18 November 2017. Dartford win 4:1. (Warren Mfula 26', Lyle Della-Verde 34' and 53', Alfie Pavey 57') (J. Edge 64' for Gloucester) Result keeps Dartford at the top of the table on equal points with Braintree who lost their match.
Dartford welcome new opponents to Princes Park this weekend when they host one of the National South newbies Gloucester City. Fifteen and a half years since their last meeting in the Southern League days, the Darts take on the Tigers who spent the last eight seasons in the National North. The Gloucestershire club switched regions in the summer and travel to Princes Park on the back of a three game unbeaten run. Meanwhile, Dartford have lost back to back fixtures after defeats against Truro City on Saturday and Swindon Town in the F.A Cup the weekend before. The Darts long journey to Treyew Road started in the worst possible fashion when they found themselves three down after just nineteen minutes. Tyler Harvey scored for the host from the penalty spot and Cody Cooke’s three double gave the White Tigers three goals in six minutes. Ronnie Vint pulled a goal back mid-way through the first half in the 3-1 loss. It was yet another slow start after the F.A Cup tie versus League Two side Swindon Town saw Dartford three down inside 26 minutes in a 5-1 reverse. Elliot Bradbrook missed the trip to Truro after the birth of his son, Duane Ofori-Acheampong is recovering from injury and Andy Pugh is serving a suspension, the second of three games. Despite consecutive losses, Dartford have won their last four National South fixtures at home stretching over September and October. In that run the Darts gained a crucial three points against St Albans City with a 2-1 win, beat Bognor Regis Town, triumphed over Eastbourne Borough and overcame Chippenham Town scoring 12 goals in the process. Dartford’s last meeting against Gloucester City in 1992 ended without a goal for either side. However, the Darts did win the home game in the Southern Premier League that season at Watling Street 2-0.
Dartford:D. Ibrahim, D. Harris, M. Onyemah, T. Bonner, R. Vint, L. Noble, R. Hayes, E. Bradbrook (C), A. Pavey, W. Mfula, L. Della-Verde. Subs A. rown, R. Sho-Silva, A. Cue, M. Habte, H. Fulton.
Gloucester: T. Hadler, K. Thomas (C), L. Hall, R. Cundy, S. Avery, C. Knowles, J. Hanks, t. Webb, E. Moore, J. Parker, K. Chambers. Subs: K. Parselle, C. Ten-Grotenhuis, J. Edge, J. Storer, W. Murford.
Referee: D. Spain
Images by Carol White-Griffiths and Peter White
Keywords:Dartford, Gloucester, National, South, Vanarama, football, non-league, soccer
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