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Cards target away win

Brian Caffarey
10:46am, Fri 8th Apr 2011
Dartford v Woking
3pm on Saturday 9 April 2011

On paper at least this is, if only marginally, the easiest of the Cards’ three remaining away fixtures, which have got to yield some points if Garry Hill’s side are going to grab a play-off place. So, a win has to be the target. Dartford, however, have a good home record, so it’s a tough call for the Cards. Garry has asked for great support tomorrow, so get on down to Dartford if you possibly can to cheer the team on to victory!


Barring injuries, Garry should be able to choose from a full squad for tomorrow’s game, assuming Michael Doughty has returned in time from his midweek international duty with the Wales U19 side.


The Darts lie in 11th place in the table with 48 points from 36 games. At home they’ve won 7, drawn 7 and lost only 4 games, scoring 29 goals and conceding 22. They are unbeaten at home in their last six games.

Starting with their most recent game, their last five results have been:

St Albans City 1 Dartford 2
Dartford 3 Lewes 0
Dartford 2 St Albans City 2
Staines Town 2 Dartford 0
Dartford 0 Eastleigh 0

Charlie Sheringham scored a brace against Lewes and also in the 2-2 home draw against St Albans City. He also netted two in the Darts’ midweek win over Ramsgate, which took them to the Kent Senior Cup final.


Princes Park
Darenth Road
Kent DA1 1RT

By coach

Leaves Kingfield at 12.30pm. Members £11. Non-members £16. Phone the Club Shop (01483 772470) or email today to book.

By car

Take the M25 eastbound. Exit at J2 (towards A2(E)/Canterbury/M2/Dartford) then at roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the ramp to Dartford/A225. At the Princes Road interchange roundabout take the 1st exit onto Princes Road/A296, heading towards Dartford/Crayford/A225. Continue to follow Princes Road, then turn left at Darenth Road traffic lights and second left into Grassbanks. Journey time is around 60 minutes according to the AA.

By train

You’ll need to head up to London to Waterloo East. Trains from Waterloo East to Dartford are at 05, 12, 29, 35, 42 and 59 minutes past the hour and take about 40 minutes. Trains leave Dartford for Waterloo East at 18, 22, 28, 48, 52 and 58 minutes past the hour.
The Dartford FC website gives the following directions for getting from the station to the ground. Exit station straight ahead towards the Orchard Theatre/Shopping Centre. Do NOT cross the bridge but take the steps/ramp down to the bus stops Then take the Fastrack B service towards Bluewater/Gravesend and alight at the Princes Park stop. Buses run every 10 mins during the day.
It is a 10-15 minute walk from Dartford town centre largely alongside the Fastrack busway.


Woking 2 Dartford 2
27 November 2010

The Cards went into this game unbeaten in the last eight games but having failed to win at home in the league since 11 September. They started poorly against Dartford and found themselves a goal down in only seven minutes as Ryan Hayes executed a delicate lob over Andy Little. Elvis Hammond equalised somewhat fortuitously and the Cards began to pile on the pressure, taking a deserved lead just before half-time when Craig Faulconbridge headed in from Ricky Anane’s fine cross. The on-loan Jerome Federico was replaced at half-time by the more defensively-minded Jerome Maledon and the Cards seemed to lose their way. George Purcell equalised with a stunning half-volley and by the end the Cards were grateful to hang on for a point, with Purcell and Charlie Sheringham missing several good chances.

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Don’t forget that the Cards are at home to Bishop’s Stortford next Saturday.

If you’re not travelling to Dartford tomorrow, why not pop down to Kingfield to see the reserves play Northwood in the Suburban League? Kick off is at 3pm and admission is £4 for adults and £2 for concessions.

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