3:00pm - MondayMon 1st AprilApr 2013
| Att: 1407

4 - 1


Rivals clash on Monday

Brian Caffarey
11:22pm, Sat 30th Mar 2013
Dartford v Woking
3pm on Monday 1 April 2013

There’s been a bit of an edge in games between these two sides in the last couple of seasons –are Dartford the new Stevenage? – and both will be keen to grab the points on Monday afternoon as they aim to finish as the top part-time side in the league. A win for Dartford would enable them to overtake Woking in view of their superior goal difference.


Woking’s draw against Hereford United this afternoon was their fifth in their last six games. They had the better of the play overall and will perhaps be disappointed not to have grabbed all three points. But you had to admire the commitment and energy of a side playing its third game in five days.

Garry rested Mark Ricketts, Lee Sawyer and Jayden Stockley from his starting line-up, although all three appeared in the second half. Let’s hope Garry feels able to put out his strongest side at Princes Park.

The Cards remain in 10th place but a win could lift them to 8th spot.


Tony Burman kept faith with most of the squad who gained promotion via the play-offs last season and it certainly appears to have paid off, although, perhaps inevitably, the Darts weren’t able to sustain the excellent early-season form which saw them up around the play-off places in the autumn.

They now sit in 12th place, three points behind the Cards but with two games in hand. Like Woking, they have an impressive home record, with 11 wins, three draws and five defeats, scoring 36 goals and conceding 22. Today they earned a good point away at Newport County in a 0-0 draw.

Garry Hill will be well aware of the threat the Darts carry through the likes of Lee Noble, Lee Burns and Ryan Hayes. Charlie Sheringham is also now at Princes Park. The Darts have just brought in a Hungarian keeper from Fulham, Csaba Somogyi, to replace the injured Louis Wells.


Princes Park
Darenth Road
Kent DA1 1RT

By coach
The Cards Trust coach leaves Kingfield at 12.30pm. The cost is £12 for members and £17 for non-members.

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 to Dartford leave at 03, 13, 33 and 43 minutes past the hour, with the journey taking 40-45 minutes. Returning, trains are at 13, 29, 43 and 59 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’s a 10-15 minute walk from Dartford town centre largely alongside
the Fastrack busway.


Adults: £15
Concessions (Over 65s and age 12-17): £8
Juniors (aged 5-11): £3


Woking 1 Dartford 0
14 August 2012

A bad-tempered encounter saw the Cards sneak home over ten-man Darts as Gez Sole converted a controversial late penalty.

Both sides came into this fixture on the back of opening-day defeats, the Cards having lost 3-1 at Wrexham whilst Dartford had been beaten 3-2 at home by Tamworth.

After a quietish start the game erupted when Lee Noble was sent off in the 35th minute after committing two identical ‘yellow card’ fouls on Kevin Betsy in the space of four minutes.

Woking pressed hard in an effort to capitalise before the break but couldn’t find the net, with Louis Wells making a couple of good saves.

The Darts regained their composure after the interval and gave as good as they got for most of the half even though one man short. But in the 81st minute Loick Pires appeared to be hauled down by ex-Card Adam Green. Dartford protested furiously that the offence was outside the box but Gez Sole eventually took the kick and converted – with his celebrations leading to more ill-feeling.

The Darts came close to equalising before a relieved home crowd was able to rejoice in a hard-fought win.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Mike Cestor, Joe McNerney, Brett Johnson, Mark Ricketts (Dean Sinclair 90), Lee Sawyer, Bradley Bubb (Gavin McCallum 67), Kevin Betsy, Loick Pires, Brett Williams (Giuseppe Sole 67)

Unused Subs: Sam Beasant, Jack Parkinson

Goal(s): Sole 81

Booked: Bubb 44, Cestor 69

Dartford: Louis Wells, Lee Burns, Adam Green, Tom Bonner, Mark Arber, Tom Champion, Lee Noble, Elliot Bradbrook, Jacob Erskine (Harry Crawford 68), James Rogers (Richard Rose 87), Danny Harris (Nathan Collier 78)

Unused Subs: Ryan Hayes, Jon Wallis

Booked: Noble 31 & 35, Wells 80, Champion 90

Sent-off: Noble 35

Attendance: 1,846


The Cards have a very attractive home fixture against high-flying Wrexham next Saturday.

Come on, you Cards!

Cards run out of steam

Brian Caffarey
8:58pm, Mon 1st Apr 2013
Dartford 4 Woking 1
1 April 2013

This looked like it was a game too far for the Cards as they took to the field for the fourth time in less than a week. Unfortunate to be 2-1 down at half-time, Garry Hill’s side seemed to run out of steam after the interval, as the Darts’ more direct play, probably better suited to the difficult playing conditions, enabled them to run out comfortable winners, leaping Woking in the league table.

Garry rested Joe McNerney, moving Jack Parkinson back to partner Brett Johnson at centre back, whilst Mark Ricketts, Jayden Stockley and Lee Sawyer returned to the starting line-up, with Gavin McCallum moving to the bench. Mike Cestor had presumably not recovered from his injury on Saturday, opening up a place for Brett Williams in the sixteen.

Woking started uncertainly, with a number of mis-kicks and misplaced passes as the players tried to find their feet on a hard, bumpy surface, with conditions made worse by a swirling wind. It took the Darts only seven minutes to seize the advantage, ‘man of the match’ Nathan Collier latching onto a loose ball to hit a fine strike into the top corner, giving Seb Brown no chance.

Another direct attacking move from the home side saw Bradbrook chest down in the area before, off balance, failing to connect as he attempted to double his side’s lead. Two minutes later, he tried a bicycle kick in the box but it flew wide. Then a fluffed Stockley clearance almost gifted Dartford a goal but the hurried strike skied over the bar.

In the 17th minute a Mark Ricketts’ pile-driver, blocked, signalled the start of Woking’s revival as the Cards’ midfield began to get a grip of the game. But, first, they had to survive another scare as Collier broke free on the right, only to see his cross-shot deflected for a corner.

Bradley Bubb had a great chance to equalise in the 21st minute as he seized on a Ricketts headed flick-on but he blasted the ball over the advancing keeper and the bar.

Woking now began to dominate the play, with some nice build-up play from Billy Knott, Sawyer and Ricketts, usually with Kevin Betsy, out wide on the left, as the main target. A short corner saw Betsy feed Ricketts but his shot flew well over. But the next corner, in the 33rd minute, proved more productive. Stockley rose above the Darts’ defence to glance Knott’s header into the net.

Dartford’s attacks were now fairly sporadic but still threatened as they moved the ball forward quickly. Charlie Sheringham just got his toe to a back header but could do no more than direct into Seb Brown’s midriff.

Another Woking corner saw a Bubb back-heel rebound off the keeper. But it looked as though Woking’s top scorer suffered a hamstring injury in the process, as he limped slowly off to be replaced by Gavin McCallum.

Seb Brown had to be alert to cut out a dangerous cross from Collier before, at the other end, John Nutter disappointed with a weak free-kick and Stockley put a snap-shot, on the turn, out of the ground.

On the stroke of half-time Joe McNerney came on for Ricketts, with Parkinson filling the latter’s place in midfield. Possibly this resulted in a lack of concentration because, in injury time, Lee Noble was first to a ball ‘over the top’, guiding his finish past the stranded Seb Brown.

Half-time: Dartford 2 Woking 1

Garry sprang another surprise two minutes after the interval, making his third substitution, with George Frith coming on for Brett Johnson. Jack Parkinson moved back into central defence once more.

The promising Frith was neat and tidy in possession but, not surprisingly, the Cards seemed to miss Ricketts’ drive and determination. Knott drifted left and out of the game temporarily, with most of the creative impetus now coming from Sawyer. However, Woking seemed unable to string enough passes together in the right areas to put any real pressure on the home side.

Collier should have done better with a header from a beautifully-flighted cross from Ryan Hayes. Betsy, the Cards’ main threat, hit a left-footed effort narrowly over the bar but, with 60 minutes on the clock, Dartford scored the decisive fourth goal. As a cross came in from the Woking left, Brown managed to half block a shot but the ball ballooned up in the air and Sheringham, a couple of feet from the line, had the easiest of tasks to nod it in as it fell.

Now with a mountain to climb, the Cards, in truth, showed little sign of recovering a two-goal deficit. Instead, a fine volley from Noble in the 70th minute might have made the task even harder but the ball flew inches wide. Hayes was the next to come closest as he curled an effort past Brown’s far post.

As the minutes began to tick away, and Tony Burman began to make his substitutions, there was at least the consoling thought that Sawyer, the liveliest of Woking’s midfielders in the second half, had avoided his customary booking. But in injury time he made a totally unnecessary rash challenge, barging into a Darford player as he competed for a header, and his name was in the book once more.

There might have been the consolation of a late goal for Woking as Betsy carved out what was probably the best chance of the half, as he opened up the right of the Darts’ defence and flashed the ball across the goalmouth.

But, as if to rub salt into the wounds, the Darts had the last laugh on April Fool’s Day as Noble curled a superb free-kick from out wide on the Woking right into the top corner and beyond Brown’s despairing dive.

This result enabled Dartford to leapfrog Woking into 10th place and dealt a blow to Garry’s hopes of the Cards finishing as the top part-time side in the league. Let’s hope that, after a rest, they feel in the right frame of mind to take on Wrexham, Macclesfield, Grimsby and Tamworth in their remaining games.

Woking: Seb Brown, Adam Newton, John Nutter, Brett Johnson (George Frith, 47), Jack Parkinson, Mark Ricketts (Joe McNerney, 44), Billy Knott, Lee Sawyer, Kevin Betsy, Bradley Bubb (Gavin McCallum, 41), Jayden Stockley

Unused subs: Elvijs Putnins, Brett Williams

Booked: Billy Knott (41), Jayden Stockley (72), Lee Sawyer (90)

Dartford: Csaba Smogyi, Adam Green, Tom Champion, Tom Bonner, Ryan Hayes (Jon Wallis, 89), Elliot Bradbrook, Lee Noble, Nathan Collier (Jack Evans, 85), Mark Arber, Lee Burns, Charlie Sheringham (Jason Prior, 76)

Unused subs: Richard Rose, Steve Sutton

Booked: Charlie Sheringham (28), Tom Champion (48), Adam Green (70)

My MOTM: Jack Parkinson (pictured) – an assured performance, demonstrating again his versatility as he switched effortlessly back and forward from centre back to midfield

Attendance: 1407

Dartford LINEUP
29Csaba Somogyi
3Adam Green
4Tom Champion
6Tom Bonner
7Ryan Hayes ('90)
10Elliot Bradbrook
14Lee Noble
15Nathan Collier ('86)
16Mark Arber
20Lee Burns
28Charlie Sheringham ('77)
2Richard Rose
8Jon Wallis ('90)
9Jacob Erskine
22Jack Evans ('86)
27Jason Prior ('77)
30Seb Brown
2Adam Newton
26John Nutter
8Jack Parkinson
16Brett Johnson ('48)
4Mark Ricketts ('45)
15Lee Sawyer
24Billy Knott
9Bradley Bubb ('42)
11Kevin Betsy
25Jayden Stockley
18Elvijs Putnins
5Joe McNerney ('45)
22George Frith ('48)
19Gavin McCallum ('42)
14Brett Williams

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