Town aim to begin Darts trilogy with a win

Richard Peniket is set to be a certain starter for Town after his hat-trick against Alfreton on Saturday
Richard Peniket is set to be a certain starter for Town after his hat-trick against Alfreton on Saturday

FC Halifax Town make the first of two trips to Dartford in the next two weeks when they play their first league game of 2015 on Tuesday (7.45pm kick-off).

The two clubs have also been drawn together in the third round of the FA Trophy on January 24, while the return league fixture at the Shay in March will make it three meetings in just two months between them.

Dartford are currently seven points adrift of safety after winning just one of their last nine league matches.

They did win their last game, but only just scraped past Burgess Hill 2-1 in the second round of the FA Trophy at the weekend thanks to Danny Harris’ late winner.

Midfielder Elliot Bradbrook is their top-scorer with seven goals, but only Nuneaton have scored fewer times in the division than Dartford, while only bottom-club Telford have won fewer matches.

Tony Burman’s team have kept only two clean sheets all season and have lost eight of their last 11 games in all competitions.

Despite banking £43,000 in prize and TV money this season, the Kent club have told Burman they will not be increasing their playing budget in their fight for survival.

Halifax have won five of their last eight games in all competitions, but their win at Worcester in the first round of the FA Trophy is their only victory on the road in their last eight away trips.

Only three teams have conceded fewer goals on their travels in the division than Halifax, while only four teams have scored fewer goals on their own patch than the Darts.

Goals from Joe Ironside and Josh Wilson sealed Town’s 2-1 win at Dartford last season.

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