Town take aim against Darts

Lee Gregory celebrates his goal against Dartford back in August.
Lee Gregory celebrates his goal against Dartford back in August.
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It was only last season that Dartford were the part-timers enjoying life in the top half of the Conference Premier.

But that must seem like a lifetime ago to Darts fans now as their side languishes in the relegation zone, without a win in their last 11 games.

They have scored just once in their last five outings in all competitions, with only Southport, Chester and Hyde finding the net fewer times in the Skrill Premier.

Tony Burman’s men have just one win from their last 16 matches, and that came against basement-dwellers Hyde.

Nine of their last 10 games have ended in defeat, with the Darts only three more losses away from matching their total from the whole of last season.

It’s no coincidence their fortunes have taken a turn for the worse after the summer departures of influential duo Tom Bonner and Tom Champion to Cambridge, who are sitting pretty at the top of the table after finishing below Dartford last term.

Loanee Matt Godden is their top-scorer with five goals and extended his deal from Scunthorpe for another two months at the start of November, but has only scored once in his four appearances since then.

Town’s loan players should maintain their presence in the starting 11 with Lee Gregory, Ryan Toulson, Danny Lowe and Matt Pearson all expected to be absent, although Marc Roberts could be in line for a return to action.

Sam Patterson, Joe Ironside, Tom Anderson and Archie Love may all feature as the Shaymen go in search of their first away league win of the season, although Reece Gray misses the first of three games after his red card against Woking last week.

Neil Aspin’s men are currently in their worst form of the campaign, with four defeats on the bounce.

Town’s only previous visit to Princes Parksaw them progress to the semi-finals of the FA Trophy after a dramatic clash that ended 3-2 to the hosts.

The Shaymen eased to victory in the reverse fixture earlier this season though with second-half goals from Lee Gregory and Kevin Holsgrove.

Another win tomorrow could lift Halifax up to ninth in the table, but victory for Dartford could see them climb out of the drop zone.