Duncan Gardner shares his Facts of the Match ahead of this afternoon’s fixture against Dartford.

In our history against The Darts we have a treble twenty, double five of fixtures against the Kent based outfit (70 games in old money). We have won exactly half of those games (35) with 16 draws and the 19 losses. We last faced our visitors today in October of this season in the league when we returned pointless from the Princes Park stadium following a 0-3 loss. On that day Wall bagged a brace with Johnson supplying the other.

Before this campaign we last played the Black and Whites away in the FA Trophy in January 2022. Then our rivals progressed to the next round by scoring the only goal of the game. This victory exacted revenge for our dramatic penalty shout-out National League South playoff win seventeen months before. On that famous day at the Bob Lucas on 1st August 2020, we secured our promotion to the National League thanks to a 3-0 penalty shoot-out success after a goalless ninety minutes. Although Dartford failed to score at all in that final, they can now gloat that we have failed to find the net against them in 280 minutes of play since our last onion bag rustler in a 3-1 league win in 2019.

The stellar list of more notable players who have featured for both teams includes Tommy Henderson, Ron Fogg & Ray Tumbridge. More recently Pierre Fonkeu & Jordan Greenidge have featured in both dugouts, the former still in the Dartford squad today.

Weymouth fans may also remember with disdain a certain Charles Sheringham who is currently enjoying his fourth spell at Dartford. He is now 34 but Terras fans may recall that back in 2009 the young “Charlie” (as he was then known) scored FIVE goals against us in a 6-2 win for his then team Bishop’s Stortford! Luckily for us he is probably out injured at this current time!

Today marks our seventh game against a Kent side this season. Five of these games have resulted in losses but the one win was at least emphatic – a 5-0 away win at Tonbridge Angels in December. Our last home win against a Kent team within 90 minutes was the fabulous 5-1 hammering of Maidstone United in February 2020.

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