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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
23:38 15th July 2012

PRE-MATCH THOUGHTS:

Paul Buckle: “The Conference is getting stronger year by year and there are certainly no easy games. Sometimes after a promotion season teams go up and carry that on and that's certainly happened with Dartford. They've had a good start to the season and they look like they're having a right go at the league and fair play to them. They will come to Kenilworth Road looking forward to the game. I don't think they will park the bus, I've watched them a couple of times and I expect them to go for it.”

Dartford manager Tony Burman: “Luton are one of, if not, the favourites to get promoted. It’s a fantastic club with a lot of history and they’re desperately trying to get out of this league and back into the Football League where they probably belong. Maybe people are not giving us any chance and we’ve got a point to prove, I don’t know. We’re just pleased to be involved in such big games."



TEAM NEWS

Hatters: Paul Buckle will again be without frontman Jon Shaw for Saturday's fixture as he misses out for a third consecutive game with a thigh injury. Mark Tyler has returned to first-team training and will be competing with Dean Brill for the keeper’s jersey. Alex Lawless returned on Tuesday night but may be rested after Jonathan Smith's addition gives Buckle the luxury of resting midfield players if necessary. Centre-half Dean Beckwith is also available after his recovery from injury whilst Jake Robinson has returned to Northampton.

Dartford: The Darts will be without leading scorer Harry Crawford for the trip to Kenilworth Road after his dismissal in midweek against Forest Green Rovers will see him miss out. Tony Burman will also be without forward Adam Birchall after he returned to his parent club Gillingham following a brief loan spell.



IN FOCUS - DARTFORD FC

Manager: Tony Burman
Last Season: 2nd Conference South (Play-Off winners)
Nickname: The Darts
Top Goalscorer: Harry Crawford (7 League Goals)
Hatters Link: Harry Crawford was on trial with the Hatters in the summer.



DID YOU KNOW?

Just six seasons ago these two sides were worlds apart with the Hatters fighting it out in the Championship whilst Dartford were settled in mid-table in the Ryman League Division 1.

Dartford's highest ever recorded finish in the football ladder was back in 1984-85 when they reached lofty heights of third in what is now the Blue Square Bet Premier.

Dartford play their home matches at Princes Park. The post code for the ground is DA11RT – the closest postcode possible to represent the word “DART”.

This will be Dartford's second visit to Kenilworth Road. The ground played host to an FA Trophy second replay in February 1972 between Dartford and Wellingborough that the Darts won 3-0.

Official Website: http://www.dartfordfconline.com



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