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12 February 2013

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Our guide to tonight's clash

It's Saturday-Tuesday from here on in for the Town and next up is a midweek trip to Dartford in the Blue Square Bet Premier.


Where? Dartford play their home games at the plush surroundings of Princes Park. Opened in 2006, this modern football ground not only has the facilities to hold 4,000 raucous football fans but also has the pristine interior to hold up-market expense spared there then!

Princes postcode It's one that should be fairly simple to remember...DA11RT – clever, eh?

Royal Regiment It is not just the name of the ground that oozes majestic stature but since its £7 million construction, Princes Park has also produced a neat nine-hole golf course on location and hire-able astroturf facilities fit for a king.

It's going to be (enviro) mental! Princes Park comes fully kitted out to fulfil the environment's needs! Low-energy lighting is provided, solar panels on the roof generate communal energy and there is a water recycling system that serves the stadium.

To the away end Roughly 700 travelling Hatters will pack out the away section. It'll be time for the Hatters to up their singing voices from the... Car Park End – the none-too-majestic name of the away end.

Orbital For those of you religious away travellers this one is a walk in the park. Just under 60 miles separates the two grounds which should see you reach your destination in just over an hour. Actually, scrap that, the M25 is never straight forward, is it? Especially during a midweek rush hour, so leave in plenty of time.

Catch the Coach... Bobbers will of course be providing travel coaches to and from the ground for those of you who would rather avoid the agony of driving. It's £18 for adults and £15 for concessions and the coach departs the Maple Road car park at 4.30pm.

Ground Bingo Enough of the talk about the modern maintenance that has seen Princes Park erected, for many, including the Hatters starting XI, it will be the first visit to Kent as the teams meet for only the second time.

Take Two It will be the second meeting between the sides this season with the Hatters out to rectify the blemish put in place by the Darts in November. That day saw the Darts pierce through the Hatters defence and steal a 2-0 win and leapfrog them into the Play-Off places.

Ladies and Gentlemen...Let's...Play...Darts! Not quite a six-pointer but a firm victory for the Hatters could prove the catalyst for a continuous run of form. The Town are still playing catch-up due to their cup exploits and every game is important.

Home or Away? Dartford have found their feet in the Blue Square Bet Premier this season and their rise to the top half of the table has been largely due to their success at home which has seen them ruthless in front of goal, netting over 30 times already this campaign. Forgive the darting pun but lets hope their finishing is off.

One Hundred and Eighteeeeen! For those of you looking for a strenuous link between the sides, there is one. Single 18 required for the Hatters after winger Dave Martin spent two years in Kent bagging 14 goals in just under 70 appearances prior to his move to the Championship with Crystal Palace.

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