This weekend the Seagulls return to the Woodspring Stadium for the first time in almost three weeks to welcome Dartford to the South-West, in a game where the visitors will know there’s no room for error.
Following Weston’s 1 – 2 defeat at Bognor Regis, which led to them exiting the FA Cup, Weston will look to add to their three-game unbeaten streak in the league.
Winger Dayle Grubb will be looking to add to his eight league goals already this campaign and to retain his place at the top of the league scorers table. Gethyn Hill returns from his loan spell at Hereford, the Gaffer finally has Giancarlo Gabbiadini available for selection following the confirmation of his international clearance, and Irnti Rapai (Iddy) will also be hoping to make his home debut.
Dartford sit at the top of the table on goal difference, with Truro City, East Thurrock and St. Albans the chasing pack, all currently on 22 points. The Darts have won their last three league games, a 4-2 win over Eastbourne Borough and a dominant 3-0 win over Chippenham Town, both at home. Before that, they recorded a 0 – 4 win away to Whitehawk. Dartford captain Elliot Bradbrook has recorded seven league goals so far this season.
Last time these sides met, back in January at Dartford’s Princes Park, the home side recorded a 3-2 win. Goals from Gethyn Hill and Lloyd Humphries weren’t enough to prevent the Seagulls slipping to a late defeat. It’s been six years since one of the teams in this fixture drew a blank, Dartford beating Weston 4 – 0 on the opening day of the 2011/12 season. Last season, Dartford had a 100% record over Weston, beating them 1 – 2 away and 3 – 2 at home in the league, where as the Darts dumped Weston from the FA Trophy 2 – 4 at the Woodspring.
Marc McGregor looked ahead to the fixture, “The squad want to put last weekends match behind them and they are all hungry to prove what they can do. They discussed the Bognor match between then and have identified what they want to focus on to grind out the result. Our form on paper doesn’t truly reflect the efforts that have been put in on the pitch as well as on the training ground. We took a point from Chelmsford at Melbourne when they were top, and we should have, arguably, taken all three points. The lads know what they are capable of and are keen to prove it by continuing our positive recent league form”