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Cheshunt v Dartford

Dartford are guaranteed to remain top of the National South even after they visit Cheshunt on the weekend.

The Darts had a wonderful festive season completing a double over their local rivals and title contenders Ebbsfleet United for the first time since 1979. Victory on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day propelled Dartford to the summit. Cheshunt also fared well picking up four points against Concord Rangers to leave the Ambers unbeaten in five.

Earlier in the season, Dartford began their home campaign with a 2-1 win over newly promoted Cheshunt. The Hertfordshire side won promotion via the Isthmian Premier League playoffs and after winning on debut, in the National South, travelled to Princes Park for their first away match at this level. Maxwell Statham made his first appearance for the Darts, but it was Pierre Fonkeu’s brace that made all the difference. In the first half, the striker curled a shot from the edge of the box into the Cheshunt net and benefited from Luke Coulson’s and Samir Carruthers excellent interplay in the second half. Former Dartford graduate Dajon Golding scored a late consolation for the visitors.

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Highlights – Dartford v Cheshunt (13/08/2022) – Dartford FC TV

Alan Dowson’s side have had an outstanding time of late with three consecutive victories over a pair of title challengers. After a 0-0 draw at home to Bath City in which Dartford were outplayed, the Darts were in third place trailing league leaders Ebbsfleet United by three points and 14 goals. Next up came a tricky away match at second place Havant and Waterlooville. Alex Wall’s double either side of an own goal moved the Darts ahead of the Hawks and into second after a 3-1 win.

Extra significance surrounded the double header with rivals Ebbsfleet United and Dartford passed with flying colours. Without a league victory against the Fleet at Stonebridge Road for 43 years, the Darts were three up inside 11 minutes on Boxing Day going on to win 4-1. Wall continued his good form in front of goal to wrap up the scoring, but it was Luke Allen, Coulson and Statham who put Dowson’s men in charge.

The return fixture at Princes Park on New Year’s day was even better and yet again Wall netted, his fourth in his last three appearances. A spell of Ebbsfleet United pressure, which included a stunning goal line clearance from Statham, subsided after Malachi Napa scored with a precise shot, his first goal for the Darts. Charlie Sheringham was introduced against one of his former teams and grabbed his 60th career goal for the Darts. To cap off a brilliant display defender Connor Essam chipped in with a fourth heading in at the far post. Since the Bath City stalemate, Dartford are now six points clear of the Fleet and seen a goal difference swing of 19 on their rivals. Three consecutive victories means the Darts have lost just once in their last seven since exiting the F.A Trophy, opening up a five point lead over second place Havant and Waterlooville.

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Highlights – Dartford v Ebbsfleet United (01/01/2023) – Dartford FC TV

Part of Dowson’s management team, Steve Haughney expressed his delight at another win, he told Dartford FC TV: “Obviously I’m pleased with the past week, two fantastic performances and six points, but in the bigger scheme of things we’re top of the league, but it’s not May yet”. Work ethic is key to Dartford’s recent success and leading up to the trip to Cheshunt, “the plan is to work hard, which we do week in, week out on the training field. Whether it’s Cheshunt, whether it’s Ebbsfleet United, whether it’s Havant and Waterlooville we’ll approach the game in the same way”. Haughney recognises that there is a long way until the end of the campaign and the Darts will need to remain focused if they want to maintain a title challenge, he added: “Over the next couple of weeks we’ve got games on paper that we should win, but they are banana skins. We won’t get ahead of ourselves and hopefully we’re in the mix come May time”.

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Interview – Steve Haughney talks to Dartford FC TV after the New Year’s Day win

It has taken some time for Cheshunt to settle into the National South and although they are in the relegation zone, their current form has given them a chance to stay in the division. Over the last eight league outings the Ambers have picked up the same number of points as the Darts and now only goal difference seperates them from safety.

Craig Edwards led his side to a historic opening day win at home to Hampton and Richmond Borough, but went on a sequence of ten straight defeats. That poor run was ended with a 1-0 away victory at Hemel Hempstead Town and although the Ambers went on to record two more wins they were still losing regularly until December arrived. Out of the last 15 points on offer, Cheshunt have notched up 11 with three straight triumphs sandwiched between two draws. In fact, the Hertfordshire club helped Dartford when they beat Ebbsfleet United at Theobalds Lane thanks to an early Reece Beckles-Richards penalty.

Approaching their festive double header against Concord Rangers with confidence, the Ambers claimed the Boxing Day spoils by overcoming Concord Rangers 4-2 despite going a goal behind. Like there season, Cheshunt were slow to get out the blocks and found themselves a goal down midway through the first half. Six minutes after falling behind Beckles-Richards equalised from the spot and before the interval Raul Da Silva had the hosts ahead. Cheshunt extended their advantage in the second half through Billy Cracknell and Lewis Hobbs, and in the final minute the Ambers conceded a second.

The return fixture on New Year’s Day finished all square with former Dart, Ricky Modeste rescuing a point for Concord Rangers in the final minute. However it was another ex Dartford player that gave Cheshunt the lead in the first half when Rowan Liburd opened the scoring. The striker only made three appearances for the Darts in December 2019 whilst on loan from Hereford.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 1 / Cheshunt wins: 0 / Draws: 0

Current League Form

Ebbsfleet United H 4-0 Concord Rangers A 1-1
Ebbsfleet United A 4-1 Concord Rangers H 4-2
Havant & Waterlooville A 3-1 Ebbsfleet United H 1-0
Bath City H 0-0 Dover Athletic H 2-0
Chelmsford City A 0-1 Weymouth A 0-0
Concord Rangers H 3-1 Oxford City H 1-2

Previous Meetings

Dartford 2 – 1 Cheshunt (13/08/2022 – National South)


  • Dartford’s eight goals over the festive period mean they are now the National South’s top scorers with 54 goals
  • The Darts also boast the best goal difference with +29, five ahead of closest rivals Ebbsfleet United
  • Only Havant and Waterlooville (27) have taken more points away from home than the Darts (23)

On This Day

Six different goalscorers found the back of the net on this day in 2017 including Tom Bonner, who opened the scoring in a 6-1 win over East Thurrock United. Alex Brown, Andy Pugh, Tom Murphy, Ryan Hayes and Elliot Bradbrook completed the rout. Dartford have won eight of their last nine games on the 7 January, a 0-0 draw with Arlesey Town in 2006 the only dropped points. This season the Darts are in a title battle and one of the challengers is Havant and Waterlooville. The two sides met in 2012 with Bradbrook and Danny Harris both scoring a brace in a 4-1 victory in the campaign Dartford were promoted to the National League. Other notable results include a Southern Premier League victory over Grantham in 1978 which finished 4-0, a 5-0 Kent Floodlit Cup first round triumph against Ashford Town in 1971 and a 4-1 win versus Merthyr Tydfil in the Southern League First division back in 1967.

Dartford v Cheshunt

Dartford will want to keep up their winning start in their first home game of the season against newly promoted Cheshunt.

The Darts made Princes Park a fortress last season going 17 league games unbeaten, their best home run from the start of a campaign since the 1925/26. However, home form towards the end tailed off as they lost two of their final three fixtures and also fell short in the playoffs on home turf. Dowson and his team will want to get back to the excellent home form that served Dartford so well last term and make it consecutive victories to begin 2022/2023.

Last weekend, new Dartford signing Pierre Fonkeu had a debut to remember in Bath. Likewise, the Cheshunt made a statement in their first ever National South fixture helped by two former Darts.

Alan Dowson gave first league starts to Davide Rodari, Sam Odaudu, and Fonkeu and was rewarded with a 2-0 victory in the opener against Bath City. It took Fonkeu 65 minutes to open his account and he was involved again forcing an own goal five minutes later. Goalkeeper Dan Wilks provided the assist for the first goal when he played a long pass into plenty of space from a free kick on the edge of his box. Fonkeu used his pace and strength to get through on goal and side footed a confident first time shot into the roof of the net. The second goal came from the striker setting Carruthers on a charge through the centre and after the ball found its way out wide, the midfielder continued his run, received the ball and squared it across to Fonkeu who applied enough pressure on Bath City defender Zac Bell.

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Highlights – Bath City v Dartford (06/08/2022) – courtesy of Dartford FC TV

Assistant manager, Christian Jolly was delighted with the way Dartford handled a tough Bath City side, he spoke to Dartford FC TV and said: “It was a professional performance, we were really pleased. We traveled overnight, we tried to do things as properly as possible, the boys were on board and they took on the information we gave them and they delivered”.

Jolly praised Fonkeu on his debut, commenting: “He had closest to the complete performance for ninety minutes. First half he did all of the dogged stuff and the ugly stuff. Second half, he then had the opportunity to show his quality and score some real individually quality goals”. The assistant boss also singled out the adaptability of Odaudu and Luke Allen in midfield. Allen had to replace Kristian Campbell at half-time who picked up a shoulder injury. Whilst Odaudu started out in midfield then filled in for Campbell at full back, whose injury will be assessed ahead of this weekend’s fixture. Striker, Alex Wall continued his return from injury with a substitute appearance, whilst Charlie Sheringham was not ready to make the squad.

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Interview – Christian Jolly after the Bath City victory – courtesy of Dartford FC TV

Cheshunt arrive in the National South with momentum knowing they have already created history. The Ambers are guaranteed their highest ever league position and on the opening day were not deterred by the step up. Manager, Craig Edwards can be delighted with his team’s attitude last weekend after they went two down versus one of Dowson’s former clubs Hampton and Richmond Borough. It turned out to be one of the results of the day with Cheshunt staging a comeback in the final fifteen minutes.

Dajon Golding, once of Dartford’s academy set the Ambers on their way on his debut after signing from Worthing in the summer. The striker made two substitute appearances for the Darts and scored in the Kent Senior Cup almost seven years ago. The equaliser came from last season’s joint top scorer Rowan Liburd, another ex-Dart who made three appearances during a loan spell in 2019/2020. In the final minute, the other top scorer from last season, Reece Beckles-Richards netted a dramatic winner to get the Hertfordshire off the mark. There was one more Dartford connection in goal, Preston Edwards who was signed by the Darts as back up in July 2020.

Craig Edwards summed up the day when he spoke to www.cheshuntfc.com, he said he had: “Mixed emotions really. I was really disappointed with our first half performance. I thought we were timid, I thought we were off the pace. It looked like for the first time ever for this group, the occasion had got to us a little bit”. The Ambers boss was pleased with the change of attitude after the break, leaving him excited about the challenges ahead. Coming into this fixture on Saturday, Edwards said: “I expect 100% from the boys and 100% from me and the staff, giving it everything we’ve got. If we do that then we’ve got a chance with anyone”.

The Ambers came fifth in Isthmian Premier League South last term and won the Isthmian Promotion Final against Hornchurch to cap off a brilliant campaign. The Hertfordshire club won the county senior cup for the first time and reached the last sixteen of the F.A Trophy. It was only three years ago when they won the playoff final to get into the Isthmian Premier making it back to back promotions in their last two fully finished seasons.


  • Dartford are unbeaten in their last seven home openers of the season winning their last two (W4, D3)
  • Charlie Sheringham could make his 100th start for the club if selected in the starting eleven

On This Day

Charlie Sheringham was on target twice in a convincing 4-0 opening day victory over Weston-super-Mare in 2011. Elliot Bradbrook scored the first of the afternoon and another current player, Tom Bonner also found the back of the net. That win made it four out of four on 13 August after a 2-1 win against Guildford City in 1969, a 3-1 triumph over Whitstable Town in 1994 and a 1-0 victory over Arlesey Town in 2005. The run came to an end in 2013 when the Darts lost 4-0 to Aldershot Town in the National League. Dartford drew their last game on this day six years ago against Chelmsford City. Luke Wanadio put the Darts ahead in Essex only for Shaun Jeffers to equalise.

Season Preview 2022/2023


History was created when the Ambers won the Isthmian Premier League South Promotion Final against Hornchurch after coming fifth last term. In their 75th anniversary year, goals from Amadou Kassarate and the winner scored by Zack Newton crowned a phenomenal campaign for Cheshunt. The Hertfordshire club won the county senior cup for the first time, reached the last sixteen of the F.A Trophy and will now be playing at their highest level since forming. Excluding the two covid hit seasons, the Ambers have been successful in back-to-back playoff campaigns after winning promotion to the Isthmian Premier three years ago.

2021/2022 Season
Isthmian Premier: Winners
F.A Cup: 3rd Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy: 5th Round
County Cup: Winners
Top League Scorers: Reece Beckles-Richards and Rowan Liburd (14 goals)

Manager – Craig Edwards

It was a brave decision when Edwards left Ware after just 47 days to takeover a Cheshunt side bottom of the Isthmian Division One North. That was in January 2018 and by the end of that campaign the Ambers had conceded a century of goals. In his first full season, Edwards won promotion from the Isthmian Division One South Central via the playoffs in a remarkable turnaround. That experience proved useful again last term as Edwards took Cheshunt up through another playoff. The Ambers boss also had spells as manager at Billericay Town and Kingstonian before the short stint at Ware.

Summer Transfers

Transfers In Transfers Out
Dajon Golding (Worthing) Adam Crowther (King’s Lynn Town)
Will Seager (Worthing) Nicholas Dib (Dandenong City)
Wyan Reid (Brightlingsea Regent) Jerry Puemo (Sittingbourne)
Joe Payne (Concord Rangers) Amadou Kassarate
Brandon Adams (Royston Town)  

Head to Head

No previous meetings

Next Meetings

Dartford v Cheshunt – 13/08/2022
Cheshunt v Dartford – 07/01/2023