Dartford FC unfortunately ducked out of the FA Cup against Forest Green Rovers on 23 October 2012. However, Luton are still in the running for the FA Cup. Pity for the Darts, because Dartford beat Luton 2:0 in November! Luton beat Woverhampton Wanderers on Saturday 5 January 2013, beating a Premier League side 1:0. Despite the 59 league places between the teams, Blue Square Bet Premier play-off hopefuls Luton always looked comfortable against a Wolves outfit with only three wins in 17 outings.
Luton next play Norwich. Being currently 6th in the Blue Square Premier league table, I think their manager Paul Buckle has high expectations if, as reported, he “insists promotion back to the Football League remains the priority for his heroes”. Luton were last in the Football league in 1992, but he says: ” we lost our league status, it hurts and is quite embarrassing for the supporters”. I’d have thought that a great many of their current fans would hardly remember that time, so the ’embarrassment’ factor should be less of a concern. At least he’s realistic:
‘Just because we have got this great history, fanbase and ground it doesn’t guarantee you getting out at all. We have got to work hard and pay respect to the league because it is a tough, tough league.’ Metro, 6 January 2013.
Macclesfield – the Silkmen – face either Wigan or Bournemouth. We have to wait until the weekend of 26-27 January for that. Before that match, Dartford play Macclesfield at home on 15 January.
Mansfield, the other Blue Square Premier team who were in the running, lost out to Liverpool at home in a somewhat controversial game, involving (who else?) Luis Suarez and a ‘handball’ foul when the ball rebounded off the Mansfield keeper to find its way into the goal. There was a good clear shot of the incident published in the press. Since it is a Getty image it’s not available for me to publish, but if you want to look for it, go to Getty Images and search for #159036066. Photographer Clive Mason got lucky with that one! Mansfield’s Manager, Paul Cox, won’t be getting his forthcoming honeymoon paid for by Blue Square – promised if the team had won the match.
So this Saturday, Dartford FC meet Bromley FC in another local derby (another red team), this time for the FA Trophy.
Belief is everything. As Harry Crawford said in an interview recently :
“We lost our last four league games but the lads didn’t let their heads drop,”
“Everyone gets their heads up and pushes on.
“Hopefully we can push on now and get a few more wins under our belt.”
That’s what everyone is rooting for this Saturday. Should be a good match.
Here’s a cutting from the Kent News website with one of my images from last year’s competition.