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HEMEL V DARTFORD PREVIEW

3 years ago By Marc Willmore

The Tudors open the new 2015/16 season with a home game against The Darts.

After the summer break, we finally return to action at Vauxhall Road, with the visit of Dartford who join us in the Vanarama National South after relegation last season. After a busy pre-season schedule, The Tudors first competitive game of 2015/16 was at Hitchin Town on Monday night in the Herts Charity Cup. Hemel beat The Canaries 0-2, with a goal in each half from Wilfred Gnahore and Jamal Lowe.

Today’s visitors Dartford return to the National League South Division after three years in the national division; The Darts were relegated last season after finishing 22nd, their highest league position was 16th, where they spent the first two games of the season. Winning only eight games over the course of the season was never form that would drag Dartford away from the relegation dogfight, for the second consecutive season they finished in the relegation zone and this time they faced a return to the second tier of the non-league game.

When asked if he had any expectations of our opponents, Tudors manager Dean Brennan stated: "I watched them play near the end of last season, against Gatehead, and I was impressed with them. Dartford are a powerful side with dynamic speed. It's a big jump from this league to the next, so I understand the circumstances that led to them being here. Their manager knows this division well, they've great travelling support and it'll be a fantastic opening game for us." For the rest of the interview with Dean, you can buy the match day programme for £2.50 at Vauxhall Road on Saturday or click here to download a digital copy now for your PC, tablet or smart phone for £1.20.

We are expecting a large attendance for this game, Vauxhall Road and the surrounding streets are likely to be very busy during the time leading up to kick off. Please consider arriving early to ease congestion at the turnstile and please be considerate to the local community if driving and parking in nearby residential areas. Entry to this game will be via the main Vauxhall Road turnstile ONLY. The turnstile at the Tenzing Road side of the stadium (located in the car park of the Dacorum Education Support Centre) will NOT be open for the game; likewise the car park there is unavailable for fans. Visitors to Vauxhall Road travelling by car should seek alternative parking arrangements and consider public car parks at nearby Queens Square and the car park at Travellodge/Toby Carvery accessible from Maylands Avenue, both of which are just a short walk away.

Vauxhall Road Admission prices:

  • Adult: £12
  • Concessions: £8
  • Under 18: £4
  • Under 12: £1
  • Match Day Programme: £2.50

Concessionary price is available for over 65's, students in full-time education and military personnel. Identification will be required.

In aid of the Tudors Football Development Trust, a signed and framed Frank Lampard shirt can be won at Vauxhall Road on Saturday. The shirt has a certificate of authenticity. Raffle tickets priced at £3 each will be on sale before kick off and at half time - the draw will take place after full time with the winner receiving the prize from a Tudors player.

After the visit of Dartford, The Tudors are back in action next Monday night and again next Saturday, both away games at Chelmsford City and Weston Super-Mare respectively. Click here for details about fans away travel arranged by the Tudors Supporters Club. The next game at Vauxhall Road is Tuesday 18th August 2015 when Maidstone United visit in the league.

Where next?

BRENNAN: WE DONT WANT TO BE BYSTANDERS Tudors boss Dean Brennan talks about the clubs targets for the new season in this weekends match day programme.
WIN A LAMPARD SHIRT In aid of the Tudors Football Development Trust, a signed and framed Frank Lampard shirt can be won at Vauxhall Road on Saturday.

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Cup 19:45
Sat 26 Jan
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League 15:00
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Cup 15:00
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