The fixture comes after Worthing battled out a goalless draw at home to last season’s playoff occupants Chippenham Town at the Crucial Environmental Stadium last weekend:
Midfielder Marvin Armstrong played his final game for the Reds before making a move to National League side Barnet during the week, and bundled the ball home in the 64th minute but the goal was disallowed by a controversial call given against Ollie Pearce in the buildup, keeping the scores level.
Callum Kealy also had a chance to break the deadlock late on with a shot from outside the area, but Chippenham keeper Will Henry got down quickly to his right to save his effort.
The result left Worthing in third place in the table having yet to taste defeat in their opening four games.
Meanwhile, hosts Dartford currently occupy 10th place having won and lost two of their first four fixtures, most recently losing 2-1 on the road away to Taunton Town last Saturday:
Crawley Town loanee Davide Rodari scored the Darts’ only goal – a striker who spent a brief spell with Worthing last campaign while on a month loan from the Red Devils, scoring four goals in five appearances before being re-called by Crawley and loaned to Dorking for the rest of the campaign.
The two sides have had precious little meetings throughout their history, with the most recent one coming way back in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup in the 2009/10 season at Woodside Road:
A goal from Elliott Bradbrook five minutes before half time put Dartford a goal up at the interval, before Jay May doubled their lead in the 69th.
Jamie Brotherton pulled a goal back for Worthing with five minutes to go to set up a nervy finale for the visitors, but they hung on to progress to the next round.
Tickets can be purchased online via Dartford’s website.
Adults – £15
Concessions – £10
Youth (13-17 years) – £5
Junior – £2
- Follow A27 and A23 to M23.
Follow M23 and M25 to Kent. Take the exit towards Dartford/A225/Canterbury/M2 from M25.
Take Princes Rd/A225 to Grass Banks in Dartford.
- Take train service to London Victoria, then Gravesend service and depart at Dartford. Journey approximately two hours, 40 minutes.