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Dartford FC boss Tony Burman delighted to see ex-Gillingham midfielder Alex Brown score his first goal for the club

By Steve Tervet

Tony Burman praised Alex Brown after the midfielder scored his first Dartford goal in their 2-0 home win against Hungerford on Saturday.

On a day when goalkeeper Deren Ibrahim made headlines by scoring from inside his own half, Brown capped another quietly impressive midfield display with a second goal late on.

Brown collected Luke Wanadio's pass from the left, turned his man and angled a low shot into the bottom corner. It was a fine goal and boss Burman was delighted.

Dartford manager Tony Burman Picture Andy Payton

Dartford manager Tony Burman Picture: Andy Payton

He said: "Alex Brown has been exceptional in midfield for us. I’m pleased for him.

"He’s another new player and he’s not been mentioned too much in the six games we’ve had.

"He’s quietly gone about his business and I’m pleased he got the winning goal at the end.

"I’m very pleased to follow on from last week’s result at Weston.

"We knew it was going to be difficult, Hungerford have come up and the reports I had on them were good. They stick together as a unit and work really hard for one another and I thought we saw that today."

There were only 11 minutes remaining at Princes Park when Ibrahim's free-kick travelled 70 yards and dropped over Hungerford keeper George Legg's head for the most unlikely of openers.

Burman said: "It’s just one of those things. It happens in football.

"I reminded the guys that in previous games we’ve played this year, we’ve hit the post three or four times, it’s hit one post, gone across the line and we haven’t scored.

"Sometimes these things even themselves out.

"Deren’s put a long ball in from a free-kick, it’s on target and unfortunately for the keeper and for Hungerford, he’s misjudged it, to our benefit.

"I think the wind played a part," he added. "We spoke about the wind at half-time, we were against it first half and where they were knocking some longer balls in, we felt it would hold up for us.

"It’s got a bit more on it (for Ibrahim's goal) when the keeper’s come out. It gave us that little bit of luck and we didn’t have that in some of the games we’ve played this season in respect of draws when they should have been wins and the loss (at Whitehawk) I think should have been a win. It’s come good for us today and I’m pleased.

"I honestly felt, in the first half, that we created but didn’t trouble the keeper too much. We started very well but needed that bit of quality.

"Second half it was there again, there were still chances being created but we didn’t have the will power or the right final ball to get the ball in the back of the net.

"We had two cleared off the line as well so, all in all, they’ve caused us one or two problems on the break but overall we deserved to get the result."

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