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Dartford FC injury list now includes Tom Murphy, Lee Noble, Alex Brown and Tom Bonner

By Steve Tervet

Dartford’s injury list has grown even longer ahead of Saturday’s trip to newly-promoted Havant & Waterlooville.

Centre-half Ronnie Vint has been ruled out for up to three weeks with an ankle injury sustained in Saturday’s season opener against Hungerford.

Darts were already missing strikers Andy Pugh and Duane Ofori-Acheampong and there was more bad news for boss Tony Burman during the week.

Tom Murphy came off injured after scoring for Dartford at Braintree Picture: Andy Payton
Tom Murphy came off injured after scoring for Dartford at Braintree Picture: Andy Payton

Tom Murphy was injured in the process of scoring at Braintree on Tuesday, where three other senior players picked up knocks.

With defender Keaton Wood also nursing an Achilles problem, Darts could be down to the bare bones when they head to Westleigh Park.

Burman said: "I’ve got about four from Tuesday night. Tom Murphy, Lee Noble, Alex Brown and Tom Bonner all have problems after the game.

"It is what it is. We know we’ve got a small squad and we’ve got to get on with it.

"Injuries happen, we know we had three of our players already out so we just have to be patient.

"Hopefully, the knocks from Tuesday are not as bad as first thought and they may be OK for Saturday. I can’t say until we see them on Thursday night.

"Ronnie’s definitely out for the weekend. Pughy is close but I don’t know whether the weekend will be too soon.

"He’s getting there. The injury’s recovering each day, it’s just an awkward type of injury.

Dartford manager Tony Burman Picture: Andy Jones
Dartford manager Tony Burman Picture: Andy Jones

"It’s the ligament that runs along underneath the heel and right along the sole of his foot. It’s inflamed and it’s something you’ve got to look after and give it rest.

"He’s responding to treatment at the moment and we’ll have to see what happens at the weekend."

Dartford make the trip on the back of two draws while Havant, last season’s Isthmian League champions, have four points so far.

Burman said: "They’ll be one of the strong sides. They got relegated after a good cup run, it got in the way but they’ve now got promoted.

"They got their first win on Tuesday so it’ll be tough. It always is when you go to Havant."

Defender Richard Sho-Silva made his debut at Braintree after signing this week.

Burman said: "I spoke to Richard a couple of weeks ago and said that if he hadn’t found a side, for him to come in and sign and see how things went.

"That got put more forward when Ronnie was injured on Saturday. He’s got some plans he’s looking to do university-wise and if he does well, who knows what might happen?"

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