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Dartford FC boss Tony Burman looks ahead to three home games in a week

By Steve Tervet

Dartford have the chance to build some real momentum when they begin a run of three home games in a week on Saturday.

Tony Burman’s side host Chippenham this weekend looking to build on Tuesday’s 4-0 win at Whitehawk which lifted them to sixth in National League South.

Darts have scored more goals (20) than anyone else in the division and only leaders Chelmsford have conceded fewer, so the manager is understandably satisfied with how things are going.

Alfie Pavey scored one of Dartford's four goals at Whitehawk on Tuesday Picture: John Westhrop
Alfie Pavey scored one of Dartford's four goals at Whitehawk on Tuesday Picture: John Westhrop

Burman said: "Under the circumstances, with players missing still, we’ve done well.

"We’ve conceded six goals but one of those was a penalty and three were from free-kicks, so we’re not getting torn apart in open play.

"Defensively, we’ve been sound and we’ve had enough clean sheets to say that’s a decent start to the season.

"We’ve had a lot of goals and I’ve always said that if you’re creating chances, you’ve got the opportunity to score. I’m not looking at one particular person to do it, it needs to be shared about.

"I’m pleased with the start. We’re slightly under target but hopefully we’ll get that changed in the coming games."

Following the Chippenham game, Dartford host Eastbourne on Tuesday before taking on Barking in the FA Cup second qualifying round next Saturday.

Burman said: "We could do with a few wins on the bounce. Hopefully, we can start to kick on but as long as we’re involved there, I’m happy.

"If we’re creating chances and winning games, that’s good enough for me at the moment."

Tom Murphy returns to the squad on Saturday and fit-again Ronnie Vint is pushing for a start, while Danny Harris should feature despite coming off with a tight hamstring in midweek.

Forward Duane Ofori-Acheampong is due to start training tonight (Thursday) having not been involved since the end of last season, although fellow striker Warren Mfula remains doubtful with a groin strain.

Deren Ibrahim is back in the Dartford goal after missing two games on international duty with Gibraltar and Burman is pleased to have his No.1 back.

However, he said: "Jordan Beeney came in from Charlton and did all right.

"It’s difficult sometimes for the younger players to come in and I’m not expecting them to be flawless when they play for us.

"They’re not used to our sort of football and he made a mistake for one of the goals at Hampton but his overall play was excellent."

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