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Dartford prepared for tough Skrill Premier fixtures against Salisbury City, Kidderminster Harriers, Cambridge United and Luton Town

16 January 2014
by Steve Tervet

Dartford manager Tony Burman (Pic Keith Gillard)

Dartford manager Tony Burman (Pic: Keith Gillard)

Dartford may have finally halted their 10-match losing run but now they’re braced for their toughest run of fixtures so far this season.

Tony Burman takes his side to Salisbury on Saturday, hoping to exorcise the demons of their disastrous FA Cup exit at the same ground in November.

And a tough trip to Kidderminster follows on Tuesday night before the Darts prepare to tackle title rivals Cambridge and Luton on consecutive weekends at Princes Park.

"It’s unforgiving," Burman admitted. "But we’ve been to those clubs and we’ve performed well last year against those sort of clubs, so we’ve got to try to do that again.

"It’s going to be difficult. We know we’re in a difficult situation, a difficult position, but you’ve got to work hard and you hope things go for you."

Dartford haven’t won away in the league since August but Burman hopes their 1-1 draw at Welling on Friday night will give his players confidence.

He said: "We’ve got a tough game on Saturday and hopefully we can build on (that result). I’m not saying it’s going to get us out of trouble or anything like that, but it’s a start for us.

"It had to happen somewhere and it happened on Friday night."

Dartford should have Kenny Clark available for the Salisbury game after the centre-back missed Friday’s local derby because of a slight groin strain.

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