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Dartford manager Tony Burman on the 2-0 win over Concord.

By Matthew Panting

Dartford boss Tony Burman was left singing the praises of Lyle Della-Verde on Tuesday night.

The 22-year-old former Fleetwood and Crawley wideman scored one goal and made the other as Darts picked up their first National League South victory of the season - 2-0 over Concord.

Della-Verde netted his first Darts goal against the club he left in the summer and Burman admitted; “He is a very good footballer.

Dartford's Lyle Della-Verde fires in a shot at goal. Picture: Steve Crispe
Dartford's Lyle Della-Verde fires in a shot at goal. Picture: Steve Crispe

“He has played league games and has got to drop down to go back up.

“He might have got into some bad habits, I don’t know, but I know he has a good footballing brain and can pass the ball around.

“He fits in on the left or the right, he isn’t the quickest winger but he is a good, steady wide player.

“I’m pleased for him because it’s always nice to get off the mark and he’s done that.”

Burman also praised defender Richard Sho-Silva, who has slotted In brilliantly alongside Tom Bonner with Ronnie Vint ruled out through injury.

“He has come in and done the basic things very well,” said Burman.

“He hasn’t tried to over-complicate anything. He hasn’t tried to play it out from the back, he knows what league we are in.

“He has won all his headers, and when he’s had to clear it, he’s cleared it. He is a really nice lad.”

Dartford's Ryan Hayes takes on Concord's Lewis Knight. Picture: Steve Crispe
Dartford's Ryan Hayes takes on Concord's Lewis Knight. Picture: Steve Crispe

Reflecting on their first league win of the season Burman said: “We played well enough to win the three games we had before that but it hasn’t quite gone our way.

“We said to be patient and that the first win will come because we’re creating chances and playing well.

“Under the circumstances of having a depleted squad, we’ve been excellent.

“The game could have been finished off earlier but it wasn’t to be. I’m pleased that we managed to get the first win.”

Read the match report from Dartford's 2-0 win over Concord here

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