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Dartford looking for their first win of the Vanarama Conference season when Torquay United visit Princes Park

By Steve Tervet
Dartford manager Tony Burman Picture: Richard Eaton
Dartford manager Tony Burman Picture: Richard Eaton

Tony Burman wants a wall of noise to carry Dartford to their first win of the season at Princes Park on Saturday.

The Darts face Torquay United – relegated from League 2 last season – for the first time in their history.

Three encouraging performances have yielded just one point for Dartford in the Vanarama Conference and their manager wants the crowd to give his players an extra lift this weekend.

Burman said: "This is why we want to be in this league, to have teams like Torquay playing at Princes Park.

"Hopefully, the emotion and the adrenaline will kick in for us and the supporters and we’ll get a good atmosphere.

"It’s another tough game. It’s a tough weekend and a tough first five games, which we knew it would be. We feel we’ve worked hard enough to get a win but it hasn’t happened yet."

Dartford will have to cope without Lee Burns against the Gulls, the right-back having suffered a suspected cracked rib in the 1-1 draw at Woking last Tuesday.

Utility man Nathan Collier deputised for Burns at Kidderminster on Saturday, a game the Darts lost 1-0, and he’s expected to keep his place.

Burman confirmed: "Burnsy’s injured a rib and he’s going to be out for at least another week.

"He had a clash with Jason (Brown) in the Woking game. He won’t be back for this weekend but might be for the weekend after."

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