Published: 08:00, 19 June 2014 |
Dartford’s reprieve from relegation has left Ebbsfleet manager Steve Brown wondering whether his side should have gone up instead of their local rivals.
Brown, in his first season in management, led Ebbsfleet to the Conference South play-off final where they lost 1-0 to Dover. That meant north Kent derbies were back on the agenda for 2014-15, the Darts having dropped out of Conference Premier after two seasons.
But just as Brown was looking forward to taking on Dartford boss Tony Burman in league fixtures for the first time, the Darts reclaimed their place at non-league’s top table as a result of Salisbury’s financial strife.
Brown said: "It’s a shame we both weren’t up there. I sat down over the summer and started hearing things about Salisbury. Selfishly, you do think 'can’t there be some kind of play-off (involving the losing play-off finalist)?'
"Could something be done that gives us a shot? We had a good season and yet two teams that got relegated (Dartford and Chester) automatically get put back into that league. It’s a selfish point of view, I know."
Brown said: "On the one hand, I was looking forward to the two games against them because I loved the cup games. The atmosphere was superb.
"But I had a good chat with Tony. I’ve got a lot of time for Tony, he’s a cracking fella. I’m pleased for him because he had a tough year last year and wants to pit his wits again, to prove Dartford are more than capable of staying in there."
Don't miss out, subscribe today. Keep up to date with our newsletters.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Find out what's going on in the garden, with Kent expert Lucy Hewett's weekly update.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.