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Dartford boss Tony Burman has warned against complacency ahead of their Skrill Premier clash against Hyde

Dartford manager Tony Burman Picture: Andy Payton
Dartford manager Tony Burman Picture: Andy Payton

Dartford entertain the Skrill Premier’s bottom club this weekend but manager Tony Burman has warned fans not to expect an easy ride.

With a wretched record of two points from 15 games, visiting Hyde are statistically the weakest club in non-league’s top flight.

Burman, though, pointed to how the league table looked exactly 12 months ago as an example of how quickly the picture can change.

He said: "You’re not going to be relegated in October.

"Hyde, after 15 games last season, were at the bottom and they survived, so you can’t look too much into it.

"Kidderminster (who finished second) had 15 points from 15 games this time last year and Telford (who got relegated) were eighth with 21 points."

Saturday’s game will be viewed by some as Dartford’s easiest of the season, but Burman said: "If we, or the supporters, approach the game with those thoughts, we’ll come unstuck.

"There is no room for complacency."

Elliot Bradbrook has racked up five bookings and the Darts skipper serves his one-game suspension on Saturday.

Dartford's injury list continues to grow, meanwhile, with Kenny Clark (hamstring), Jason Prior (ankle) and Adam Birchall (hamstring) all doubtful for the Hyde clash.

Matt Fry (knee) played the second half of Dartford's 1-0 win over Charlton in the Kent Senior Cup on Wednesday and he could start at the weekend but Tyrone Sterling (calf) is out for at least another two weeks.

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