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Dartford coach Martin Tyler calls on players to use win over Torquay United as blueprint for rest of National League South campaign

Dartford coach Martin Tyler wants the team to be more consistent.

Their topsy-turvy season continued last time out in National League South with a 3-0 home win over Torquay nearly a fortnight ago, inspired by loan duo Richard Chin and George Alexander.

Coach Martin Tyler was impressed with Dartford’s display against Torquay last time out. Picture: Keith Gillard
Coach Martin Tyler was impressed with Dartford’s display against Torquay last time out. Picture: Keith Gillard

The Darts return to league action at home to leaders Yeovil this Saturday and Tyler wants another big performance from their players.

“The new players arrived with a bang against Torquay but we need to keep the right kind of explosions happening on the field for a lot longer before I say that we’ve turned the corner,” said Tyler.

“The Torquay win put a few smiles back on faces but it was one game and we’ve got to do it more regularly. That’s still a big challenge.

“Everyone gave a seven, eight or nine out of 10 against Torquay and we’ve got to do that every game. One of the reasons why the players are at this level is because finding consistency is very difficult.”

Meanwhile, Tyler has tipped Alexander to move back up the leagues - on the back of a successful spell at Princes Park.

Alexander has joined from National League Bromley having come through the Millwall set-up, where he made his first-team debut for the Lions in 2019.

“I first saw him playing for Bromley at Aldershot in a FA Trophy game where (manager) Andy Woodman didn’t play his strongest side, and he scored,” noted Tyler. “Then he scored against us for Welling, and for Slough.

“We had a bit of a joke in the dressing room before the Torquay game that every time I’ve seen him play, he’s scored.

“He’s a very interesting player in that he gets into scoring positions. He scores the sort of goals that other players don’t.

“He’s got an instinctive sense and I think he’s still young and is still developing, physically. That knack, you can’t coach it, so we were anxious to get him.

“He’s from Dartford so that helps and he’s got football in his family. I think he’s got potential to be a top striker at a higher level than this.

“I’d be delighted if a spell at Dartford - and we’ve got him until the end of the season - enhances that chance.”

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