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Dartford manager Steve King is aiming to bring a forward in on loan.

Striker Jake Robinson is still four weeks away from full fitness and King wants another attacking option to work alongside 11-goal Ade Azeez, Dan Roberts and George Porter.

Dartford manager Steve King. Picture: Keith Gillard (52709829)
Dartford manager Steve King. Picture: Keith Gillard (52709829)

It’s not as though Darts have struggled for goals this season, scoring 22 times in their first nine league games.

But King wants to make sure he has enough options after freeing up room in the budget with keeper Craig King joining Hemel Hempstead on loan.

“We just need something,” said the Dartford boss. “We might need to add a little bit to the squad, we are getting down to bare numbers a bit.

“Craig King has gone out and that’s freed up a bit of money but it needs to be the right person.

“Jake Robinson is probably another four weeks away, as in two weeks before proper training and then two weeks to get himself prepared.

“But we’ve got a nice November with the Kent Senior Cup final, and a London Cup tie versus Cockfosters.

“I think we miss a poacher like him, he has only played two games and scored three goals. You know what Jake is going to bring us but we need to get him back sharp.

“We may go in the loan market for a month and then hopefully Jake will be ready for us.”

Dartford missed the chance to extend their lead to eight points on Monday night at the top of the table after being held to a goalless draw at 10-man Chelmsford.

It was a case of two points dropped but King pointed out his team are well ahead of schedule in the quest for a play-off place.

“If you said to me nearly going into November we’d have seven wins and two draws, absolutely I would have bitten your hand off for that,” said King.

“We’re still unbeaten, it’s a point to the total. I always try to base things on two points per game, three at home and one away, that’s always been my motto. That’s 23 points from nine games so we’re five points ahead of where I see us being. It’s been a good start.

“We’ve come away to Chelmsford who have drawn with Dorking, Ebbsfleet and Oxford so they are a capable group but I think it was more about us not being able to finish them off.

“In my opinion it was two points dropped but if it was my team that had done that then I’d be in there hugging every single one of them. You have to give credit where credit is due.”

Dartford travel to one of the pre-season title favourites in Dorking Wanderers this Saturday.

After a slow start to the campaign, Dorking have picked up form and won at Maidstone last weekend.

“It’s a tough game, I don’t care what anyone says about them not starting great,” said King.

“They’ve picked up a bit of form now. I expect them to be in the top seven at the end of the season, they’ve got some tremendous players within their group. It’s another test for us.”

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