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Dartford FC joint-manager Adam Flanagan on the trip to Concord Rangers

By Steve Tervet

Adam Flanagan expects a feisty affair when he takes Dartford back to his old club Concord on Tuesday night.

Flanagan left Concord at the end of last season and was appointed joint-boss at Princes Park following Tony Burman's resignation.

Now he returns to the Aspect Arena for one of the most eagerly-anticipated fixtures in National League South with both teams looking to build on good starts.

Dartford joint-managers Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyle Picture: Andy Payton
Dartford joint-managers Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyle Picture: Andy Payton

Dartford have taken seven points from their first three games while the Beachboys, now managed by Sammy Moore, have an identical record.

Sub-plots are not limited to the technical areas with several players having swapped sides over the summer.

Dartford legend Ryan Hayes is now a Concord player while Alex Wall, having joined the Darts in June, was released on the eve of the season and duly signed for the Essex side.

With Ben Greenhalgh and Billy Roast having moved in the opposite direction, all the ingredients are there for a spicy contest.

Flanagan said: "I'm expecting an exciting game. They've started the season well and it'll be an entertaining fixture.

"Every game managing Dartford is an exciting one for me. I had three seasons that I enjoyed at Concord with difficulties along the way.

"I don't think it's anywhere near being the same as when I was there, which I think the club needed. It's good to see the chairman has bought into that.

"They've recruited a lot of ex-League and ex-National League players. When I was there, we were looking to develop the youth and, due to the finances, were taking chances on bringing players up through the leagues.

"Now that's changed and I think they'll be a different proposition because of that.

"I believe the game will be played in a good spirit.

"Concord will want to continue the run they're on and I'm expecting a big reaction from Saturday (when Dartford drew 0-0 with Hemel Hempstead).

"Players didn't attain the level of performances they'd previously offered so I'm excited for the opportunity of the next game and that's added to because it's my old club."

Elliot Bradbrook returns after missing the Hemel game through work commitments.

Kudus Oyenuga is fit enough to start but Lee Noble faces a pre-match fitness test.

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