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Dartford FC midfielder Joe Healy will only play when his work schedule allows

By Steve Tervet

New signing Joe Healy may not feature much for Dartford between now and the end of the season.

The former Welling and Maidstone midfielder made his Darts debut in the 2-1 defeat at Chelmsford on Saturday.

But the 32-year-old, who’s only been playing local football this season, will be an occasional squad player at best.

Joe Healy pictured during his time at Dover Picture: Martin Apps
Joe Healy pictured during his time at Dover Picture: Martin Apps

Darts joint-boss Adam Flanagan said: “To be truthful, I’m not sure how much we’ll see of him.

“He’s got a very busy schedule with his work and he did it as a favour for (fellow boss) Jamie Coyle because they’re good friends.

“We were in a position where we didn’t have Lee Noble or Elliot Bradbrook and Mark Onyemah pulled out of training late so we were very limited with the choices we had.

“Jamie spoke to Joe and he said he’d come in for a game.

“It could be that he lets us know what games he’s available for and maybe he features again, but at the moment we’re not too sure.”

Noble has completed his three-match ban and Bradbrook will also be available for the visit of Concord on Saturday.

Flanagan’s old club are two places and two points above Dartford in the race for the National League South play-offs.

“It’s going to be difficult,” he said. “Sammy Moore’s got them very well organised and they’ve got a lot of experience in the team, players that have played in the Football League.

“I know Alex Wall got sent off at the weekend and they’ve got a couple of injuries so it’s whether those injuries come back.

“I expect they’ll put bodies behind the ball and try to counter on us so that’s what we’ve got to prepare ourselves for.”

Dartford, having scored late to beat St Albans two weeks ago, conceded twice in the last five minutes at Chelmsford.

Flanagan said: “A fair reflection of both games might have been a draw, because after 85 minutes both times we were drawing.

“One of those games we were able to turn into a victory but on Saturday we weren’t able to hold on and it turned to a loss.

“We could have been sitting on two points (from those two games) but we’re sitting on three. There’s a little bit of disappointment but there’s a massive game against Concord.

“When you look at our fixture list at the moment we’re playing all the teams in the play-offs, so we can’t afford to lose too many games in this period.

“We go Concord, Woking away, Bath at home, Slough away and Woking at home.

“We’re playing four teams above us so what we can’t afford to do is not pick up any wins.”

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