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Dartford FC joint-boss Adam Flanagan on the visit of Gloucester City

Dartford put their long unbeaten home record on the line against Gloucester City on Saturday.

It’s more than three months since Darts lost at Princes Park, during which time they’ve taken 17 of a possible 21 points.

They beat second-placed Woking last time out and joint-boss Adam Flanagan knows the importance of extending that run.

Dartford joint-manager Adam Flanagan Picture: Andy Jones
Dartford joint-manager Adam Flanagan Picture: Andy Jones

“The home record has been great this year,” he said. “It’s something we need to maintain because good runs in the league are normally based around home records.

“We have to make sure that in the last home games of the season we maintain the levels we’ve set.

“Gloucester, when I looked, were above us in the form guide and it shows the impact a new manager’s had there.

“They’ve had a lot of tough games recently and still managed to come away with points. We watched them at Slough the other week and I thought they were superb.

“We’ll take nothing for granted because last weekend none of the top 11 won, which just shows every team has a threat.”

Dartford’s average home gate this season is 1,144 and Flanagan would love to see that figure rise during the run-in.

He said: “When teams come to us, we have to give them respect but this is where we expect to have the greatest opportunity for winning.

“It’s an important place and we need to represent ourselves well because without the fans, we are nothing.

“There’s no financial backing at the top so it makes the home games even more critical because if the fans don’t come through the gates, it impacts on what our budget is.”

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