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Dartford FC manager Tony Burman says the next three months will be crucial in Vanarama National League South

Tony Burman believes the next three months will be massive for Dartford and has predicted a big shake-up in National League South.

Darts are five unbeaten in the league and they climbed into the top half with a 4-2 win over Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday.

And with games in hand over all but one of the sides above them, Dartford are well placed to make an assault on the play-off places.

Dartford manager Tony Burman Picture: Andy Payton
Dartford manager Tony Burman Picture: Andy Payton

Burman said: "We’ve got a massive few months coming up. We’ve got to get through to the end of February and this league will be turned upside-down again as far as I’m concerned.

"The next three months are important. You’ve got to play in a certain type of way and you’ve got to be on your game consistently over a number of games for that period.

"If you’re there or thereabouts at the end of February, that’s the business end of the season.

"Pitches and conditions are completely different. It’s a case of who’s prepared the best."

Dartford are working to a three-year plan as they bid to return to the National League but Burman believes his young side are good enough to reach the play-offs this season.

He said: "I would honestly hope so. The next period is crucial. We’ve got to make opportunities and turn things around.

"I would like to think we will be top-half and in there. For me, you’ve got to time your run (into the play-offs)."

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