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Dartford FC defender Ronnie Vint must perform consistently to keep his place in the team

By Steve Tervet

Ronnie Vint has been challenged to maintain his high standards after being recalled to the Dartford defence.

Vint was reunited with Tom Bonner at centre-half as the Darts won 2-1 at Chippenham on Saturday.

The pair looked solid but joint-managers Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyle won’t accept anything less than Vint’s best.

Ronnie Vint well forward on the ball. Dartford FC (white) vs Hemel Hempstead, National League South football action from Princes Park, Dartford..Picture: Andy Payton. (3550108)
Ronnie Vint well forward on the ball. Dartford FC (white) vs Hemel Hempstead, National League South football action from Princes Park, Dartford..Picture: Andy Payton. (3550108)

Flanagan said: “Ronnie’s had spells in the team and at the start of the season I thought he was immense.

“He came off it for a few weeks and we need Ronnie to be at it every week. If he’s at it every week, he’s a very good defender.

“He’s someone who could potentially go on to even bigger things but when he’s not at it, he looks average and we want players to be playing at the top end.

“If he’s not doing it, we’re going to have to make hard calls and leave him out of the team.

“That’s what happened. He came out of the team but he came back in on Saturday and gave a better performance than he’s been doing recently, which was good to see.”

Dartford host Dulwich Hamlet on Saturday knowing a win would lift them into the National League South play-off places.

The game at Princes Park is one of only two league fixtures taking place on a day when several of the Darts’ rivals are in FA Cup action.

Flanagan said: “Dulwich like to move the ball well. They’re a good footballing team and that will bring a fresh challenge.

“We’re three unbeaten in the league now. It’s all about taking small steps and trying to build momentum. Hopefully, the performance at Chippenham will go a long way for us.

“The players let a lot of people down last week (in the FA Cup defeat at Oxford City).

“The Dartford fans want to see a group of 11 giving everything for their team-mates and for the badge. That wasn’t there last week but on Saturday everyone put a shift in and that has to be the mandatory minimum for us.

“It hasn’t been there a few times away from home but thankfully on Saturday it was.”

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