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Dartford FC captain Elliot Bradbrook keen to be at home in second leg of Chelmsford City play-off

By Matthew Panting

Captain Elliot Bradbrook wants Dartford to finish third in National League South.

The Darts will take on Chelmsford in the play-off semi-final but who gets to play at home in the second leg is yet to be determined.

Darts finish their season at home to Bishop’s Stortford and away to Poole, while Chelmsford host Bath and then visit Hungerford.

Dartford could move to daytime training next summer Picture: Matthew Walker
Dartford could move to daytime training next summer Picture: Matthew Walker

"Chelmsford won on Monday so we’re on the same points again with two games left," said Bradbrook.

"I’d much rather finish third than fourth to have the second leg here rather than away.

"Up to now we’ve just been trying to secure that place. There’s been a lot of talk this week about some teams being allowed in or not but the manager said he wanted to make sure we got in on merit.

"We can start looking ahead to those play-off games but we need to try and finish third so we’ve got two big games to finish off."

Dartford and Chelmsford have 78 points but the Essex side have a seven-goal advantage. It means there is even more pressure to thrash strugglers Stortford on Saturday.

Stortford lost 8-0 at Ebbsfleet last month and were beaten 5-0 at Wealdstone on Monday.

"Yes, goals are important," admitted Bradbrook. "We’ve got to win our last two and try and put a few goals into the net.

"You never know with teams that have gone down. I’ve been with teams that have been relegated and you can play with a bit more freedom.

"It’s going to be another difficult game but thankfully it’s at home."

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