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Dartford boss Tony Burman calling for consistency after mixed results in league and cup

By Steve Tervet

Dartford will be looking to get back among the National League South frontrunners when they host Bognor Regis on Saturday.

They surrendered top spot two weeks ago after crashing to a 3-0 defeat at Weston-super-Mare.

But the Darts were back on form last weekend, thrashing Needham Market 6-1 to reach the FA Cup fourth qualifying round.

Darts boss Tony Burman wants to see goal celebrations every game Picture: Andy Payton
Darts boss Tony Burman wants to see goal celebrations every game Picture: Andy Payton

“We’ve got to be consistent,” said manager Tony Burman, whose side are now fifth, three points behind leaders Truro.

“We were all disappointed at Weston. The players know it wasn’t right and too many of them were below-par.

“Bognor are a good footballing side. They’ll come and play but we’ve got to do the things we’re good at and hopefully we get back on track.

“I’m not sure there’s a right and a wrong way to play. If you win, that’s the right way."

Dartford are hoping for a bumper crowd on Non-League Day, having announced several one-off ticket offers.

Under-16s get in free while supporters with season tickets at EFL clubs pay just £7. Family tickets, admitting two adults and two under-16s, are available for just £20.

Burman said: “The more people in there making a good atmosphere, the better. If we can get a big crowd coming in, hopefully we can encourage them to come back.”

Dartford have no injury concerns but Deren Ibrahim is on international duty with Gibraltar and academy graduate Tony Coxall was sent off playing for Rochester last week, so Burman needs to bring in a goalkeeper.

He said: “I haven’t made a decision on that yet. I’m talking to people and we’ll have someone in by Saturday.

“It hasn’t helped with (academy graduate) Tony Coxall being sent off playing for Rochester on Saturday.

“Unfortunately he’s unavailable now, which has made the problem even more so.”

Danny Harris returns to the squad after missing the cup tie on work business, while striker Duane Ofori-Acheampong is expected to feature again.

He played his first minutes of the season at Needham and is now pushing to break into the starting XI.

“We’ve got to get him match-fit now,” said Burman. “He needs the sharpness and timing.

“We trained on Monday and he was excellent. Hopefully, he improves with the intense training and sooner or later, he’ll get his chance to start.

“Once we get him back, it’s going to be like having a new signing around. Hopefully he can take his chance.”

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