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Dartford defender Mark Onyemah reaping rewards of extra efforts after training

By Matthew Panting

Mark Onyemah is feeling the benefits of extra work on the training ground.

The 21-year-old left-back enjoyed his best game in a Dartford shirt to help his team see off Havant on Saturday.

It was the clean sheet boss Tony Burman had been craving but Onyemah wants to add a more attacking threat to his game.

Dartford's Mark Onyemah keeps Havant at bay Picture: Andy Payton
Dartford's Mark Onyemah keeps Havant at bay Picture: Andy Payton

He said: “It was one of my best games. I defended well, was up and down, so I was pleased.

“Clean sheets come first but if I can help the team with goals or assists, then why not? It’s something that I’ve been working on in training.

“I spend 20 minutes or so after training, working with the wingers sometimes and also spending some time shooting.

“I’m growing in confidence and getting into the final third now. You have to put in the extra work, this league is competitive and everyone is on it.”

Onyemah joined Darts in the summer after finishing last season at Thurrock, the club he left in 2014 to join Luton.

He never made a first-team appearance at Luton but has impressed at Princes Park.

He said: “I dropped down to Thurrock and wanted to start enjoying my football again, which I did.

“Now I’m here and I want to stay focused. There’s a long way to go in the title race yet but we’re going to enjoy it.

“It was a good win (against Havant), an important one as we were joint top and now we’re a few points ahead of them.

“We wanted to stay tight and get the job done. The early goal took the pressure off just a bit, we had to stay concentrated, though.”

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