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Dartford boss Tony Burman says league the priority ahead of FA Trophy tie with Dover Athletic

Tony Burman admits promotion remains the main priority ahead of Dartford’s FA Trophy clash with Dover on Saturday.

The first round tie is the first meeting between the sides in the competition for six seasons and while the Princes Park boss is eager to progress, he is not taking his eye off the ball regarding his main target for the season – promotion.

Burman said: “It’s a one-off game, we are at home, the onus is on us, and we want to beat Dover and get through to the next round but we know what our priorities are."

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

However, Burman admits they will be underdogs against Dover, adding: “They have done exceptionally well and Chris Kinnear has done a fantastic job there.

“They were unfortunate to miss out last season, he then lost a lot of players but has replaced them with some excellent signings. You have to give him credit for that.

“I am looking forward to the game, let’s make it a good one and may the best team win.”

Darts have little time to dwell on the Trophy with a trip to leaders Maidenhead the following week and Christmas and new year games against neighbours and play-off rivals Ebbsfleet.

Burman added: “The games are coming thick and fast and that’s why it was so important to get three points against Poole, and give ourselves a little bit of breathing space.

“Are Maidenhead catchable? I think everybody is – you just have to get on with your own job and hopefully come the end of March we are in a similar position or better. If we are, I will be delighted.”

Read the full story in Thursday's Dartford Messenger.

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