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Dartford FC assistant manager Paul Sawyer on the 4-1 win over Truro City

By Steve Tervet

There was no Tony Burman in the Dartford dugout on Saturday.

The manager missed Darts' 4-1 win over Truro City because of illness.

Assistant manager Paul Sawyer took charge for the day alongside Steve Mosely.

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Dartford assistant manager Paul Sawyer Picture: Andy Payton
Dartford assistant manager Paul Sawyer Picture: Andy Payton

"He's not too good," said Sawyer when asked about Burman after the game. He's had a really heavy cold all week.

"We all know what Tony's like, he would obviously want to be here but he's not up to it.

"He's really rough at the moment but hopefully that result will make him feel better."

Andy Pugh's cracking volley had the Darts in front at half-time before goals from Alex Brown and Danny Mills, within two minutes of the restart, killed the game.

Sawyer said: "I thought we played extremely well, especially in the second half.

"It was a game of two halves. In the first half we had to dig in because the wind was really strong, a lot stronger than I think people probably imagined from the side and we defended really well.

"We got a great goal from Pughy and the hope at half-time is that you'll come out second half and take advantage of those conditions - and we did. I thought we should have scored more goals but we played some lovely football.

Andy Pugh looks for a way through the Truro defence Picture: Andy Payton
Andy Pugh looks for a way through the Truro defence Picture: Andy Payton

"It was nice to see the lads playing with a little bit of confidence."

Pugh's goal, a real beauty, came out of the blue and it was so crucial given Dartford had the elements against them in the first half. After the second and third went in, Truro simply folded.

"He's been playing very well," said Sawyer of Pugh. "We played him in the hole, he has got quality and it was a great strike. It was nice to see that fly in.

"We said at half-time that's it's a different game, so try to get the ball into people's feet. If you go too long, the wind was going to take it out of play and we got off to the perfect start.

"I was pleased for Browny to get on the scoresheet because he's been out for a long time and it was good for him to play 90 minutes - and great for Danny Mills, I thought he had a great game. He deserved his goal."

Mills, who played wide on the left, could easily have scored a hat-trick.

Sawyer said: "He's got a great attitude. He's played up top for us and we've gone three up top today.

Elliot Bradbrook wins the ball in the air Picture: Andy Payton
Elliot Bradbrook wins the ball in the air Picture: Andy Payton

"He did it well last week at Wealdstone and today he seemed to have the beating of the full-back. I thought he was a threat all game.

"Last week was big, getting a result at Wealdstone, after two defeats. It gave us confidence coming into today's game and to follow it up with a good win was what we needed.

"We just need to keep building on it now."

Dartford began the day three points clear at the top of National League South and with Havant only drawing at Hemel, dropping to third in the process, that lead is now four.

Sawyer said: "We can't do a lot about what happens elsewhere.

"It's for Havant to lose at the moment. They've got the games in hand and all we can do is look after our own performances."

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