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Dartford FC striker Charlie Sheringham impressing his joint-managers

By Steve Tervet

Charlie Sheringham has been hailed as a leader in the Dartford dressing-room after continuing his fine form this week.

Sheringham scored the winner at Hampton on Saturday and he's now got six goals in 10 games since rejoining the Darts in September.

But the 30-year-old is not just proving an asset in the penalty area.

Dartford's Charlie Sheringham battles for possession Picture: Andy Jones
Dartford's Charlie Sheringham battles for possession Picture: Andy Jones

Darts joint-boss Adam Flanagan said: "Charlie's been really good since coming back to the club.

"He's really impressed me and Jamie (Coyle) with regards to his presence on the pitch and around the dressing-room.

"He demands high standards of his fellow players and that's really pleasing. I don't see lots of players being like that these days.

"We always knew that if he got opportunities, he would score. He's not getting lots of opportunities at the moment but he's making the most of them."

Dartford's season of transition is on an upward curve with three straight wins having lifted them to fifth in national League South.

They've won six of their last seven league games and have lost only one of their last 10.

Flanagan said: "It sounds a lot better than it did at the start! We can't complain but Jamie and I believe we're just touching the surface of what we've got at the moment.

"There are still improvement areas but we're winning games. Eight of those nine games have been by one goal and we want to kick on.

"Even on Saturday, we had a couple of really good chances to put the game to bed so we need more ruthlessness and we'll start winning games by more than one goal."

Dartford are away to league rivals Eastbourne in the FA Trophy third qualifying round on Saturday.

It's a tie worth £5,000 to the winners and Flanagan said: "Because we have to sustain ourselves, any cup game with a financial reward becomes important.

"As a player, you get excited because there's the potential of 'where could it go?'

"The club got to the semi-finals (in 2012/13) and everyone I've spoken to about that run said what a good experience it was. It would be nice to replicate that.

"Eastbourne are a good footballing team, like they showed at our place, so it'll be a difficult fixture on their astro pitch.

"But we've turned a corner in the league and it would be nice to continue that form at the weekend."

Captain Tom Bonner will be assessed before the game after coming off with a tight hamstring at Hampton.

Dartford are set to extend their loan deal for Colchester keeper Bailey Vose while striker Delano Sam-Yorke has joined Kingstonian for a month.

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