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Dartford FC could welcome back Elliot Bradbrook, Lee Noble and Jamie Philpot this weekend

By Matthew Panting

Dartford are hoping three key players will be back for their Bank Holiday double-header.

Having gone three games without a goal in National League South, Darts travel to Hungerford on Saturday before hosting East Thurrock on Monday.

Striker Jamie Philpot, former captain Elliot Bradbrook and midfielder Lee Noble all missed the home reverse to Wealdstone.

Midfielder Elliot Bradbrook could return for Dartford this weekend Picture: Andy Payton
Midfielder Elliot Bradbrook could return for Dartford this weekend Picture: Andy Payton

"It's three big players potentially to come back and if they’re match fit, they can play a big part in the weekend," said joint-manager Adam Flanagan.

"Jamie with his hamstring - it was one of those. If the game was tightly contested (against Wealdstone) and there was an opportunity late on to decide it then we might have put him on but he hadn't trained.

"Lee Noble has got a little bit of pinching in his knee that we need to make sure is right so hopefully he’ll be there.

"Elliot was up all (Friday) night with a sickness bug so hopefully he’ll be back."

As for the two games, Flanagan hopes not having a midweek fixture in the build-up will work to Dartford's advantage.

"I think we need the week off just to address things," he said. "Hopefully if we can do that coming into the games my expectation is that there will be huge improvements in the performance levels from the players.

"That’s what we’re working on this week. If we can come out of those two games with a healthy points return then maybe that will eradicate a little bit of (the Wealdstone defeat).

"A week is a long time in football and we need to make sure we utilise this week as best we can."

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