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Herne Bay joint-boss Jermaine Darlington searching for ruthless streak

By Josh Fordham

Herne Bay joint-boss Jermaine Darlington says his side need to take their chances to see out games.

Bay lost at Hythe Town on Tuesday night, despite taking an early lead after a Jake Embery goal.

Darlington’s side face South Park at home in Bostik South on Saturday and he believes they need to start taking advantage of when they are on top.

Jermaine Darlington Picture: Tony Flashman
Jermaine Darlington Picture: Tony Flashman

He said: “We can’t keep having periods in games where we are dominating and then not scoring goals.

“There’s always a period in the game where teams will put pressure on you and have chances of their own.

“The performance was good on Tuesday and performance is just as important. We just need to continue doing the right things.”

Two second-half goals from Hythe consigned Bay to a 2-1 defeat. They had hit a spell of good form with back-to-back wins before Tuesday, including victory against high-flying Cray Wanderers.

Darlington said: “We started off the game well and we followed on from last week.

“We scored early and then were on top for 20 minutes after that. We had a good few chances in that period that we didn’t take advantage of.

“The boys have been playing well and have been for the last few weeks. We took the foot off the pedals and allowed them into the game and I was a bit disappointed with the goals.

“It boils down to us not taking our chances and we missed three or four.

“We won our last two games and we kept saying we are playing well and need to take our chances.

“If they continue to play how they did in the first half, we won’t have as many problems at the end of games.”

Meanwhile, Nassim Dukali has left the club for Greenwich Borough and featured in their game on Saturday.

Darlington said he will be missed but says there is plenty of talent who can step up in his place.

He said: “Nassim is a good player and did well for us. We have got players who can come in and have the same desire and do a job.

“Every player we have got at the club we have confidence in and there’s no reason why other players can’t step up now.”

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