Burman has no intention of leaving

Monday 06th March 2006

Dartford manager Tony Burman has hinted he’ll be leading the club at their new Princes Park stadium next season, writes Stephen McCartney.

The Darts’ stalwart was relieved that his side were still inside the play-off zone - despite losing their third home game in succession.

A crowd of 434 witnessed Enfield Town come way from Stonebridge Road with all three points after Bryan Hammant scored the only goal of the game on Saturday.

The North Londoners are now in second place in the Southern League Division One East table, five points behind Boreham Wood, who lost 2-0 at Chatham Town at the weekend.

Barking & East Ham United will leapfrog over the Darts into sixth place if they collect at least a point at Barton Rovers on Tuesday night.

Burman told www.dartfordfootballclub.co.uk “On Saturday we lost our third home game in a row. Whether you think we were unfortunate or not the fact is that we have dropped another three points in our attempts to finish in a play-off position this season.

“What does surprise me is that after the game we found out the other teams results we’re in the same position in the table as before the game started.

“Although this will probably change on Tuesday night when Barking play their game in hand, whatever happens from here on in we are going to be in the thick of things.

“We might have nine games left but I am delighted we are involved in trying to get into a play-off position this season, rather than having nine games to survive.

“As for Saturday’s game I felt every single player gave his best and was delighted with some of the football we played, especially in the first half against a well organised side like Enfield Town.

“In the last two games I felt we have deserved more than what we’ve got points wise. Ok, you make your own luck but all I can say is our luck must be in the pot at the moment being stirred ready for the next nine games.”

The Darts boss explained his tactical thoughts and keeps the faith with former Chatham Town striker Brendan Cass.

He said: “I will try and clear up one or two things for you. The 4-5-1 formation has been the back bone for our improvement this season.

“I have stated that I did not want to rely on any one player converting all the chances we create, but try to have five or six players capable of converting them.”

“In Brendan Cass, I think we have a player who can hold the ball up, makes good runs on his own and will score the odd goal or two, which his track record has proved.

“In my opinion he will be an excellent addition to this squad and that comes under the heading of quality, which is what I want to attract to this club.”

However, the Kent side were left ruling their luck against their promotion rivals.

Burman bemoaned: “On Saturday we hit the post, the bar and had a goal disallowed, created another five clear cut chances and played entertaining football.

“Ok, we lost but the players gave their best and that’s all I can ask. On another day who knows what might happen and the next day is against Potters Bar on Saturday.

“Regarding my future, there has been no official statement from the club, as this would come across as the dreaded vote of confidence.

“Seriously though, I have no intention of not being here next season. There is far too much to look forward to and above all I am actually enjoying the challenge."