Monday 24th October 2005

We have to adapt to certain conditions, admits Burman


Dartford will be enjoying their own home comforts when they return to Stonebridge Road on Tuesday night to play Barking & East Ham United in a Southern League Division One East fixture, writes Stephen McCartney.

Following their thrilling victory over Dover Athletic in their FA Trophy replay, the Darts were brought down to earth with a 3-0 defeat at Rothwell Town at the weekend.

But Darts' boss Tony Burman insists his side must put up with poor playing surfaces when they tackle teams away from their lush playing surface at Gravesend & Northfleet.

He told www.dartfordfc.co.uk: "Yes, the pitch was heavy, there was a slope from end to end and yes we did kick down the slope first half, and yes the linesman gave a penalty against us, which could have gone either way - so what!

"If we are going to be a good team in this league we have to adapt to certain conditions when we arrive at away grounds.

"On Saturday we had enough chances in the first half to take a one or two goal lead by getting around the back of their defenders.

"When you don't take your chances sometimes decisions go against you, like the penalty decision that was given by the linesman.

"Hopefully over the season we will get a decision that will go for us.

"I just feel the determination and will to win was not in us on Saturday, which for me was disappointing.

"With all due respect to Rothwell, they are not the best side we have played against this season and to me this was three points dropped."

Tenth placed Dartford have a three point gap over their next opponents, Barking & East Ham United, who are under performing if you go by last season's standards.

"This season they have a little bit of a slow start but have picked up some good results of late," added Burman.

"This will be a very difficult game for us and I hope the players have learned from Saturday and improve, not only as a team but as individuals and get the result that we all want."

Dartford v Barking & East Ham United
Southern League Division One East
Tuesday 25th October 2005
Kick Off 7:45pm
at Stonebridge Road, Northfleet