Although it feels like a loss, it was a well-earned point at Oxford City, says Dartford boss Tony Burman

Monday 27th February 2017

DARTFORD boss Tony Burman says he was feeling disappointed to come away from Oxford City with a point at the weekend.

Ryan Hayes gave Dartford the lead in the second half, but the hosts grabbed a point when Ezra Forde levelled inside time added on.

Dartford travel to their Kent rivals Welling United on Tuesday night sitting in third-place in the Vanarama National League South table with 60 points from their 30 league outings and are now seven points adrift of table-topping bitter-rivals Ebbsfleet United, but Burman’s men have a game in hand.

“Obviously we were all disappointed with conceding a goal in stoppage time on Saturday,” Burman told

“It’s not something that has happened to us too many times this season and there were one or two things leading up to the goal which I felt we should have done better.

“I thought defensively throughout the game we were excellent but the conditions of the pitch and the wind played a major part in the standard of the game for both sides.

“We changed our system at half-time which to be fair I think worked and we then went on to force a number of corners and Ryan scored a great goal.

“At that point I must say I thought we were going to go on and win the game especially when we had a couple of chances to increase our lead.

“Although it feels like a loss, it was a well-earned point and it also means we haven’t lost two games on the trot.

“I am delighted with where we are at the moment and how things have gone.”

Welling United are 13 places lower than Dartford and go into the Park View Road clash on the back of a 1-0 home defeat to Wealdstone at the weekend.

The Wings have collected 32 points from their 30 league games and are seven points clear of the relegation zone with 12 games left to play.

Meanwhile, second-placed side Maidenhead United, a side that are level on points with Ebbsfleet United, have signed Jack Parkinson on a one-month’s loan from Vanarama National League side Dover Athletic.