Dartford's Opening Victory Eases Boss Burman's Burden

Dartford can now play without the burden of securing their first win of the Vanarama National League South season.

That is the view of their long serving manager Tony Burman who was "absolutely delighted" by Tuesday's 2-0 home win over Concord Rangers.

It was a relief to the club after a slow start. Three draws from the games against Hungerford, Braintree and Havant wasn't what was expected.

Though now they don't need to concern themselves with a first win as they got the job done in midweek. Burman was a happy man.

"We have actually played well enough to win all of the games that we've played so far but they have all been draws which was a frustration," said Burman.

"But it was a good feeling to get that first win under our belts on Tuesday night against a good Concord side. Maybe we can play with that bit more freedom now we have got off the mark.

"We knew we had to be patient and if we were then the first win of the season would arrive sooner rather than later.

"We have been creating chances and I have got to say playing excellently. We knew we would have to be on top of our game because Concord sides always give 100%.

"Our problem is that in the first few weeks we have had a depleted squad but we have still performed well in all the games, but it's great to get that first win on the board, no doubt about it.

"All the time we have got the players out injured that we have, we have got to continue to encourage the players that are out there."

This weekend coming it's Oxford City and keeping the winning momentum is something Burman is keen to do.

"We are still unbeaten, and we are back at Princes Park on Saturday so hopefully we will be talking about another three points for us and getting on a good winning run of form," said the Darts manager.

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