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Tough baptism of fire for newly promoted Dartford

Dartford slipped to second bottom of the Blue Square Bet Premier table following their third defeat in three league games against promotion chasing Macclesfield Town.

The newly promoted Darts acquitted themselves well during the first period and were unfortunate to go behind just before the break, as defender Tom Champion inadvertently headed Charlie Henry’s cross into his own net.

From that moment on the Silkmen dictated affairs and were unlucky not to extend the lead as Dartford’s goal led a charmed life.

Matthew Barnes-Homer’s clever lob came back off the post before substitute Jack Mackreth suffered similar misfortune striking the woodwork, as the Kent club somehow remained just a goal behind.

Only two minutes from time did the hosts make the game safe, Mark Arber was penalised for handball, allowing Henry to put the game out of reach from the penalty spot as Macclesfield recorded a second successive victory.

Stay within touching distance

The manner in which the Kent club managed to stay within touching distance of the former Football League outfit certainly pleased manager Tony Burman.

Speaking post match Burman told BBC Radio Kent: “In the first 30 minutes we've had chances to be 2-0 up, we did really well, they're a good passing side.”

He continued: “We caught them enough times, that's when we got our chances but you have to punish the opposition.”

Despite conceding the first goal, Burman was encouraged by the response of his side and felt that the Darts could have snatched something from the game.

He added: “Once we went a goal down we put pressure on ourselves even more, but I felt the game was there to get something out of it. What I wanted when we made the subs didn't happen, the guys have done well but we went a goal down, you might as well go for it.”

Next Saturday’s clash with bottom of the table Kidderminster could prove pivotal as the Darts look to kick-start their league season.

By Daniel Ludlam

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