Dartford begin their quest to make their mark in the Blue Square Premier, and it hasn’t exactly started with a bang.
A home game against Tamworth began with a win of the coin toss.
There was one goal for Dartford, but Tamworth went one better and won.
The match was entertaining, hard fought, and plagued by some dodgy ref-ing, at least in the eyes of the Dartford supporters.
How Dartford failed to equalise is one of those mysteries.
Mind you, the match attracted the largest number of photographers I’ve seen since just once before.
And that lot didn’t include me, or the lone Tamworth Photographer on is own down the other end.
In the space of a couple of days, an away match against Woking.
Dartford had a player sent off after 2 yellow cards, which was a blow. I couldn’t see what the offences were from my position.
To quote Ron Greenwood, “Football is a simple game. The hard part is making it look simple”
Tony Burman makes a point. Woking were tough opponents, having won promotion at the top of the South league last season. Then, after a few days break, it was off to Macclesfield for the first long-distance away game. A four-hour coach trip, mercifully on clear motorways, and a welcome to Cheshire.
Macclesfield have a larger stadium than Dartford, having been demoted from the league above last season. They were tough opponents, and once again Dartford had a penalty awarded against them.
It seemed to me that Dartford were either forced into or possibly planned to play a very defensive game. I can tell that because I positioned myself towards the Macclesfield goalkeeper end and to my dismay found a lot of the action was down the other end of the pitch.
There were opportunities, but Dartford couldn’t get past Macclesfield’s defence. It made me think that the team have a really uphill challenge this season.