Whitehawk welcome in-form Dartford to the Enclosed Ground today (Saturday) and will hope to put their FA Cup heartbreak behind them and return to winning ways… writes Anthony Scott.
The Hawks sit in fifth, the final play-off spot, ahead of the game – although have a game in hand, and sit two points behind Oxford City in third.
Steve King has challenged his Whitehawk players to make up for their heartbreak on Wednesday night by winning promotion.
The Hawks lost 3-2 after extra time to Dagenham and Redbridge in an FA Cup second round replay in front of a record crowd of 2,174 at the Enclosed Ground.
He said: “Promotion is the challenge. We must dust ourselves down but that is a bitter pill for us to swallow. It will take a bit of time to get over this but we showed we were more than capable in that game.”
Dartford, however, want revenge for their FA Trophy defeat that came three weeks ago, a match which saw the Hawks win 2-1 at Princes Park, knocking Tony Burman’s side out of the Trophy at the first-round stage.
But the Darts head to Brighton as the division’s form team, unbeaten in six matches and having won four of their last five.
Burman said: “People probably don’t expect us to get anything from Whitehawk but we’d like to repay the defeat we suffered in the Trophy. We were a bit unfortunate to lose that game.
“They like to go forward at all costs and sometimes you can exploit that. It can be a good way of playing, to score lots of goals but they’ve also conceded some from winning positions.
“It might be a good time to play them. They have had three tough games – Maidstone last week, Dover in the Trophy and then Dagenham. It’s a fantastic achievement, what they’ve done.”