A disappointed Tony Burman admitted Concord Rangers were better than his Dartford side after they lost 2-1 at Princes Park on Saturday.

The Darts took the lead on 18 minutes when Elliot Bradbrook’s lofted pass found Brother Tom who fired a shot into the top corner.

But as the game progressed, Concord took control and equalised spectacularly when Steve Cawley unleashed a 25-yard half-volley midway through the first half.

Rangers continued to press in the second half and were rewarded when former Dartford player James White shot from 30 yards, finding the top corner of Deren Ibrahim’s goal.

Dartford pressed for an equaliser and thought they had won a penalty when Ben McNamara clattered into George Sykes but nothing was given and Concord secured the win.

Burman said: “Obviously we are disappointed with the result.

“We get ourselves into a good position, the top five, and we do not seem to sustain it. That side of it is disappointing.

“I felt today that Concord came and played the ball better than us, but we gave them too much space and room.

“I am disappointed that in the second half we did not put too many passes together which we have been doing reasonably well.

“It is disappointing but we have to move on.”

Burman conceded that his side were second best in the National League South clash, adding: “If you look at the saves that Deren pulled off, I have to say that Concord probably edged the game.

“I do not want to say that it was because we were not at the races but we did not do as well as what we should do.

“Concord were good on the break. If I had the room in midfield that some of their players had I would have been passing it round like some of them did.

“When we are in that final third we have got to have interchange football and have a bit more quality. Today it did not quite happen for us.”

The Dartford manager insisted that how his side handle the tricky fixture list in March, which sees the Darts plays seven league games, will determine their promotion chances.

He said: “If we come through March in a similar position or higher, it will get interesting. We will have to see what happens.”

Dartford make the trip to Weston-Super-Mare on Saturday.