Steve King will be aiming for his first FA Cup victory as Dartford manager this weekend.

The Darts have lost both FA Cup games since King took the helm, a 1-0 loss to Slough last season followed by a home outing to Kingstonian just days after King took over at Princes Park in October 2019.

Jack Jebb’s free kick hits the post in Dartford’s draw against Tonbridge last weekend. Photo: David Canridge

He will be hoping it will be a third chance against Isthmian South East Hythe in the second qualifying round this Saturday, but will not underestimate the task ahead against Steve Watt’s men.

“It’s a good draw, but we will always respect the opposition,” said Dartford boss King.

“I watched them on Tuesday against Sittingbourne, for me they have an experienced manager who knows the levels.

“They have a good team for the level they are at and four of their players were at Dartford. It’s going to be a tough game, we have to break the teams.

“It’s a draw to win, but it’s also a tough draw because they have nothing to lose.

“It’s a one-off match, they don’t come under any pressure. We have to be in our game, otherwise we could lose the game. “

King will take the competition seriously and while he can still make changes given the 20-man squad at his disposal, Dartford will be keen to stay in the competition for as long as possible.

With a potential Kent Senior Cup final against Whitstable or Gillingham to play from the 2019/20 season, King believes Cup success can come hand in hand with a tough championship schedule.

“I always take the FA Cup seriously,” he said. “I love competition, I have done very well over the years with different clubs.

“Financially, it’s a good thing and well done, it’s a good thing, we are going to take it seriously.

“This is the second priority. We also have a Kent Cup final coming up, hopefully, and we want to win whatever we play in. It’s right after everything that’s going on in the league.

Dartford’s last home win in the FA Cup was at this point in the 2017/18 season, 3-1 against Barking – a season which saw them eliminated in the first round by Swindon at Princes Park.

Forward Jake Robinson is set to return after missing Tonbridge’s draw last Saturday with a heel problem, but George Porter (Achilles) could miss.

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