Dartford: Harry Crawford returned for first-team games

Harry Crawford says he has returned to Dartford on loan because he would not start matches at parent club Barnet.

Crawford, 21, only joined the Bees in January, but has already been sent back to Darts by Barnet boss Edgar Davids.

"[Davids] wanted to play experience up front, and to carry on getting more competitive games it was best to come back on loan," he told BBC Radio Kent.

"It was the right time to do it just to keep playing games and keep the momentum in my performances going."

The plan was to play football (at Barnet), but it didn't get off to a flying start

Harry Crawford Dartford striker

The striker continued: "He brought in [Dani] Lopez from Stevenage and Craig Beattie from Scotland and they're very experienced.

"He said I'd be getting 10 minutes here, 15 minutes there, so for me to carry on playing I was best off coming to Dartford."

Despite only making three substitute appearances for the League Two strugglers, Crawford has already found the net for Davids's side.

But after a stay of just one month at Underhill, Crawford, who scored 12 in 24 appearances for the Darts this season prior to his move, admits his spell in the fourth tier has not gone entirely to plan thus far.

"The plan was to play football, but it didn't get off to a flying start," he said.

"But I managed to get my first goal there which I was happy about, and then to come back and carry on playing 90 minutes (here), I'm happy."