Quakers will give three players their home debuts at home to Tamworth on Saturday (writes Simon Hahn).
After picking up our first point under Tommy Wright last weekend at Kidderminster in a dramatic 3-3 draw our attention turns back to our home game against Tamworth at Blackwell Meadows.
It has been a busy week off the field with new signings Luke Trotman and Greg Mills joining, following on from defender Josh Heaton the week before.
Tamworth have just missed out on the playoffs in the National North in each of the last three seasons finishing last year in ninth place.
Our two meetings last season saw both sides win a game apiece. We lost away from home 2-1, before winning 3-2 at Blackwell Meadows in which Nathan Cartman scored one of the team goals of the season.
Amongst their ranks is former Quaker Aman Verma who came on as a first half substitute for ourselves during our FA Trophy final victory at Wembley, and scored three goals for us in that run.
Here are some stats on Saturday’s game:
Quakers last five matches:
11/11/2017 Kidderminster (a) drew 3-3 (og, Galbraith, Syers)
Wilczynski, Collins, Brown, Heaton, Galbraith, Portas (sub Gillies 61), Turnbull, Wheatley, Thompson (sub Caton 61), Cartman (sub Syers 79), Saunders
Subs: Marrs, Scott,
4/11/2017 Brackley (H) lost 0-3
Bartlett, Marrs, Scott, Turnbull, Collins (sub Burgess 65), Galbraith, Thompson, Portas, Caton, Cartman (sub Saunders 80), Gillies (sub Wheatley 68)
Subs: Wilczynski, Syers
28/10/2017 Blyth (A) lost 1-3 Syers
21/10/2017 Bradford PA (H) won 2-1
14/10/2017 Nuneaton (A) lost 1-2
Leading scorer: Josh Gillies 5
Phil Turnbull is suspended for one game.
Greg Mills and Luke Trotman, both signed this week from Nuneaton, will make their full debuts.
Josh Heaton, signed last week from Ramsbottom, will make his home debut
18 year old Matt Bancroft has been called up from the reserves as cover keeper.
Chris Hunter is out with an ankle injury – he will have an operation later this month.
Current league position: 13th
Home form: played 9, won 4, drawn 3, lost 2
Last five matches:
11/11/2017 Salford City (H) Lost 2-1
Rowley, Burns, : Rowley, Burns, Morley, Deeney, Jones (c.), Lane, Coulson, Verma (Taylor 65), Styche (Reid 73), Fox, Knights (Powell 74)
Subs: Upton, Shaw
31/10/2017 Chorley (A) Drew 1-1
28/10/2017 York City (A) Won 3-2
21/10/2017 Alfreton Town (H) Drew 2-2
07/10/2017 Gainsborough Trinity (H) Lost 2-1
Leading scorer: Reece Styche 10
Current league position: 10th
Away form: played 8, won 2, drawn 3, lost 3
They will include former Darlington midfielder Aman Verma in their squad. Aman was part of the team that lifted the FA Trophy at Wembley in 2011.
5th November Tamworth 2 Darlington 1
8th April Darlington 3 Tamworth 2 — here are the highlights that include Nathan Cartman’s goal of the season
Kick off on Saturday is 3pm, updates on the game will be made from the club’s Facebook, Twitter and Website. Live Commentary will be broadcast from Darlo Fans Radio at 2:50pm which is kindly sponsored by Tempest Jones.