We travel to Gainsborough Trinity on Saturday for what is a huge match for both teams (writes Simon Hahn).
Trinity are in 20th place in the league the final relegation spot, but we are just one point better off in 16th place.
Due to our FA Trophy exit along with our game with Salford being called off twice, we haven’t played a league game since we lost at home to Tamworth on the 18th November, so consequently we’ve slipped down the table.
Our trip to Gainsborough last season was one of the most entertaining of the season. Despite being disappointing to only come away with a point we scored two late goals including Dave Syers equaliser deep into injury time to earn a 3-3 draw.
Our meeting at the start of this season was another entertaining affair which saw us win a seven goal thriller. We had been in control leading 3-1 before Trinity fought back to level, before Josh Gillies won the game for us.
There are interviews with Phil Turnbull and Tommy Wright elsewhere on the website.
Kick off on Saturday is 3:00pm, updates on the game will be made from the club’s Facebook, Twitter and Website. Live Commentary will be broadcast from Darlo Fans Radio from 2.45 onwards.
Quakers last five matches:
24/11/2017 Harrogate Town (h) Trophy lost 2-3 (Styche 2)
Wilczynski, Galbraith, Collins, Brown; Trotman, Mills (sub Gillies 80); Turnbull, Portas (sub Saunders 79), Syers, Thompson (sub Caton 81); Styche
Subs: Vaulks, Bancroft,
18/11/2017 Tamworth (h) lost 0-1
Darlington: Wilczynski, Trotman, Galbraith, Wheatley, Collins, Brown, Mills, Syers, Caton, Gillies (sub Saunders 78), Thompson
Subs not used: Scott, Bancroft, Portas, Heaton
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
Leading scorer: Josh Gillies 5
Reece Styche will make his league debut for Quakers after scoring twice in the Trophy on his full debut
Keeper James Talbot will make his debut after being signed on a youth loan from Sunderland.
Terry Galbraith and Luke Trotman are both expected to be fit after picking up knocks
Centre half Josh Heaton returns to the squad after being cuptied for the Harrogate game.
Chris Hunter is out with an ankle injury.
16 year old midfielder Mitchell Glover is added to the travelling squad.
Current league position: 16th
Away form: Played 10: won 1, drawn 4, lost 5.
Gainsborough’s last five matches:
2nd December Kidderminster (away) lost 0-3
Gainsborough: Ravas; Davie, Miller (Bateson, 69), Stainfield, Jacklin, Hare (Lacey, 46); Richards, Clarke (Simmons 69), King; Jarman, Worsfold. Subs not used: Taylor, Wells.
25th November FA Trophy Stafford Rangers (home) won 2-0 Worsfold, Jarman
Gainsborough: 1 Henrich Ravas, 2 Michael Jacklin, 3 Kern Miller, 4 Jordan Richards, 5 Nathan Stainfield, 6 Liam King, 7 Craig King (14 Taron Hare 15m), 8 Shane Clark (12 Nathan Jarman 46m), 9 Ashley Worsfold, 10 Alex Simmons (16 Matt Taylor 79m), 11 Curtis Bateson. Unused subs: 15 Josh Lacey, 17 Bradley Wells
18th November FC United (home) won 1-0 Worsfold
11th November Brackley (away) lost 0-2
4th November FA Cup Slough (home) lost 0-6
Current league position: 20th
Home form: played 9: won 4 drawn 0 lost 5
Darlington 4 (Beck, Syers, Galbraith, Gillies) Gainsborough 3 (Worsfold, Evans, Jarman)
Bartlett, Hunter, Galbraith, Turnbull, Collins, Brown, Gillies (sub Scott 77), Syers, Beck, Caton (sub Saunders 65), Ferguson (sub Fenwick 85)
Subs: Wilczynski, Thompson.
Walton, Gatter (sub Lacey 45), Davie, Clarke, Jacklin, Evans, Simmons (sub Wafula 57), Richards, Jarman (sub Wells 65), Worsfold, King
Subs not used: Williams, Storey