Match preview Vs Darlington FCDate: 24-02-18Venue: Blackwell MeadowsKick off: 15:00hrs

23-02-18 - Preview - Darlington FC Vs Harriers

The Harriers will be hoping to pick themselves up off the floor at Darlington tomorrow following that home defeat to Harrogate Town last Saturday. The defeat was our first at home since the opening day of the season and it was no surprise really considering the way we missed countless chances to score while Harrogate were clinical and put both their chances away.

Jonathon Flatt
Jonathon Flatt

Our task wasn’t helped by more poor officiating with the biggest faux pas being the striking off of Joe Ironsides goal from an onside position when the ball rebounded back off the bar after the goalkeeper tipped it onto the woodwork. Other judgements went against us too but no matter how bad the officials are it’s still no excuse for missing open goals and firing wildly off target.

On Tuesday evening Harrogate went to the top of the table above Salford City following a 4-3 win at home to Alfreton Town. Amazingly they were 4-0 up at half time but a second half collapse saw Alfreton come back into the game but not quite enough.

We now have to put that game to the back of our minds and venture up to Darlington to try and gain the three points necessary to keep in touch with the two front runners. Even though Darlington are just about keeping their heads above the relegation water this is still going to be a very tough game.

We had some late injuries before the last game with Brandon Hall and Joel Taylor both missing with injuries and an even later one coming during the warm up when James O’Connor somehow injured himself and had to be withdrawn from the starting lineup at short notice. Sam Austin replaced him while young keeper Tom Palmer was quickly drafted in the the bench. Palmer, himself, must have already been wondering what was going on when he was overlooked to replace Hall and instead we bought in a loan keeper, Jonathon Flatt, from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Taylor might be fit to play at Darlington but the other two look very doubtful. No doubt some more will get injured before the game too.

We’ll be up against a former Harriers ‘favourite’ tomorrow when Reece Styche will be hoping to get one over us again. He hasn’t in previous encounters against him at Tamworth and hopefully he won’t doing it tomorrow either.

They have a few players doubtful with James Caton (hamstring) and quite a few others recovering from a flu bug. That bug saw Styche miss last Saturdays defeat at Brackley while Tom Portas (calf) and Dom Collins (hamstring) will both miss the game.

Another former Harrier there is the manager Tommy Wright. He has been there for most of the season but so far hasn’t really got them sailing up the table. His head must be getting close to the chopping block if they slump any further down the table. 

So can we get back on track after that blip against Harrogate? I think we can but I don’t think it’ll be at the expense of our hosts with a draw seeming to be the most likely outcome.

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Harriers from:

Hall, Flatt, Palmer, Taylor, Horsfall, O’Connor, Vaughan, Pearson, Croasdale, Truslove, Weeks, Austin, Bradley, A Brown, Sonupè, McQuilkin, N’Gwatala, Ironside, Waring.

Darlington from:

Bancroft, Pears, G Brown, Galbraith, Heaton, Hunter, Trotman, Vaulks, O’Hanlon, Mills, Scott, Syers, Turnbull, Caton, Gillies, Saunders, Styche, Thompson, Wheatley 

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Previous games against Darlington FC
Date H/A Comp: Score Goals Att: (away)
11-11-2017 H Vanarama North 3 – 3 Brown, McQuilkin, N’Gwatala 1879 (186)
17-12-2016 H Vanarama North 2 – 1 Waite, Lowe 1710 (159)
02-09-2016 A Vanarama North 0 – 1 Gnahoua 1729 (34)
24-03-2012 H Blue Square Premier 3 – 1 Hankin, Malbon, Rowe 1635 (105)
15-10-2011 A Blue Square Premier 1 – 0   1763 (76)
19-04-2011 H Blue Square Premier 1 – 2 Briggs 1626 (63)
22-02-2011 A Blue Square Premier 1 – 1 Briggs 1615 (57)
18-10-2005 H LDV Trophy 1st rd 2 – 1 Hatswell, Sheldon 696 (65)
26-03-2005 A Coca Cola League 2 0 – 2 Keates, Rawle 6972 (150)
14-08-2004 H Coca Cola League 2 1 – 0 Foster 2303 (220)
17-01-2004 H Nationwide League 3 1 – 1 Murray 2550 (162)
16-08-2003 A Nationwide League 3 0 – 2 Williams, Bishop 11,600
18-01-2003 A Nationwide League 3 2 – 1 Henriksen 2630
31-08-2002 H Nationwide League 3 1 – 1 Foster 2488
12-01-2002 H Nationwide League 3 1 – 0 Ducros 2756
17-11-2001 H FA Cup 1st rd 0 – 1   2471
18-08-2001 A Nationwide League 3 2 – 0   3677
17-03-2001 H Nationwide League 3 0 – 0   2658
17-10-2000 A Nationwide League 3 1 – 2 Durnin 2 3713
30-04-1990 H Vauxhall Conference 3 – 2 Whitehouse 2, Casey 2514
12-03-1990 H Bob Lord Trophy qf 3 – 1 Forsyth, Casey, Burton 1473
26-08-1989 A Vauxhall Conference 3 – 0   2616