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11th january 2002 


  • Darlington (home ko 3:00pm)

    After the disappointing result on Tuesday evening it's imperative that we regroup and get back on the winning trail again.

    None can be more disappointed than Stuart Brock who let in three soft goals but we all know that he is capable of being a top notch keeper and that was only a blip.

    With Jans rollicking still ringing in his ears he knows that he has got to improve concentration or find himself dropped.

    I'm sure he's learnt from the experience.

    Apart from the unfortunate Brockie it was also a bad night for us with the loss of a handful of players for the coming games.

    Of the latest crop Richie Appleby came off the worst when he aggravated his hamstring, it had been playing up for a couple of weeks, and it looks like he will now be missing for upto a month.

    Bo Henriksen is also suffering from a dodgy hamstring and calf muscle, with Larkin still out it wouldn't be a good time to rest him but the result could be more serious damage.

    Mark Blake has got an achilles tendon injury, that could explain his lacklustre showing on Tuesday.
    He should be fit to play.

    The other one taken off against Luton was Scott Stamps, he took a bad knock but has luck would have it he would have missed the Darlo game through suspension anyway.

    Ian Joy will be a straight replacement for him.

    There's also a flu bug starting to do the rounds at Aggie and I have it on good authority that one victim is Drewe Broughton and he may also be missing.

    I think a quick phone call to a couple of Doctors and Joe Kinnear may be a good idea.

    On the good news front Abdou Sall and Adie Smith are on the way back, I wouldn't be surprised to see the return of Sall this Saturday because of the sick list.

    Jan has sprung such surprises before now.

    Harriers (from):
    Brock, Murphy, Joy, Clarkson, Hinton, Sall, Ayres, Blake, Williams, Bird, Davies, Bennett, Shilton, Doyle, Henriksen, Foster, Broughton, Ducros.

    Darlington are our new bogie team this season mainly because they have beaten us on the two occasions we have met.

    Our first set-back came in our first away game of the season when we went down 2-0 and also had Parfait sent off.

    Our second came just 8 weeks ago, seems much longer, when we meekly went out of the FA Cup to a disputed goal.

    We've improved since then while Darlington have got no better.

    The club are going to move to a new 25,000 seater stadium in time for next season but along with off field/in court activities + the lack of success on the pitch it's unlikely that they'll fill it.

    Tommy Taylor has taken steps in the past few weeks to improve the squad but this has come down to off loading players rather than bringing new ones in.

    Out is Kirk Jackson who they signed from Worksop Town in the close season and had high hopes for. He has gone on loan to Stevenage who are hoping to sign him permanently.

    Out is Brian Healy, he has been released.

    As has their Dutch keeper Frank van der Geest who has been allowed to return home, this decision seems to have been made for monetary reasons, they couldn't afford his wages.

    Out for Darlington is Barry Conlon who, if you recall my preview for the FA Cup game, was about to start a long suspension.

    He's still serving it!!

    It appears that with all the recent postponements that his original 5 games out has lasted 8 weeks. It's his last one tomorrow.

    They have no injury problems and will go with this squad.

    Darlington (from):
    Collett, Finch, Betts, Brightwell, Reed, McGurk, Heckingbottom, Hodgson, Maddison, Wainwright, Brumwell, Convery, Rundle, Campbell, Sheeran, Himsworth, Ford, Naylor, Marcelle.

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