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16th november 2001 


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  • FA Cup 1st rd

    It's that time of the year again when those old bones get a certain feeling and you know that 'This is our year for the FA Cup'.
    So start worrying all you Premiership teams this is the year of Jan Molby's Barmy Army.

    I wouldn't have thought so a few weeks back though but after the showing against Bristol Rovers and the Orient last week we look to be a team with potential.

    Now with the addition of Appleby and Bo Bo Bomber, if only temporarily, we look to have a very potent strike force.

    These two are so potent they both scored debut goals against Orient last Saturday.

    As to which of these two start tomorrow it's going to be hard to say. Personally I would go for Bo, he seems much fitter at the moment than Appleby, and I would think that Jan would like to go for the early kill.

    Ian Foster will be sitting out this game and the next two as he starts his suspension for the sending off at Chesterfield two weeks ago and Colin Larkin won't be available for the game either, due to Dave Jones not wanting him to become cup tied.

    A surprise addition to the team could be Andy Ducros now that he appears to be back to full health.

    Andy played in the 2-0 defeat at Darlington earlier in the season but one who won't be playing this time is Parfait who got sent off after allegedly stamping on Barry Conlon.

    Parfy hasn't played since that game and unless Jan has a change of heart he looks to be on his way out of the club.

    Thankfully Conlon won't be playing for Darlo tomorrow either because of suspension. The refs must have got wise to his diving for penalties!!

    Injury wise we seem to be in the clear. Mark Blake, Ian Clarkson and Adie Smith have all recovered from their minor injuries.

    The only long term injury now is Lee Ayres who broke a bone in his foot against Hull City back in August.
    He is well on the way to returning and has just returned back to playing in practise matches.

    Harriers (from):
    Brock, Murphy, Joy, Stamps, Clarkson, Sall, Hinton, Smith, Blake, Williams, Bird, Davies, Bennett, Shilton, Appleby, Doyle, Hadley, Broughton, Ducros.

    Apart from Conlon, Darlington will also be without Danny Mellanby (injured) who scored in the game that saw Parfait receive his marching orders.
    Mellanby was signed from Bishops Auckland at the end of last season and looks to be a very good prospect.

    Craig Liddle will be missing because of injury as will both Brian Atkinson and Steve Harper who were added to the list this week.

    And with another player out through suspension, Alex Jeannin, Darlington's new manager Tommy Taylor is struggling to find a team for the cup tie.

    Like Jan he has decided to go for youth but in his case it was not through choice. Added to his squad will be youth team players David McGurk, Adam Rundle and Mark Sheeran.

    Darlington are going through a rough spell at the moment and have only won one game out of the last ten. Add to this only three draws and things are not looking good.

    It's because of this that Taylor has been trying to strengthen his squad in the past few days by signing Ian Clark from neighbours Hartlepool and today is trying to sign Dan Chillingworth from Cambridge Utd.

    Luckily neither of these players would be eligible to play tomorrow.

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

    In the event that the match is drawn then the replay will be at Darlington on Tuesday 28th November.

    The draw for the next round will be televised on BBC 1 on Sunday at 3:00pm.

    Listen out for the No 24 ball. Thats us.

    Info coming through on the news wires from Darlington, (two tin cans and a length of string), that Neil Maddison will not be playing tomorrow due to having sprained an ankle in training this afternoon.

    Shame that. Tough innit!



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