Tomorrow we travel to Scarborough for the first time since a Division Three meeting in the 1998/99 season. For me Scarborough will always be a fixture I remember fondly, my first ever Darlo game was a 1-1 draw between the sides at Feethams in November 1996. A couple of years later my first away game would also be against the Seagulls, a 2-0 victory for Darlo, on the same night Giggsy scored his wonder goal against Arsenal in the FA Cup.
In terms of the game this weekend, it will be a tough test against a side who have only lost one game at home in the league this season.
Martin Gray has stated in the Echo today he intends to make a few changes with the Spennymoor game to come in mid-week. I would expect at least one of Liam Hatch and David Dowson to start tomorrow up front. As per today’s echo, Tez Galbraith will start and hopefully he can put in a good display. Tez is a very good player for this level and it must be tough for him not getting regular game time when he has been used to it over the last two years.
Adam Cocks will probably also be involved, but he has shown so far he can more then cope at this level and looks very promising for the future.
It would nice to put a run together in the trophy, with decent prize money available, although the league obviously takes priority.
One point to note is, I believe, if either us or Spennymoor draw tomorrow the game in mid-week between the two sides will be postponed with Trophy replays taking priority.
Salford meanwhile picked up four points this week and will probably move back to the top of the table tomorrow away to Kendal Town.
Looking back at last weekend, it was another good result as we extended our winning run in the league with a 3-0 victory over Burscough. Despite tough windy conditions, our quality showed, as we comfortably ended up victors.
The performance as a whole was very good, but Martin Gray will feel we could have performed better at both ends of the field.
Our defensive record recently has been phenomenal, if you don’t include the Spennymoor game in which the youth team played, our eight game winning run has seen us concede just two goals. Burscough created more chances then most teams we have faced recently, however we were still able to come away with another clean sheet.
Thommo had a good game on Saturday without being at his unplayable best. Hopefully he can keep improving in the next few weeks when we come up against tougher opposition.
Up front Purewal will have been happy to once again get on the score sheet with a well taken goal. He could and probably should have had a hat- trick, but no Darlo fan can complain with how much of an impact he has made since his return.
Prediction for tomorrow
Scarborough 1 v 2 Darlington