Well it is finally here, after much anticipation, the biggest game of the Quakers season so far is tomorrow!
My preview of the game will be going onto the official site later today, however I thought I would put a few of my opinions on here as well.
The build up to the game reminds me a lot of the Spennymoor match two years ago, with a huge hype and buzz surrounding the fixture. That night at the Brewery Field goals from Tez Galbraith, David Dowson and Adam Nicholls sealed a 3-1 victory which proved a key moment in the title race.
Ultimately we were went onto win the Northern League title that season and tomorrow could prove to be just as crucial.
Two official supporters buses have been filled for tomorrow along with numerous other buses from around the town. I’d guess around 700/800 fans will be making the trip over from the north east, but it could be even more, which at this level is fantastic.
The crowd itself has a huge role to play. The Darlo players are used to playing in front of big crowds week in week out and the attendance tomorrow will be much larger than the Salford players normally experience.
Hopefully the game will go ahead, despite the weather conditions this week and the day will be trouble free.
As for the game itself, we go into the game with all the momentum despite having numerous fixtures being called off over the past two months. We still have only lost two games this season in the league, the last being against Salford in September.
I expect our starting 11 to be the same as last week, which will mean recent signing Nathan Cartman starting up-front. There has been huge hype around the signing of the player, which Salford were interested in themselves and hopefully tomorrow he will open his competitive account for the club.
Following the class of 92 taking over Salford City they have made their ambition to climb the leagues clear. This was shown in January as they replaced their manager, which was followed by a string of new signings in a bid to boost their promotion chances this season. Many of these have come from Ramsbottom United, who we struggled against last season, including in our playoff semi-final defeat at Heritage Park. However, hopefully Martin Gray and his team will have learnt lessons from those defeats.
We go into the match with a huge advantage of knowing that we do not have to win the game. Win, lose or draw we will be the favourites for the title come 5pm on Saturday, whereas Salford are in a must win position.
Northwich Victoria, can obviously not be counted out in the title race, we still have to play them twice, however, from the start of the season I have always thought it would come down to us and Salford for the title. A win tomorrow for Darlo would be a huge boost and could just about finish off their title hopes.
In terms of a prediction I fancy a draw, which I think the Quakers will be more than happy with.
Salford City 1 v 1 Darlington
Attendance : 1250
COME ON DARLO