Chester v Darlington preview

By Ray Simpson

Chester v Darlington preview

Last game of the season -- can Quakers sign off with a win?

Darlington are looking to finish the season with their fourth successive win at the Deva Stadium on Saturday.

Quakers completed a remarkable great escape from relegation last weekend by beating Farsley Celtic 3-1, their 12th win in 21 matches since manager Steve Watson and assistant Terry Mitchell took charge.

Chester have slipped out of the play off spots in recent weeks, and can finish no better than eighth in the table.

Team news:

-- Akwasi Asante is included in the squad

-- Scott Barrow, Matty Young and Aidan Rutledge all play their last games in their loans


Darlington manager Steve Watson will be up against one of his previous clubs. Akwasi Asante once scored a hat trick for Chester against Quakers

Recent results

13th April v Farsley (home) won 3-1 Lawlor, Rutledge, Main

6th April v Southport (home) won 2-0 Main, Cornish

1st April v Warrington (away) won 3-1 Salkeld 2, Rutledge

29th March v Chorley (home) lost 0-3

23rd March v Rushall Olympic (away) lost 2-3 Main 2

16th March v Peterborough Sports (home) won 1-0 Salkeld

12th March v Blyth (away) won 2-1 Cornish, Salkeld



Current League position: 18th (Played 45, won 16, drawn 7, lost 22, goals for 52 against 72, points 55)

away form 19th best in the league (Played 22, won 8, lost 14, goals for 23 against 45, points 24)



latest results

13th April Brackley (away) lost 1-3 Tollitt

6th April Gloucester (away) won 6-1 Burke 2, Peers 2, Glendon, Thomas

1st April Alfreton (home) lost 0-2

29th March Buxton (away) won 4-1 Weeks, Burke, Thomas, Peers

23rd March South Shields (home) lost 0-1


Current league position  11th (played 45, won 18, drawn 14, lost 13, goals for 58 against 37, points 68)

home form 11th best in the league (played 22, won 11, drawn 5, lost 6, goals for 28 against 13, points 38)




Recent matches between the two clubs

November 2023 Darlington 3 (Ngandu, Salkeld, og) Chester 2

April 2023 Darlington 1 (Lawlor )Chester 2

October 2022 Chester 0 Darlington 1 (Felix)

February 2022 Darlington 2 (Mondal, Smith) Chester 1

November 2021 Chester 2 Darlington 2 (Cooper, Cassidy)

September 2021 FA Cup Darlington 0 Chester 0

September 2021 replay Chester 1 Darlington 0

January 2020 Chester 3 Darlington 0

December 2019 Darlington 2 (Holness, Donowa) Chester 0

March 2019 Chester 1 Darlington 0

December 2018 Chester 3 Darlington 1 (Wheatley)




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