Ray Simpson / 29th November 2019

Quakers back in league action -- preview of Saturday's game

Quakers back in league action -- preview of Saturday's game

First of three games in a week

Quakers play the first of three league games in a week when we face Telford United at Blackwell Meadows on Saturday.

After Saturday, we’re at Leamington on Tuesday, and at home to Chester next Saturday.

The players have had a week’s break following the win over Gainsborough in the Trophy last Saturday, while manager Alun Armstrong could bring a new face into the squad in time.

We’re looking for our first win in three league matches, and Stephen Thompson is hunting his 100th club goal.

Here's what Darlington manager Alun Armstrong has to say about the game:


Here’s your stats pack for Saturday’s game


National League North position:   14th

Home league form: played 9, won 5, drawn 2, lost 2, goals for 11 against 6. Points 17 out of 21

Our last seven games:

November 23rd FA Trophy 3QR Gainsborough (home) won 2-1 Lambert, Donawa

Team: Darlington: Elliott, Hedley, Liddle, Holness (sub Bascome 56), Storey, Galbraith, Rivers (sub Donawa 56), Hatfield, Campbell, Lambert (sub Laing 83),  Thompson

Subs: Watson, Armstrong, Hurworth

November 20th FA Cup 1RR Walsall (home) lost 0-1

November 16th Brackley (away) lost 1-5 Thompson

November 9th FA Cup 1R Walsall (away) drew 2-2

November 2nd Hereford (home) drew 0-0

October 30th Kidderminster (home) won 1-0 Rivers

October 19th Tamworth (away) won 3-0 O’Neill 2, Holness FA Cup 4Q

Leading scorers: 7 Adam Campbell, 7 Tyrone O’Neill, 5 Stephen Thompson


Team News: Right back Luke Trotman, striker Jamie Holmes and defender David Atkinson are all ruled out because of injury.

Joe Wheatley is fit again, but Terry Galbraith has a knee injury.

Liam Connell is back in the squad after being ineligible last Saturday.



AFC Telford United

League position 16th

Away league form :   Played 7, won 2, drawn 1, lost 4, goals scored 8 against 11, points 7 (out of 19)

Here's what the Telford website is saying:


Last six results:

23/11/2019 Guiseley (A) FA Trophy Won 4-0 Williams 2, Dinanga, Lilly

Team: Yates, Birch, Deeney (c), Walker, Lilly, Streete, Calder, McQuilkin, Dinanga (Barnes-Homer 80), Williams, Knights.

Unused Substitutes: White. Martinez, Cowans, Daniels.

16/11/2019 Spennymoor (H) Drew 2-2 Walker, Sass-Davies

09/11/2019 Curzon Ashton (A) Lost 2-1 og

02/11/2019 Boston United (H) Lost 3-1 Walker

19/10/2019 Guiseley (H) Won 4-1 Williams 3, Stenson

12/10/2019 York (H) Drew 1-1 McQuilkin



Manager: Gavin Cowan

Goalkeepers: Andy Wycherley, Sheridan Martinez

Defenders: Theo Streete, Shane Sutton, Ross White, Matt Yates, Arle Birch

Midfielders: Adam Walker, Henry Cowans, Brendan Daniels, Ellis Deeney, James McQuilkin, Jonathan Royle

Forwards: Matthew Barnes-Homer, Aaron Williams, Marcus Dinanga, Darryl Knights, Chris Lait, Roccardo Calder, Zak Lilly



Last time we met in the league at Blackwell

8th September 2018

Darlington 3 (Nicholson, Saunders, Thompson) Telford 0



Maddison, Trotman, Hughes, Burn, O’Hanlon, Wheatley (sub Glover 81), Elliott (sub Lycett 89), Thompson, Syers, Nicholson, Saunders (sub Morrison 89)

Subs: Aaron Burns, Henshall


Telford United

Bramley (sub Wycherley 46), White, Smith, Deeney, Sutton, Streete, Cowans, McQuilkin( Barnes-Homer 75), Brown (sub Dawson 59), Udoh, Knights

Subs: Lilley, Royle,




Admission prices:

Adults £14

Concessions £10

Under 18s £5

Under 11s free



If you’re not going to the game, follow the match on BT Sport, Darlo Fans Radio, the official website and official Twitter!