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Darlington Football Club

Ray Simpson / 23rd October 2020

Quakers looking to reach first round proper again

Quakers looking to reach first round proper again

Home advantage in fourth qualifying round tie


We’re looking to reach the first round of the FA Cup for the second year in succession when Cambridge City visit Blackwell Meadows on Saturday.

Last season, we won three times away from home in the qualifying rounds (Trafford, Leamington and Tamworth) in order to clinch an away tie at Walsall. On the other hand this season we have been drawn at home three times – but unfortunately all our games at the moment are behind closed doors.

So here's your chance to buy a match pass for £7.99 -- unfortunately it's UK only as per FA rules.



You can also buy a 50/50 ticket



and a programme




Our run so far

3rd Qualifying round 13th October

Tadcaster Albion (home) won 6-1  Liddle, Rivers 2, Donawa 2, Storey

Saltmer, McMahon, Hunt (sub Laing 53), Storey, Liddle, Hedley, Wheatley, Donawa, Rivers, Reid (sub Hudson 66), Charman (sub Amantchi 54)

Subs: Watson, Campbell, Armstrong




2nd Qualifying round 3rd October

Prescot Cables (home) drew 2-2 won 5-4 on pens Charman 2

Darlington: Saltmer, McMahon, Hunt, Storey, Liddle: Atkinson (sub Wheatley 43), Hatfield; Donawa, Campbell, Rivers, Charman (sub Reid 76)

Subs: Watson, Laing, Hedley, Armstrong



We have also played twice in the league, losing at Fylde on 6th October and at home to Kidderminster on 10th October.


Team news: Will Hatfield is still missing with a hamstring injury – possibly another week – and midfielder David Atkinson still has a knee injury. Strikers Adam Campbell and Dan Maguire all return to the squad. Maguire hasn’t made his debut yet because of an injury he picked up in a pre season practice game.

New signing Omar Holness will be included in the squad.



Cambridge City, nicknamed the Lilywhites, play at Step 4 of the National League system, the same level as Prescot Cables and Tadcaster Albion whom we’ve beaten so far.

They are currently in tenth place in the Isthmian League North, having played four league games, winning two and losing two.

They have played four times in the FA Cup so far after starting at the preliminary round stage.

They played at this stage of the competition in 2012, when they beat AFC Totton and then lost 6-1 at Milton Keynes Dons after a goalless draw in Cambridge.

Here's more info on them:



City’s run so far

3rd qualifying round: 13th October Halesowen (home) won 2-0 Davis, Robson

Team: George, Gent, Ofusu, Herd, Wood, Davis (sub Simpson 80)  ) Knight, Robson, Maynard (sub Rigby 82), Sharman (sub Olukanmi 85), Ingrey

Here are the highlights:


2nd qualifying round: 3rd October Cheshunt (away) won 2-1 Sharman, Crowther og

George, Gent, Ofusu, Smith, Simpson, Davis, Knight, Wood, Robson, Sharman, Ingrey (sub Maynard 53)

1st qualifying round: 22nd September Stowmarket (home) drew 1-1 Robson, won 4-2 on penalties

George, Gent, Gardiner, Ofusu, Simpson, Wood, Knight, Robson, Olukanmi, Sharman, Ingrey

Preliminary round: 12th September Biggleswade (home) won 4-0 Sharman 2, Olukanmi, Ingrey

George, Simpson, Gent, Gardiner, Ofusu, Olukanmi (sub Prince-Jones 46) Davis, Robson, Wood, Sharman (sub Adams 82), Ingrey  (sub Knight 67)

Here are the highlights:



Whoever wins on Saturday goes into the draw for the first round proper, which will be made on Monday night on BT Sport at 7.10pm. The first round proper is due to be played on 7th November.

Here are the fourth qualifying round ties: