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Grimsby v Darlington

By: Alex Green
Date: 31/10/2008

THE club is in a mess on and off the pitch with the stadium looking dead in the water thanks to one of the worst councils in Britain. With a team who fail to perform and confidence at an all time low what we really didn't need was to play against one of the best teams in the league.

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The Opposition

Overview

The Quakers have been one favourites to go up for the last two seasons. A well established club with a good setup and the problems with the past now relatively straightened, the guys from County Durham may well see this as their season to make the advance to League One. Darlington lie third in the league just two points behind the early leaders Wycombe in the midst of this month Darlington found themselves playing Wycombe and second placed Bradford in a week and came out of both games with a total of 4 points winning against Bradford and extending their current unbeaten run to 7. After going so close to promotion last year, losing to Rochdale in the play-off semi finals on penalties, many in Darlington will hope this will be their year and so far nothing this season has really showed that anything else will happen but promotion.

The Team
When Stockport were promoted last season via the play-offs manager David Penny (above) must have believed it was that team he wanted to emulate as he went on a right shopping splurge across at Edgeley Park. Adam Griffin, David Poole and Adam Proudlock were all snapped up on a free. While Robin Hulbert also agreed a contract with Penney and joined from Port Vale. The only problem Darlington fans must have been worrying about was the departure of last seasons top goal scorer, Tommy Wright and though they got a healthy £100,000 for him when he signed for Aberdeen the 13 goals he scored last season weren't close to being matched by anyone else in last year's team. The closest would be the York-born striker Pawell Abbott who has picked up the dreaded Newcastle disease NOT THE REAL AVIAN VARIETY but the one that inflicts many of the north eastern cities talismans the likes of Johnny Wilkinson, Michael Owen and David Sears who then accumulate injury after injury threatening their careers as sportsmen. The striker hopes to be back after the New Year after damaging an ankle ligament in training. Many Darlington fans now may be wondering who will provide the goals but with Billy Clarke getting 7 already it would seem that he would be the man ready to replace the 2 aforementioned strikers but 4 of his goals are accredited to the 6-0 win at Macclesfield. This year they seem to be coming from all corners of the squad with 10 players already on the score sheet and 7 of them scoring 2 or more goals.


One to Watch
Franz Burgmeier. The midfielder from Liechtenstein has proved an instant success since his signing in August from Swiss champions FC Basle. His popularity is so high in Darlo that many fans travelled to the Millennium Stadium to support the small country of Liechtenstein in their World Cup qualifying match against Wales just because of him. Playing nine games already this season he has managed to score 2 and has 5 assists to his name making him the lead assist in the team. The midfield is quick and he can pick a pass perfectly and is able to stamp his authority in the midfield battle and will cause us a lot of trouble against our joke of a defence.

Recent Form

TownDarlington
LDagenham(a)0-4
LBradford(h)1-3
DLuton(h)2-2
DExeter(a)0-0
DWycombe(h)1-1
Currently 22nd in League Two.
WRotherham(a)1-0
WDagenham(h)3-0
WBradford(h)2-1
DWycombe(a)1-1
WLuton(a)2-1
Currently 3rd in League Two.

Top Scorers

TownDarlington
North2
Till2
Hegarty2
Clarke8
Hatch4

Team News

TownDarlington

  • On loan Oldham midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala is likely to go straight into Grimsby's side.
  • On-loan Peterborough striker Liam Hatch is a 50/50 doubt following a hamstring injury in the win at Rotherham on Tuesday. Gregg Blundell or Adam Proudlock is likely to replace Hatch if necessary.
  • Squads

    TownDarlington
    1GKPhil Barnes
    2DFRobbie Stockdale
    3DFTom Newey
    4DFRyan Bennett
    5DFMatthew Heywood (c)
    6DFRichard Hope
    7MFPeter Till
    8MFPaul Bolland
    10MFChris Llewellyn
    11MFDanny Boshell
    12DFJamie Clarke
    13GKGary Montgomery
    14MFJames Hunt
    15DFMatthew Bird
    16DFJavan Vidal
    17MFNick Hegarty
    18MFPeter Bore
    19FWDanny North
    20FWAndy Taylor
    22FWNathan Jar man
    23MFGrant Normington
    24MFLiam Trotter
    27GKLeigh Overton
    ?MFJean-Paul Kalala
    1GKAndy Oakes
    2 DFNeil Austin
    3 DFClayton Fortune
    4 DFAlan White (vice-captain)
    5 DFSteve Foster (captain)
    6 DFIan Miller
    7 MFJason Kennedy
    8 FWGregg Blundell
    9 FWPawel Abbott
    10 FWAdam Proudlock
    11 MFRob Purdie
    12 DFRyan Valentine
    13 GKPrzemyslaw Kazimierczak
    14 MFRicky Ravenhill
    15 GKNick Liversidge
    16 MFDavid Poole
    17 MFAdam Griffin
    18 MFFranz Burgmeier
    19 MFLewis Hardman
    21 DFJason Bradley
    22 GKSimon Brown (on loan from Brentford)
    23 MFRobin Hulbert
    24 FWBilly Clarke (on loan from Ipswich Town)
    25 FWCurtis Main
    26 DFJonathen Hewitson
    27 MFJosh Gray
    28 FWMichael Smith
    29 FWLiam Hatch (on loan from Peterborough United)
    30 DFTim Ryan

    Head to Head

    Grimsby have a terrible record in recent years against Darlington. It is over 30 years and 14 games ago the Grimsby last beat the Quakers, but before that it was six straight wins for Town!

    P 52 W 22 D 10 L20 F 76 A 61

    Darlington Head-to-Head (42nd on The Opposition Ladder)

    Last Meeting

    Darlington 3 Grimsby 2 (Sat 15th March 2008)

    Grimsby fell victim to a Darlington fightback, as Town's bogey side overturned a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2

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    Prediction

    Darlington will just be too strong and I hear they play football so we're doomed.

    Grimsby Town 0-2 Darlington

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