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MATCH PREVIEW | Darlington v Chorley

The Magpies (9th, 38pts) head to the North East this weekend for a match up with Darlington (20th, 26pts) as they look to build momentum for a playoff push off the back of last Saturday’s 2-0 victory at Curzon Ashton, writes Alex Birch.

Buoyed by their first victory of 2018, another three points for Matt Jansen’s side would be a welcome boost as the business end of the season comes into view.

On the flipside Tommy Wright’s Quakers find themselves mired in the Vanarama National League North drop zone, with 16 games left to stave off a first relegation since reformation in 2012.

Quotes

“We’re in a healthy position and we’ve got to keep going. Every game is difficult in this league and we look to Darlington next to try and keep ourselves heading in the right direction“ - Matt Jansen talking to Josh Vosper

Team news

Matty Hughes will be assessed after missing the last two games through injury. Adam Blakeman is doubtful after picking up a knock last Saturday, and loan star Nick Haughton has been recalled by Fleetwood.

Earlier this season

One of Chorley’s best performances of the season ended in a 4-1 victory at the Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium back in September. Matt ChallonerNick Haughton, and Jason Walker (2) put Darlo to the sword in front of 1,011 fans. Harvey Saunders grabbed a consolation for the visitors.

2016/17

24/08/16 NLN Darlington 2 Chorley 0 (Galbraith 2)

04/02/17 NLN Chorley 1 Darlington 1 (Carver; Burgess)

Stats

Golden gloves: Loanee ‘keeper Matt Urwin has kept five clean sheets in his last seven league games spanning December and January.

Finisher: Since making the move to Darlington from Tamworth in November Reece Styche has bagged seven goals in seven games. The Gibraltar international has scored 15 in total across both clubs this season.

On the roadThe Magpies have won four of their last five away games in all competitions, and lost on only two of their last 11 road trips.

StrugglesThe Quakers have won just three of their last 23 league matches, with all three victories coming at home.

Match day (20/01/18)

Kick off at Blackwell Meadows is 3pm

Admission is £14 adults, £10 over-60s/students/disabled people/armed forces, £5 under-16s & FREE under-5s

Programmes cost £2.50

Parking at the ground is £5

 

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