Darlington v AFC Telford Preview

by Chris Mackenzie - 3rd November 2011

darlington v afc telford preview

Quakers will be looking to get their season back on track this weekend against AFC Telford at the Arena after an extremely poor run of form which culminated in a 3-0 loss at Conference North Hinckley in the 4th qualifying round of the F.A Cup in midweek.

Caretaker boss Craig Liddle remains in charge of first team affairs for the time being and the former Darlo central defender is expected to alter his line up after the dreadful result against Hinckley on Tuesday evening. It is thought that Exodus Geohaghon could well come back into the side at centre half with Greg Taylor moving into a more advanced position possibly on the left hand side of midfield.

Darlo could opt to switch from the 4-3-3 formation that has been used of late to a more conventional 4-4-2 system. Such a change in shape could lead to young schemer John McReady also being included in the starting eleven after being on the bench in Quakers recent games.

Up front Darlington will be without Liam Hatch after the targetman injured his ankle while at home. This leaves Ryan Bowman, James Walshaw and John Campbell as the main options up front though the unproven James Gray could also come into the reckoning given Darlington’s lacklustre efforts in front of goal so far in the 2011/12 campaign.

Possible Darlo X1


Arnison Geohaghon Lee Brown

McReady Chandler Bridge-Wilkinson G.Taylor

Bowman Campbell


Sanchez-Munoz, Atkinson/K.Taylor, Rundle, J.Gray, Walshaw

AFC Telford are currently 19th in the Conference Premier with 18 points from their opening 18 games of the campaign. The Lillywhites have only won once away from their New Bucks Head Ground so far this term though it does have to be noted that Andy Sinton’s side have been able to grind out 4 draws on their travels.

Telford picked up a convincing victory (5-0) over Gainsbrough in the F.A Cup last weekend however the side from Shropshire have not won in their last 6 Conference Premier games which ensures that both the Bucks and Darlo will go into this weekend’s game desperate to pick up all 3 points that are on offer.

The Lillywhites have 3 ex Quakers in their squad as Stuart Whitehead, Adam Proudlock and Ryan Valentine are all currently on Telford’s books. Proudlock was the only member of the former Darlo trio to be selected in Telford’s line up for their last Conference fixture against Gateshead so it remains unclear which Darlo old boys will take to the field at the Northern Echo Arena once again this weekend.

Telford’s main threat up front appears to be Chris Sharp who is the son of ex Everton and Scotland forward Graeme. Chris has 6 goals already this season from just 13 appearances and the 25 year old looks to be adapting well to life in the top division of the non league game after spending the early years of his career playing in Welsh football for the likes of Rhyl, Bangor City and the New Saints.

Both sides go into this weekend’s game in extremely poor Blue Square Premier League form.. However I am hopeful that Darlo caretaker boss Craig Liddle will look to use the embarrassing result at Hinckley in the week to motivate his players into an improved display this weekend which could inspire Quakers will to victory.


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Big Tim - 3rd November 2011 15:14:25

We're gunna get absolutely battered.

BishopQuaker - 3rd November 2011 15:47:16

Big Tim wrote:We're gunna get absolutely battered.
That's the optmistic outlook we need right now.

Darlo_James - 3rd November 2011 16:02:57

what we need is the fans playing their part, get the drums back in the ground and try create something of an atmosphere to hopefully lift the players

shawry - 3rd November 2011 16:12:45

Darlo_James wrote:what we need is the fans playing their part, get the drums back in the ground and try create something of an atmosphere to hopefully lift the players
Thats all well and good but it is pretty much a vicious circle, if the players dont appear to be at least trying, then how can guys who have forked out upwards of £30 if you take into account food, parking, petrol & ticket to be all positive and enthusiastic?

quakersam - 3rd November 2011 16:20:16

Proudlock's broke his ankle, poor sod

shawry - 3rd November 2011 16:25:16

Bonus, thats one guaranteed goal not going to be scored against us; just need to think of a way to stop the other couple now!

EDIT: Clearly Im not glad he's broke his ankle, just that he wont be playing against us.

quakerray - 3rd November 2011 16:28:15

every team must look forward to coming to the arena lately. i mean bath couldnt win a game to save there lives,let alone score a goal, then beat us easy. braintree conceded a hat full of goals before our game and the same happened, the the hinkley disaster.
now reading scotts article, telfords only won 1 away game so im hoping the obvious doesnt happen.
lets get a good win, finally score some goals and put a smile on my face before i go to lanzarote early sunday morning.

shawry - 3rd November 2011 16:40:34

I've been adjusting my working hours, going in early, skipping lunch and going home late so I could attend games; unfortunately I cant bring myself to do that anymore.

I will leave it till the new year and see how i feel now I think, and just listen to the games. I'll just attend games when I have a day off for the time being.

AndyPark - 3rd November 2011 19:39:32

Weird answer, but everytime a preview has been up lately. We've lost :lol: :lol: