Ebbsfleet v Darlington Preview

by Chris Mackenzie - 17th November 2011

ebbsfleet v darlington preview

Quakers will travel to Kent this weekend with a much depleted squad after the departures of Greg Taylor, John Campbell, James Walshaw and Michael Brough in recent weeks. Caretaker boss Craig Liddle will also not be able to select Ryan Bowman as the young front man has been ruled out for the next fornight or so.

Liddle could also face further selection headaches as Exodus Geohaghon and Liam Hatch could also be missing. Geohaghon has been linked with a move to both Mansfield Town and Dagenham and Redbridge while Hatch is thought to interest Conference heavyweights Luton Town where the striker has previously played on loan. There are also question marks over Hatch’s fitness so there are major doubts whether the former Peterborough United player will be involved at all this weekend.

It is thought that Craig Liddle will stick with his preferred 4-3-3 formation this is likely to mean that recent recruit James Gray will get another opportunity in attack given the lack of options in offensive positions. Adam Rundle is also likely to come back into the side in a wide forward role after being omitted in recent games.

In defence Adam Quinn is likely to come back into the first eleven after returning to Darlo after his loan spell at fellow Conference side Barrow ended. Quinn struggled to establish himself during Mark Cooper’s reign at the Arena however the tall centre half should get another opportunity now that Quakers management set up has changed round.

Possible Darlo X1

Russell

Arnison Lee Quinn Brown

Bridge-Wilkinson Chandler McReady

Gray Hatch Rundle

Subs

K.Taylor, Atkinson, Sanchez-Munoz, Dickinson, Harrison

Ebbsfleet are currently level on points with Darlington in the Blue Square Premier table as both clubs have picked up 25 points so far this term. Liam Daish’s side have a steady home record as they have won 3 drawn 3 and lost 4 of their games at their Stonebridge Road Ground so far this term.

The Fleet have recently been in good form as they are unbeaten in their last 6 league games and have won their last 2 beating Stockport County 2-1 and Newport 1-0. Ebbsfleet did suffer a loss to Redbridge in the final F.A Cup qualifying round in late October however United boss Liam Daish has not allowed that defeat to affect their superb run of results in league action.

Ebbsfleet’s main danger man looks to be Callum Willock as the St Kitts and Nevis International has already bagged 10 goals this season.  Willock started his career with Fulham however he struggled to make the grade at Craven Cottage and following a number of loan spells he moved permanently to Peterborough United in 2003. He remained with Posh for 3 years bagging over 20 goals in around 70 appearances. Since leaving Peterborough in 2006 Willock turned out for 5 different clubs before arriving at Ebbsfleet and quickly establishing himself as one of the better strikers in the non league game.

Another player of note in the Ebbsfleet squad is former Brentford and Swindon midfielder Ricky Shakes. Shakes has been with Fleet since 2008 and has made well over 100 appearances for the Kent based side. Bizarrely he has played International football for both Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana after Guyana won an appeal to allow the player to change his allegiance.

I feel Ebbsfleet could just have too much quality for an under strength Darlo side this weekend and I can see the home side taking all 3 points possibly by a 2-0 or 2-1 scoreline.

Chris Mackenzie

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quakersam - 17th November 2011 16:05:44

Someone can't spell ;)

Eaststandbaldie - 17th November 2011 17:29:57

when is Miller due back :?:

put Quinn up front in a John Parkin type role.
might bang a few in,stranger things happen.

loan_star - 17th November 2011 21:21:03

Dont be suprised to see Dale Hopson in the starting 11

Christophano - 17th November 2011 21:28:53

loan_star wrote:Dont be suprised to see Dale Hopson in the starting 11
With Walshaw and Campbell gone and Hatch and Bowman injured, I'd be surprises if Hopson didn't start.

Vokuhila - 17th November 2011 21:34:44

Eaststandbaldie wrote:when is Miller due back :?:

put Quinn up front in a John Parkin type role.
might bang a few in,stranger things happen.
Are you actually being serious?

loan_star - 17th November 2011 21:36:48

Vokuhila wrote:
Eaststandbaldie wrote:when is Miller due back :?:

put Quinn up front in a John Parkin type role.
might bang a few in,stranger things happen.
Are you actually being serious?
Actually, Graeme Lee played quite a few times up top for the chimps so it could be a case of Quinn at the back with Lee up front.

Stu77 - 17th November 2011 21:39:48

quakersam wrote:Someone can't spell ;)
Two b or not two b :thumbup:

Stu77 - 17th November 2011 21:56:11

Ebbsfleet have striker Calum Willock in their ranks, didn't Darlington have him on trial a few years back? Seem to recall him featuring in a pre-season friendly at home.

Vokuhila - 17th November 2011 21:57:19

loan_star wrote:
Vokuhila wrote:
Eaststandbaldie wrote:when is Miller due back :?:

put Quinn up front in a John Parkin type role.
might bang a few in,stranger things happen.
Are you actually being serious?
Actually, Graeme Lee played quite a few times up top for the chimps so it could be a case of Quinn at the back with Lee up front.
His goals-to-games ratio's pretty decent for a centre half now I've had a look.

Either way, hopefully Miller 'll be back to help compensate for his/Quinn's lack of pace at the back.