Darlington- The Long Trek North

February 10, 2006

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Our season starts here – AGAIN

Rovers travel to Darlington this coming Saturday sat on the edge of the play-off positions, knowing one thing – a result at Darlo will catapult them into that zone.

Equal on points, Rovers will look to complete a double over Dave Hodgson’s men. Under Ian Atkins, Rovers defeated the Quakers by a goal to nil in September.

Both clubs have faced-off fifteen times in total down the years with Rovers on top overall. Rovers have 9 victories to their name, whilst 3 have gone in favour of Darlo, and 3 have finished all square. Rovers boast 27 goals to Darlington’s 15.

Rovers are the in-form away team in League 2 at time of writing with 4 wins in their last six games, ‘2 points’ ahead of second placed Carlisle. Darlington has won 4 out of their last six home matches, so we are set for an interesting clash. In the overall form table, Rovers sit in second place, just two places above tomorrow’s hosts.

Craig Hinton, Aaron Lescott, and Ali Gibb are all missing from the Rovers’ ranks, but Sammy Igoe returns to contention. He could return in place of Lewis Haldane down the right hand side, who is also under pressure from Jamie Forrester.

Reports from Darlington indicated that Jonjo Dickman is set to return following his recovery from an ankle injury. Anthony Peacock, who many Gasheads may remember from the Memorial Stadium fixture as the 12-year-old looking kid is also a likely absentee, suffering an ankle injury. Phil Stamp could make way for Dickman as he has picked up a toe injury last week away at Boston.

A six pointer in every sense of the word…

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