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12 Feb 2010 16:41:47

Match Preview: Morcambe v Darlington

MORCAMBE Roche Haining Artell Parrish Wilson Panther Stanley Drummond Wainwright Duffy Jevons Main Diop Purcell Waite Dempsey J Smith Giddings White Miller Madden Redmond Darlington Darlington subs (from): Liversedge (gk), Arnison, McReady, Byrne, Gray, G Smith, Mulligan, Deane Morecambe subs (from): S Davies (gk), Curtis, Moss, Hunter, Twiss, Mullin, Bentleym, Taylor, Winters, Mullin DARLINGTON: Steve Staunton is likely to name the same team for the fourth consecutive match, although he is wary of players requiring a rest. However, with a free midweek to come the manager will resist any changes. Defender Richie Byrne is still awaiting his debut after two games on bench duty. When he eventually plays he will become the 49th different player used by Darlington this season. Midfielder Chris Lumsdon is in training after recovering from a back problem but is still well short of match fitness. Suspensions: None Injuries: Bower (ankle), Whelan (hamstring) Last five league games: DWLWL Leading league scorer: Purcell 3 Next game: Chesterfield (H) 20/2/10 MORECAMBE: Former Darlington winger Neil Wainwright has started only three games for Morecambe, one of which came when he we was recalled for the 3-2 defeat last week at Accrington. Striker Paul Mullin put himself in contention by scoring for the reserves against Accrington on Wednesday. He has been nursing a knee injury but played for an hour against his former club. Manager Sammy McIlroy has no new injury worries or suspensions, but Ian Craney, Henry McStay and Fraser McLachlan are still long-term absentees. Suspensions: None Injuries: Craney (ankle), McStay (knee), McLachlan (broken leg) Last five league games: LLDWL Leading league scorer: Jevons 13 Key player: Stuart Drummond - the goalscoring midfielder always carries a threat Last season: 1-0 League head to head: Darlington 1, Morecambe 2, draws 2 Referee: G Eltringham (Sunderland) G12 Y25 R2 Av2.25 Last Darlington game: N/A Odds: H8/13; A11/2; D3/1 It's a fact: Brian Little was appointed as Darlington manager 31 years ago today. His first game was a 0-0 draw at Grimsby 24 hours later. Comment by Craig Stoddart: Victory is not beyond Quakers, though a draw would maintain their upwards momentum. Prediction: 1-1 Dusty's Diary Quakers team captain Ian Miller, nicknamed Dusty by his team-mates, today starts a regular video diary exclusively for The Northern Echo. Dusty's Diary will give supporters a behind the scenes insight into the Darlington camp.


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