Darlington are the visitors for Saturday’s National League North fixture, a second successive home game after the midweek re-arranged match against North Ferriby that Saints won comfortably by 3-0.
This is the third visit by The Quakers to St James Park. When the teams met at Blackwell Meadows in November Kevin Wilkin’s side came out on top with goals from Andy Brown, Aaron Williams and Ellis Myles. That win moved Saints to third in the table where they have been consistently ever since.
Wilkin was pleased to see his side back to winning ways against North Ferriby after defeat at Blyth Spartans last Saturday. “Everyone was mightily disappointed after Saturday’s performance so it was good to have another game again so soon,” he said. “We started tonight with good purpose and showed what we are about. Ferriby never gave up and we had to manage the game. We showed good patience and took our chances. It is good to get a bit of confidence back ahead of what will be a very tough game when Darlington come here on Saturday.”
Tuesday night’s encounter was a bruising game on a difficult playing surface but Wilkin hopes to have his full squad available for selection against Darlington bar Jack Byrne whose injury keeps him out.
The visitors have hit a fine run of form, unbeaten in five with three straight wins, including the last two away fixtures at Leamington and Bradford Park Avenue, and successive clean-sheets. Recent results have lifted Tommy Wright’s side to 14th and they will be looking to continue their rise up the league table.
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Next Saturday we travel to Stockport County for the last-eight round of the FA Trophy. A supporters’ club coach will be running – places are limited so see the website for details.