Wednesday 24th July
Home - 7:45pm KO
Match Preview: Darlington (A)
Salisbury resume their FA Trophy adventure with a long trip up north to face Conference side Darlington in the Quarter Finals of the competition.
Following the disappointing result against Truro in midweek, the Whites will be looking for an improved performance. However, they face a tough task against the Quakers in a match they begin as huge underdogs. Darlington are currently 12th in the Conference- 2 divisions higher than Salisbury. Although mid table, they have the third meanest defence in the league having conceded just 28 goals in 31 games.
Darlington have overcome Tamworth, Bath City and AFC Telford to reach the Quarter Final stages. Salisbury, the lowest ranked team in the draw, have put together a strong run in the trophy that has seen them take the scalps of four higher league teams in Lewes, Basingstoke, Wrexham and Woking.
The Whites will put the disappointment of Tuesday night behind them and look to the game as a fresh chance to regain themselves. Darrell Clarke looks forward to a difficult game at the end of a difficult week:
“Tuesday’s performance was unacceptable and we know that - everything that needed to be said has been said. I’ve had a few sleepless nights from it but it’s about moving on now and making amends. Saturday’s match is a good opportunity to get back to the football we know we’re capable of.”
The former Hartlepool favourite is no stranger to the area, and the Whites will be making use of the Manager’s links in the buildup to the game. “I’d like to say thanks to Hartlepool as they’re letting us use their facilities which is a big help. We face a massive club on Saturday in a great stadium. We go into it as massive underdogs but it’ll be a great experience and it’s one we’re looking forward to”
The Whites received a much needed boost midweek with Exeter City midfielder Chris Shephard arriving for his second loan spell at the Ray Mac following his 9 appearances for Salisbury last season. News is awaited as to whether he will have received clearance from the FA in time to feature against Darlington. Brian Dutton is rated doubtful with the injury that forced him off at half time against Truro, while Kayne McLaggon continues his pursuit of match sharpness following a lengthy injury spell, but could still play a part.
Kick off at the 25, 000 seated Northern Echo Arena is at 3pm.
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