Quakers Sweat It Out On Injuries

Darlington travel to Kenilworth Road to take on Third Division promotion rivals Darlington tonight with Feethams boss Gary Bennett waiting for late fitness verdicts on a number of key men.

Darlington travel to Kenilworth Road to take on Third Division promotion rivals Darlington tonight with Feethams boss Gary Bennett waiting for late fitness verdicts on a number of key men.

Bennett will again be forced to go into battle without the services of Neil Maddison, with the former Middlesbrough midfielder still suffering from a foot problem he picked up in the 3-1 win at Leyton Orient just over two weeks ago.

First-team regulars Brian Atkinson, Mark Ford, Danny Mellanby and Barry Conlon are all struggling for fitness - although they have been given a good chance of making it.

RICHIE Humphreys may have to concentrate his efforts on carving out a role as midfield playmaker with Hartlepool boss Chris Turner again poised to shuffle his tactical pack.

United travel to Rushden and Diamonds tonight looking to build on Saturday's convincing win against Carlisle - a game Humphreys missed following a barren run in front of goal.

Humphreys is without a league goal this season, but the 23-year-old could emerge as a key midfielder in the future after a promising performance against Carlisle's reserves in midweek.

GATESHEAD manager Paul Proudlock has demanded an improvement in his side which has conceded 11 goals in their last three games.

"We are giving too many goals away," said Proudlock, whose team return to league action at Lancashire side Bamber Bridge tonight (ko 7.45).

Blyth Spartans have doubts about defender Paddy Little and midfielder Gary Innes for the game at home to Gainsborough Trinity (7.45).

Bishop Auckland travel to Barrow with new signing James Middleton, from Marske, in the squad. Middleton can play in defence and in midfield.

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