Trinity aim to topple high-flying Darlington this weekend as the Holy Blues’ play host to the Quakers’ this Saturday at the Martin & Co Arena in the National League North. Trinity currently occupy that daunting 20th place just in the relegation zone albeit only on goal difference to 19th placed Worcester City.
Dave Frecklington spoke to the Lincolnshire Echo ahead of the fixture after his side just fell short midweek against Halifax Town, labelling his experience so far as "brutal, but we'll keep fighting".
Darlington have enjoyed a fruitful form as of late, losing just once in five games. Martin Grey’s men come into the fixture on the back of a four-game unbeaten run that has helped the Quakers’ to 6th place in the league, with just one point between themselves and a play-off spot. They could have been in the play-off places already had it not been for their mid-week game against Bradford Park Avenue being called off.
Darlo’s talisman this season has been the ever-present Mark Beck. The Scot has only missed one game for Darlington and has scored 14 goals in the National League North. If Trinity are to come away with anything this weekend, they’ll have to conjure up a plan to deal with Beck. Having seen his side come so close on Tuesday night to securing their first win in the Frecklington era, the Blues boss said "I believe we now have the ingredients we need in the changing room for the dogfight that is ahead of us".
"On Tuesday, I could not have asked any more from the players, they gave this football club everything they had. In the short time, I have been at this level, the one thing I have learned is that it is brutal".
This will be only the second meeting between the two clubs, with the first coming in mid-October of the current season. Nathan Jarman and James Reid’s goals were not enough that day at Blackwell Meadows as the Quakers’ ran riot putting five goals past the Holy Blues. Hopefully the return fixture at the Martin & Co Arena will go Trinity’s way as we come into the home stretch of this seasons National League North campaign.
Make sure you get your ticket and make it to the game this weekend to cheer on the Blues in the hope that Dave Frecklington’s men can guide Trinity to safety.
Match preview by Josh Dainty
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