EVERYONE at the club is really looking forward to the game on Wednesday.
We feel that there is no pressure on us, because as a team we’ve achieved all our targets this season. We said at the start that we wanted to have a good run in the FA Cup, do well in the other cups and reach the play-offs, and we’ve done all that.
Darlington, meanwhile, have slipped from the automatic promotion position, and they have expectations of going up, so the pressure is on them. If we get a result, then happy days.
We have nothing to lose. We’ve got a couple of knocks and a couple of suspensions, but that won’t be bothering us.
There should be a capacity crowd there, and it’ll be a great atmosphere. There have been two cracking games this season, and who can forget that game at Spennymoor in the Northern League season when there were over 2,500 in the ground? Whoever gets a ticket for the game will be in for a treat.
We’re going into the game full of confidence. We’ve been working on being a bit more solid at the back, and we’ve kept a couple of clean sheets recently, which is great.
People are saying that the forwards aren’t scoring many goals, but at least we’re creating chances, and it’s only a matter of time before they’re converted.
Our dressing room is bubbling at the moment. We’re all pulling in the same direction, the spirit and the morale are very good. Everyone is really excited about the game.
I was in the play offs last season with Darlington, and we were knocked out by Ramsbottom. I’ll always remember it for that disgraceful tackle on Leon Scott early in the game, it completely changed the game and their lad only got a yellow card. But having said that, I think everybody from Darlington held their hands up and said that the better team won on the night.
Let’s hope that we have a game to remember between two very good sides.