Notts County Preview - Quakers under strength
Quakers head into the game against Notts County on Tuesday evening with many first team regulars unavailable. Suspension rules out both Ricky Ravenhill and Alan White while Pawel Abbott, Gregg Blundell, Rob Purdie and Steve Foster are all currently injured. Loan signings Carl Tremarco and Dean Gerken have both had to return to their parent clubs as Darlo are unable to extend loan deals due to the transfer embargo that the Football League placed on the Quakers.
Dave Penney will have to make the best of what he has to work with, a number of squad players who have been out of the first picture may well get a chance to impress in the coming weeks. David Poole or Adam Griffin will come into the side in the place of Carl Tremarco who player wide left in the last game. Griffin would be a like for like replacement but as Franz Burgmeier can easily play on either flank Penney could select Poole on the right and switch Burgmeier to the left flank.
Andy Oakes is likely to continue in goal after putting in a good performance at the weekend. Quakers do have a number of options between the posts with 3 keepers to choose from though neither Kazmierczak of Liversedge have any real first team experience between them so Penney is almost certain to go with the experience of Oakes behind a patched up back four.
Darlo do have both of their first choice full backs available though neither of the clubs normal centre halves will be able to play. Tim Ryan is likely to continue at the heart of defence after he stepped in on Saturday when Steve Foster was injured before the game at Exeter. Ian Miller is likely to start alongside Ryan against the Magpies and the new pairing will be keen to put in an impressive showing in order to get more opportunities in the first team in the next few weeks and months.
Austin Ryan Miller Valentine
Poole Kennedy Hulbert Burgmeier
Kazimierczak, Griffin, Fortune, Gray, Smith
Notts County lie 15th in league 2 with 39 points from 33 games and they have an average away record so far this campaign. The Magpies have only recorded 3 wins on their travels this term while they have picked up a point on 7 occasions and have been beaten 6 times.
County have been in mixed form of late with 2 wins 2 defeats and a draw in their last 5 match`s. Their main danger man is the experienced forward Jamie Forrester who has 8 goals this season so far he has also netted a hatrick during the current campaign. Forrester began his career in England at Leeds United in 1992 when they signed him from Auxerre for £60,000 but he never really had a chance to impress at Elland Road and had a number of loan moves away from Yorkshire before he signed for Grimsby Town in 1995. Forrester`s most prolific spells have come at Scunthorpe United and at Lincoln City where he has been a regular goal scorer. Forrester spent both the 2006/7 and 2007/8 seasons at Lincoln where he netted over 35 goals before he agreed a close season move to County last summer.
Darlo will be hoping that Tuesday nights game can help the club both financially and in their quest for League 1 football next term. Though it is now highly unlikely that the Quakers will be able to achieve a Play Off place this campaign a number of consecutive victories would see Darlo back in the Play Off picture once again. A bumper crowd would obviously be a great boost for the clubs finances and it would also demonstarte to any potential investors that the Quakers can attract good crowds to the Arena.
I feel Darlo might have to settle for a point from this game as Dave Penney will have to put out a under strength side and a 1-1 scoreline may be on the cards. Danny Carlton is a likely scorer for Darlo given the Quakers limited striking options.