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Preview: Darlington (h)

City host Darlington on Saturday in a huge battle at the bottom of the table.

The game is the second of three home games on the trot before Christmas, with Curzon Ashton to come on Tuesday.

Both City and Darlington haven’t had the seasons they’d have wanted as of yet, but Saturday will be a chance to secure valuable points in the fight for safety.

Darlington head into the game without a win in four league games, however their last game was nearly a month ago with three postponements in a row.

Meanwhile City will be looking to make it three on the bounce and take a step towards safety.

Tuesdays win over Peterborough Sports saw City play one of three games in hand but the gap still remains seven points so each game will be vital, especially those in and around the bottom four.

Player to watch: Akwasi Asante

Close your eyes City fans, it’s hard to look past a player of Akwasi’s quality.

The striker joined the club from National League leaders Chesterfield last month, having joined the club with James Rowe in 2020.

Of course, Akwasi knows TigerTurf Stadium very well, having been with City before his move to Chesterfield, having an impressive spell before the transfer.

If Asante gets going, not only will he be a threat on Saturday, he may well help Darlington escape the drop too.

Last meeting: Darlington 1-1 Gloucester

The match marks the first return game of our season, with a score draw settling the first affair earlier in October.

It also marked the return of Mike cook, who retuned for a second spell at the club.

City got off to a good start, with Brandon Smalley getting on the end of a brilliant ball through, slotting home for one of his eight goals this season.

City were worthy of their lead but it soon evaporated when Darlington won a penalty which was well converted.

In the end a draw was the result, but with both sides needing a win, expect fireworks this weekend.


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