Despite only a 12 mile journey from Teesside to Darlington, tickets £5 and £10 and a scorching afternoon, only 1,185 boro fans turned up out of the 3,000 attendance. (If only Juninho had turned out this afternoon.)
You can never read too much into pre season games, its all about getting your touch and timing right, getting to know your new team mates (if any), shape of the team, if your a striker scoring goals and if your a defender keeping a clean sheet. Never the less we were playing Darlington a blue square premier outfit and you expect to win but things don’t always go to plan. Certain players gave a good account of themselves, Lita, Bailey and Emnes. Kink played on left wing with Robson on the right, neither delivered any quality balls into the box. Zemmama for me flattered to deceive and was never greatly involved. McManus and Williams the two centre backs have to work at their partnership. Grounds and McMahon the full backs never got going. Danny Coyne the goal keeper was at cause for two out of the four goals and the game ended 4-2 to Darlo. Credit must go to the Quakers they passed the ball around, kept possession well and put plenty of quality balls into our box. The players that caught the eye were Michael Smith, Liam Hatch, James Walshaw.
Pluses from a boro point of view, another game towards full match fitness, Lita grabbing a goal and a lot of youngsters getting a run out in the second half.