Purewal: No player is assured of their place

THE FINAL SAY: Amar Purewal celebrates scoring the 145th and final goal of Darlington's title-winning season

THE FINAL SAY: Amar Purewal celebrates scoring the 145th and final goal of Darlington's title-winning season

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Amar Purewal may have ended the campaign as Darlington's top goalscorer, but he does not feel assured of his place in the starting XI for the next campaign as he knows the manager will be adding to the squad.

August will see Quakers commence the campaign in the Evo-Stik League First Division North, having marched to the Northern League title in style and Purewal had a big role to play.

He scored during injury time in each of Quakers' last two matches, against Team Northumbria on Saturday and Guisborough Town on Wednesday.

The goals took his tally to 24, one ahead of Stephen Thompson whose 23 included four scored at the beginning of the campaign for Durham, a club both players were with last season at the level Darlington will play at in 2013-14.

"The league that we're going into is a little bit easier than the Northern League so we've got a great chance of back-to-back promotions," said Purewal.

"I'm not going to say it's easy, but in the Northern League you get no time on the ball. The level above is slightly easier in that you get more time on the ball, but I think we can steamroll that too if we play like we did this season."

Darlington finished the season on 122 points having won 40 of their 46 matches, a remarkable record at any level.

However, with manager Martin Gray having held talks with potential new players, Purewal knows nobody is guaranteed to keep their starting spot come August.

"I'm buzzing to be part of this, but you can't rest on your laurels. Martin's always looking to strengthen the team so you've got to be on top of your game all of the time."

Purewal scored twice against Team Northumbria, the second a cool finish after being one-on-one with the goalkeeper, bringing to an end a run of four games without a goal.

The last-minute goal was particularly sweet. It sealed the points and with it the Northern League title, hence the pitch invasion that followed.

It was the same on Wednesday, Purewal scoring in injury time before many of the 2,001 crowd raced onto the pitch.

Purewal added: "After I'd scored the first on Saturday, the header, my confidence was up. I hadn't scored in a few games and the fans were getting on my back a little bit and rightly so because I'd missed chances.

"But when I was put through for the second goal I knew I was going to score, it was meant to be.

"It was a good ball by Jonny Davis, and after I scored I just remember him coming at me and he nearly broke my nose!

"It was a great moment because it meant we had done it, we'd won the title, and the bump on the nose from Jonny proves it.

"Seeing the fans react like they did at the end was brilliant that was the best thing ever in my football career. The fans have been unbelievable with their support.

"It's been a long hard slog. Around November and December time the lads were getting a bit tired and we lost back-to-back games, but then we won 17 games in a row and that was unbelievable."

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6:08pm Sun 5 May 13

stiv says...

Although it is dangerous to believe the evo stick league is going to be "easy" i have faith in Martin Gray to get it right.
Although it is dangerous to believe the evo stick league is going to be "easy" i have faith in Martin Gray to get it right. stiv
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