Taylor returns for Quakers

Kris Taylor returns to the Darlington side for today’s game at Forest Green Rovers.

The midfielder has missed the last two matches – draws against Bath and Newport – with a knee injury sustained in training.

But with Neil Wainwright unable to play due to a sore calf, Taylor slots into the starting XI that is otherwise unchanged.

The match is Quakers’ final away game of the season and sees the team facing former keeper Sam Russell who joined Forest Green in January.

He left The Northern Echo Arena after the club did not pay his wages, and soon signed a two-and-a-half year deal at The New Lawn.

Fellow former Darlington player Tommy Wright is also with the Gloucestershire outfit, who are managed by David Hockaday, but he is not involved at the moment so is not in their squad today.

Forest Green have won their last three home games, scoring three goals in each match, and are tenth in the table though they cannot reach the play-offs, while Quakers are third-bottom and were relegated last weekend.

Craig Liddle’s side have not won in 19 consecutive league matches, a run that equals their club record so they will make ignominious history should they fail to win today.

The teams drew 0-0 at the Arena in early December, while at this ground in February last year the teams drew 1-1 with the hosts cancelling out Michael Smith’s goal with a late strike.

Darlington: Pickford; Arnison, Johnson, Hollis, Brown; McReady, Taylor, Keltie, Rundle; Broughton, Bowman. Subs: Nixon (gk), Ferguson, Wainwright, Barton, Lambert

Referee: John Hopkins

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