DARLINGTON will attempt to claim a third win in the space of four matches when they head to Chorley tomorrow night.

Quakers gave themselves a big confidence boost when they beat Chester 3-2 in a thriller at Blackwell Meadows on Saturday, a result which lifted them off the bottom of the National League North table and put them above Bishop’s Stortford and Gloucester, and four points behind fourth-bottom Rushall Olympic.

That gave them two wins from the last three games, and now they’re looking to maintain to improve that record at Victory Park.

“We spoke about the one per cents on Saturday,” said manager Josh Gowling. “ Tommy Taylor touched an early free-kick against the post, and then when the ball came back out, Ben Hedley was able to get there and clear the ball—these are the one per cents.

“If the players do their jobs well and do the one per cents well, then they’ll win matches.”

Also of some help to Quakers is the input of a sports psychologist, who started working with the players three weeks ago.


“We’re trying to look at the mental side of things," continued Gowling. "We’ve had a psychologist come in to training over the last couple of weeks and work with the group.

“They’re a good group, they want to work well for this football club. It’s been heavy, we’ve not been able to get as many wins as I would like since I came through the door, but it’s getting better.”

Chorley are currently sixth in the table, and have lost just twice in eight home games this season.

“I know their manager, Andy Preece, well," said Gowling. "I know that they’re good at set-pieces. Saturday’s win will give us confidence knowing that if we get the ball down and play, we can match anyone.”

Midfielder Tom Platt will return from a one-match suspension for the game against Chorley.