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Pain is no barrier to Quakers; Darlington FC.


SEVERAL Darlington players are likely to play through the pain barrier again tomorrow.

The club plays the last of its away games in a troubled season with a trip to Forest Green Rovers, and some of the squad will again perform despite knocks and strains that might have sidelined them.

Liddle has been unable to name a full complement of substitutes because his squad is so stretched, but with just two games to go the players are determined to get through.

Despite relegation from the Blue Square Premier League, the players have not lost their desire to pick up points, and they were solid and determined in Tuesday's 0-0 draw at Newport.

Quakers have picked up 15 points away from home this season, the vast majority coming before the club was plunged into administration in January.

And they are determined to see their travels out with at least a point tomorrow.

"The players have given everything, even though the odds have been stacked against us," said Liddle.

"They could have walked away, but they have stayed. Relegation has been inevitable for a while but the players are playing with pride."

Tomorrow's opponents include former Darlington and Middlesbrough keeper Sam Russell, who left Quakers earlier this season.

Russell is a superb keeper and was a good servant to Darlington, playing for them in the Football League and Blue Square Premier and helping them win the FA Trophy last season.

He has been replaced by Jordan Pickford, and the teenager, on loan from Sunderland, has shown he has the qualities to enjoy a long and successful career.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 20, 2012
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