Darlington are the visitors to St James Park for a re-arranged midweek fixture on Tuesday evening.

Saints’ run of four successive league wins was ended on Saturday in the draw against Kettering.  That point lifted us into 7th place in the league table.

Shane Byrne was again on the score-sheet with his 7th goal of the season.

The game saw the first appearance on the bench of new signing Conor Tee.  Midfielder Tee was released by Leicester City and arrives at a key time to boost Kevin Wilkin’s options.  Connor Franklin came on as a late substitute on Saturday after a long spell out with injury.

Alun Armstrong’s Darlington have played only 9 league games so languish in 19th place but with plenty of games in hand and quality in their ranks can be expected to race up the league.  Four wins in those 9 games have come with more recent improved form.  After a poor start, losing three of the opening four games, The Quakers have hit back with wins over Guiseley, Alfreton and Blyth and a draw with Spennymoor.

When Brackley and Darlington met last season, Saints were 5-1 winners at St James Park in November when the half-time score-line was 5-0 (Ndlovu 2, Lowe, York, Byrne) and they drew 1-1 at Blackwell Meadows in February.

With Northamptonshire having moved into Covid Tier 4 Tuesday’s game is again Behind Closed Doors with no entry for spectators.  The game is being live-streamed with match passes available from the website priced at just £4.99.  You can also purchase an e-programme for this game from the website.