In the air – Darlington vs Bradford City – League Two preview

Following Saturday’s defeat capitulation the Bantams head North for the first of two games in a week – Grimsby follows on Friday – with an added onus to collect a positive result.

The perceived loss of two points and short turn around between games poises problems for McCall who has Michael Boulding struggling with injury and may use Barry Conlon against his former club to partner Peter Thorne.

Tiredness was expected in Omar Daley’s game following his mid-week international jaunt but the winger seemed spritely and along with another former Darlington man Joe Colbeck he is expected to keep his place in the midfield at the side of Paul McLaren and Dean Furman.

Graeme Lee and former Darlo man number three Matthew Clarke had an uncomfortable second half on Saturday but both are to retain their places while TJ Moncur and Luke O’Brien compete with Paul Heckingbottom (a fourth former Quaker) and Paul Arnison at full back. Rhys Evans stays in goal.