Leamington vs Darlington: How to watch, kick-off time, predicted lineups, team news and ones to watch
Leamington midfielder Adam Walker has become a fans favourite since joining from AFC Telford United (Photo by Tim Nunan/Leamington FC)

Darlington are the visitors to Your Co-op Community Stadium as the National League North enters its final two months of the season. 

The Quakers will be hopeful of extending their unbeaten run to four in Warwickshire, with their last game a triumph over Boston United on Saturday. 

On the other hand, away misery continued for Leamington, with this Saturday's hosts falling to two defeats on the road to Yorkshire sides including a defeat to bottom side Farsley Celtic added on to a one goal loss in their final fixture in March against York City.

  • Team news

Leamington thought that their injury crisis may have ended with their squad getting back to full fitness but Brakes have seen injuries increase forcing them to bring in some new faces.

Melis Bushaj impressed on his debut on loan from Solihull Moors at the LNER Community Stadium, stepping into the Brakes eleven in place of injured left back Steph Morley and taking away the man of the match award. Charlie Williams was also a late arrival and the on-loan Burton Albion winger started at The Citadel and York with Dan Turner out injured.

Brakes have found it hard in front of goal lately, scoring twice in their last five matches and this was only further hit by the injury of striker Kelsey Mooney meaning winger Joe Parker had to sit in up top in the Chocolate City.

Veteran David Wheater came off for Darlington in injury time in their last match injured - Wheater scoring the opener in the first half, it is unknown as to whether he will be fit for the trip to Shakespeare's County but the Quakers have no other known injuries.

  • Predicted lineups

Leamington: Hawkins, Meredith, Morley, Clarke, Mace, Lane, Williams, Walker, Turner, Edwards, Kelly-Evans

Darlington: Taylor, Griffiths, Wheater, Lawlor, Hedley, Rose, Moke, Dos Santos, Lambert, Thompson, Cassidy

  • Ones to watch

Ever since joining on loan from Burton Albion, Charlie Williams has impressed in the gold and black. Despite not having a goal to his name yet, the winger has put in two good performances in his first two starts and has come close to finding the net.

Leamington will look to the energetic winger to give that creative spark to unlock Darlington's defence. 

Teams that play at Your Co-op Community Stadium usually come under pressure, and Darlo's 'keeper Tommy Taylor will need to be on his game, but did concede to the Brakes earlier in the season in the meeting in 2021.

  • Previous meeting

Dan Turner beat the Darlington offside trap to cancel out Kevin Dos Santos' opener in a 1-1 draw at Blackwell Meadows earlier in the season. 

  • What the managers have said

Speaking to Leamington's media team after the York City fixture, Brakes boss Paul Holleran was relieved to have a week without a midweek fixture telling them that "we'll brush ourselves down, we've got a free week. We'll recover and train and get ready for Saturday's home game."

Alun Armstrong told Darlington's YouTube channel that "anything is possible" in terms of reaching the playoffs. He wants to "keep performing" for the rest of the season, continuing with the game against the Brakes. 

  • Key clashes

Your Co-op Community Stadium has become a bit of a fortress for Leamington this season, with the Warwickshire based side being the sixth best team at home this season in the National League North. 

In addition to their good home form, the Brakes have conceded the least amount of goals outside the play-off positions, but Darlo have scored the most goals bar Chester outside of the top 7. It'll be intriguing to see how a resilient defence will face off against the visitors' attack.

  • How to watch

There is no TV coverage of this National League North fixture, but radio commentary is available from BrakesLiveFM as well as live text updates on both clubs' social media channels.

Kick-off at Your Co-op Community Stadium is 15:00 BST. 

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