Darlington v Dag & Red preview
Benson to wear mask, Purcell faces late fitness test
Last Updated: 07/05/10 2:15pm
Benson: Broken nose
Dagenham & Redbridge travel to already relegated Darlington looking to secure a play-off place.
Paul Benson will continue in attack for Dagenham as he will continue to wear a Zorro-style protective mask to guard his broken nose that he used last weekend against Hereford.
The Daggers lost the last game of last season when needing a draw at home to Shrewsbury to reach the play-offs but will make up for that heartache with a win at already-relegated Darlington.
Midfielder Peter Gain sits on 14 bookings knowing one more will keep him out of the play-offs while defender Will Antwi is back in training after four months out with an ankle injury and could be on the bench.
Midfielder Stuart Thurgood is still struggling with a knee injury that threatens to end his season.
Darlington striker Tadgh Purcell hopes to shake off an ankle injury in time for the last game of the season .
Purcell, the club's leading goalscorer with nine goals despite only arriving in January, has missed the last two games.
Young Michael Smith, who scored in his second start for the club last week, will partner Chris Moore if Purcell misses out.
Skipper Ian Miller is also hoping to be fit after playing through the pain barrier in recent weeks with a hernia.
The central defender, who made a goalscoring return in the 2-0 win at Macclesfield last week, could be replaced by Mark Bower if he fails to make it.
Relegated Darlington have won three of their last nine league games under manager Simon Davey.
Sky Bet League 2
Sat 8th May
Hereford3 - 0Rotherham
Chesterfld2 - 1Bournemth
Burton Alb3 - 0Grimsby
Morecambe1 - 0Aldershot
Crewe0 - 1Bradford
Northamptn1 - 1Bury
Port Vale1 - 1Shrewsbury
Lincoln0 - 0Macc'field
Cheltenham1 - 1Accrington
Darlington0 - 2Dag + Red
Torquay0 - 0Notts Co
Barnet1 - 0Rochdale
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