Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Conlon Set for Quakers Return in Cup

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Conlon Set for Quakers Return in Cup

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Byline: Andrew Wilkinson And Barry King

Darlington defender Craig Liddle is looking forward to locking horns with former team-mate Barry Conlon in the first round of the Carling Cup.

Quakers were today handed a home tie with League One side Barnsley (on the week beginning August 23), the club Conlon has just joined after three years with Darlington.

"Baz was brilliant for us and I'm sure that our fans will give him a great reception," said Liddle.

"I played against him a few times before he joined us and I know all about his strengths and weaknesses.

"While I have been at the club we have always had good draws in the this cup, and this is another one, with us at home to a higher division club."

Liddle hopes to be fit for the start of the season, but revealed today that he still has a stomach problem.

A detached tendon suffered towards the end of last season is causing him discomfort, but an injection is likely to cure the injury.

If not he will need an operation that could sideline him for six weeks, though he's not planning on it being necessary.

Manager David Hodgson is still seeking a player capable of replacing Conlon.

But he has several players in mind, and triallist strikers Sebastian Ferrero and Joaquim Ferraz will report for training on Monday.

HARTLEPOOL have been drawn at home to League Two side Macclesfield Town, hardly a tie to set the pulse racing, but Pool manager Neale Cooper is pleased.

He said: "We want to progress in the cup, and this game gives us every chance. Players enjoy the break from the league, and a cup run would boost our finances."

Cooper added that he hoped to sign at least two players before the start of the season.

Meanwhile Pool will be looking for a change in fortune when they appear in front of live TV cameras next month.

Pool's trip to Huddersfield on the second weekend of the new 2004-5 Coca-Cola League Two season has been re-scheduled for Sky TV. …

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