Daisy Hill are preparing for a double header of games in the North West Counties League First Division North, with a trip to Darwen tomorrow (3pm) being followed by a home game against Ashton Athletic at the Plumb Factory Stadium on Monday night (7.45pm).

Tomorrow will see Daisy’s first game in two weeks after suffering the frustration of travelling to Nelson last weekend, only to for the referee to postpone the game less than an hour before kick off.

However, Daisy had a number of players missing through injury last weekend, and manager Lee Hill admitted the postponement could have worked in their favour.

“It was disappointing to miss out on a game that we had prepared for, but it was a blessing in disguise in a way,” said Hill.

“For the AFC Blackpool game two weeks ago, we were down to the bare bones and struggling a bit, and the break last week has given us a bit of a breather and a chance for the lads to recover a bit more.

“We have most of the players back now, and it looks a lot better in terms of who is available than it did for the Blackpool game.”

Darwen have only played one league game since their victory over Daisy in the reverse fixture on January 8, but Hill believes that will not have much of an impact tomorrow.

“I know they have played a couple of friendlies, so I don’t think they will be lacking match sharpness as such, and I think we are probably both in a similar situation,” said the Daisy boss.

“With the game being played on their 4G surface, we know for sure the game will be on, which is a positive as it takes away the uncertainty of whether or not the game will be affected by the weather.

“We trained twice this week on similar surfaces, and that gave us a good opportunity to work on a few specifics with an eye on Saturday.

“We know it is going to be a test, and we know what Darwen are about. They move the ball around well, and I don’t expect anything different from them than they showed against us a few weeks ago.

“They have players who have quality, but so have we, and while we will respect them, we are going there looking to take something from the game.”