Diallo's Late Show Hands Darlington First Defeat; SOLID SUPPORT: Steve Fletcher and Aaron Downes Defend for Chesterfield. Peter Leven's Free Kick (Top) Beats the Wall but Misses the Target Pictures: BRIAN WILLIAMSON

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Diallo's Late Show Hands Darlington First Defeat; SOLID SUPPORT: Steve Fletcher and Aaron Downes Defend for Chesterfield. Peter Leven's Free Kick (Top) Beats the Wall but Misses the Target Pictures: BRIAN WILLIAMSON


Byline: MALCOLM BROWN

MK DONS 1 DARLINGTON 0DRISSA DIALLO scored his first goal for the Dons with a minute to go to endDarlington's unbeaten start to the League Two season.

The former Sheffield Wednesday defender rose to head in Jude Stirling's longthrow as Paul Ince's side finally broke Darlington's dogged resistance.

Dave Penney's visitors were forced to defend for long periods at Stadium:mk andlooked set to grab a point before Diallo's intervention.

In a first half short of genuine chances, neither goalkeeper was stretched.

After the home side's Aaron Wilbraham had a shotdeflectedwidebyAlanWhite, the Darlington defender had a chance of his own on 15 minutes when hegot on the end of a Tim Ryan free-kick but headed straight at goalkeeper WillyGueret.

Dons striker Leon Knight had the best chance before the goal on 66 minutes whenhe was teed up in the box by Wilbraham, but fullback Ian Miller threw himselfat the ball to block.

Darlington finally enjoyed a decent spell of pressure midway through the secondhalf, and Pawel Abbott's 68th-minute shot from the edge of the area was wellheld by Gueret.

Dean Lewington sent in a rasping drive from 20 yardsthatDarlingtongoalkeeperDavid Stockdale tipped superbly over at the other end as the visitors lookedset for a sixth shutout in seven games.

But Diallo ended their unbeaten start when he rose to meet Stirling's longthrow and sent a header over Stockdale and into the far corner.

MK DONS (4-4-2): Gueret; Diallo, O'Hanlon, Swailes, Lewington; Stirling,Andrews (Edds 86min), Navarro, Dyer (Smart 76); Wilbraham, Knight (Johnson 69).Subs (not used): Howell, Abbey. Booked: Knight. DARLINGTON (4-4-2): Stockdale;Miller, Foster, White, Ryan; Joachim, Cummins, Ravenhill, Purdie; Abbott(Blundell 69), Wright (Keltie 87). Subs (not used): Oakes, Harty, Palmer.Booked: White, Wright.

Referee: A D'Urso (Essex).

LINCOLN 1GRIMSBY 2 CIARAN TONER scored a penalty against his old club toearn Grimsby's first league win of the season.

Justin Whittle gave Town a 19th-minute lead when he prodded the ball pastkeeper Alan Marriott.

Jamie Forrester equalised after 38 minutes but Town resgained their lead afterthe break when Toner calmly put away his spot-kick.Grimsby boss Alan Buckleysaid: 'It was a good performance.' But his Lincoln counterpart John Schofieldwas disappointed after a fourth consecutive defeat, saying: 'The longer the rungoes on, the harder it gets.' ACCRINGTON 1MANSFIELD 0 GOAL-MACHINE Paul Mullin hit the target again as Accrington's climbup the table continued.

The striker now has four for the campaign and Accrington picked up their secondvictory.

But the bottom of the ladder is coming up fast for Mansfield, who failed toscore in the league for the first time this season.

DAG & REDBRIDGE 1BURY 1 STRUGGLING Bury dug deep to frustrate Dagenham and Redbridge at VictoriaRoad.

Bury were low on confidence after four straight league defeats and begannervously. But they weathered the storm and caught Daggers with a sucker punchin the 21st minute when Paul Scott fired home after keeper Tony Roberts'fumble.

The home side's pressure eventually told in the 39th minute with Dave Rainfordrising highest in the Bury box to power in Glen Southam's cross.

Thorpe helps to get Butcher off the hook CHESTER 0BRENTFORD 2 TERRY BUTCHER'S Brentford had to withstand early Chester pressurebefore going on to confirm all three points in the last minute.

The visitors took the lead in the 53rd minute when Chester failed to deal witha Sammy Moore corner. Skipper John Mackie won a header at the far post and theball eventually fell to Lee Thorpe, who drilled home a low shot from fiveyards.

But the win was not secure until the 90th minute when Moore outstripped theChester defence and slotted the ball past John Danby from 10 yards.

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