Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

More Ups and Downs as the Quakers Crash; Darlington Fight Back, but Can't Hold on for a Point

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

More Ups and Downs as the Quakers Crash; Darlington Fight Back, but Can't Hold on for a Point

Article excerpt

Byline: Steve Brown

Darlington 2 Wrexham 4 THERE is currently a fairground occupying much of Neasham Road's car park. Even it cannot compare with Darlington Football Club for thrills, costly spills and, ultimately, an ache in the belly. For while life off the pitch took yet a further complex turn these past few days - a potential backer sent packing, concessions afforded Raj Singh - on-field matters remain equally perilous.

A pity, because the Quakers deserved more last night.

They kept Wrexham at arm's length for long spells, then recovered from two goals down to draw level. Looked like winning it even.

But, again, their effort proved in vain, and two late goals left them second bottom of Blue Square Bet Premier, six points from a position of safety and, crucially, with just seven 'cup finals' left to play.

This, Wrexham second top, was supposed to be their toughest.

Yet if Darlington were meant to be daunted by the prospect, they paid the notion little heed, and started well.

Paul Arnison, again deployed in central midfield, half-volleyed at Joslain Mayebi and Adam Rundle hooked over.

Much later in the opening half, Ryan Bowman's shot from the edge of the box was claimed at the second attempt by Mayebi.

The hosts were able to keep Wrexham relatively quiet, and certainly, for 44 minutes, this did not bear the look of the second best team in the division against one cobbled together in adversity.

Only after 36 minutes did Wrexham conjure anything worthy of note, and that - an Andy Morrell shot - was blocked by Neil Wainwright.

Moments before half-time, Darlington's resolve briefly but critically relented. Following a half-cleared corner, Dean Keates crossed from the right, and Jake Speight, unmarked, headed in. Simple, too simple.

By the break the goalscorer had brought a good save from Jordan Pickford, and after it Jay Harris tested the onloan Sunderland goalkeeper. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.