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A second half penalty from Stephen Thompson gave Darlington all three points in a hard fought contest in front of over 2000 fans at Blackwell Meadows.

There was one change from the side who easily beat Bradford (Park Avenue) 3-0 the previous weekend, with Jack Earing making way for the fit again Shane Henry. However, Earing kept a spot in the squad, coming in for Andrew Johnson on the bench.

The home side, buoyed by a raucous crowd, began the brightest and threatened on numerous occasions down the left through the advanced Michael Liddle. His delivery, after just four fast paced minutes, was well cleared as Spennymoor survived an early spell of pressure.

Moors came back into the contest and almost went ahead when Glen Taylor found a yard on the edge of the box before drilling a thunderous shot which Elliott did well to push wide. Ben McKenna then threatened, twisting inside the area before seeing his effort deflect behind.

Adam Campbell, who looked dangerous throughout the opening twenty minutes, scored the afternoon’s opening goal when he waltzed through Moors’ defence before firing into the bottom corner past Matt Gould.

But, a Moors side never lacking in spirit and endeavour, charged back into the contest and were grateful for the excellent trickery of Ben McKenna and the aerial prowess of Taylor.

The winger dazzled two Quakers defenders before delivering a pinpoint cross which found the head of Spennymoor’s top scorer, with his effort clipping the post before nestling in.

Stephen Brogan almost put Moors ahead shortly before the half time whistle, but his free-kick flew inches wide of the post.

A dull opening ten minutes of the second half came to life when the Darlington faithful were adamant that Ryan Hall had brought down Sean Reid in the penalty area, but the referee was unmoved.

Moors responded and almost took the initiative in front of the following Moors fans when Shane Henry was inches away from converting Taylor’s knock down from a free-kick.

Darlington, who rarely posed Moors problems in the first fifteen minutes of the second half, should have retaken the lead when Gould comfortably collected a header from Alex Storey.

With the game hanging in the balance, there was a sense that the game would require a moment of magic or a set-piece to claim a winner, and that arrived twenty minutes from time when Sean Reid went down under a challenge from Nathan Buddle.

Stephen Thompson, so often a thorn in Spennymoor’s side over the years, stepped up and hammered the ball down the middle of the goal.

With the game deep into injury time, there was a feeling that Moors would be presented with one more chance, and that arrived with seconds of the game to go.

A wicked delivery from the right was planted onto the head of substitute Adam Boyes, but he couldn’t get a strong connection, with the ball spinning away into the wide area.

The final whistle was greeted with cheers from the home support, but for Moors, disappointment ahead of the visit of Gateshead on Saturday.

Darlington

1Chris Elliott Goalkeeper
2Ben Hedley Defender
3Michael Liddle Defender
4Josef Wheatley Midfielder
5Louis Laing Defender
6Alex Storey Defender
7Jarrett Rivers 15 Midfielder
8Will Hatfield Midfielder
9Adam Campbell 16 Forward 24'
10Sean Reid Midfielder
11Stephen Thompson 12 Midfielder 72 (pen
12Jordan Watson 11 Defender
14Omar Holness
15Justin Donawa 7
16Jack Lambert 9
17Osagi Bascome
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Spennymoor

1Matthew Gould Goalkeeper
2Carl Magnay Defender
3Stephen Brogan 16 Defender
4Jamie Chandler Midfielder
5Nathan Buddle Defender
6James Curtis Defender
7Ryan Hall 15 Midfielder
8Shane Henry 14 Midfielder
9Glen Taylor Forward 29'
10Robert Ramshaw Midfielder
11Ben McKenna Midfielder
12Christopher Mason Defender
14Mark Anderson 8 Midfielder
15James Roberts 7 Forward
16Adam Boyes 3 Forward
17Jack Earing Midfielder
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Clean Sheet
0
0
Goals
2
1
Assists
0
0
Yellow Cards
0
1
Red Cards
0
0

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Darlington112Win
Spennymoor101Loss

Details

Date Time Competition Season Attendance
26th December 2019 3:00 pm National League North 2019/20 2204

Ground

Blackwell Meadows
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Past Meetings

2018/19
Blackwell Meadows

2018/19
The Brewery Field

Attendance: 1768 (854 Darlo)
2017/18
The Brewery Field

2017/18
Blackwell Meadows