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Darlington v Leamington

Darlington 0 - 0 Leamington
09 Sep 2017 - 15:00

Quakers had enough chances to win the game against their visitors, but couldn’t break through.

The performance was much better than on Tuesday at Chorley, but the injured defender list is getting longer, with Dominic Collins and Tom Portas both going off during the game. There are now six players out injured.

Quakers had an early free kick on the left that was whipped in by Josh Gillies, but a defender cleared  inside the area, but a second free kick, awarded for a foul on James Caton 25 yards out, saw Gillies curl the ball over the wall but about a yard wide of the left hand post.

Leamington had a chance on 10 minutes when Charley Edfge curled a free kick over from the right, and Junior Bishop headed harmlessly wide.

Quakers had an opportunity on 13 minutes when David Syers played a 1-2 with Josh Gillies to get into the box and fired in a low shot that a defender blocked.

Then from a free kick from the right curled in by Galbraith, Collins glanced a header towards the bottom left hand corner, and Breeden saved.

Quakers nearly took the lead on 26 minutes when Gillies curled the ball over from the right to Mark Beck at the far post, and the striker’s downward header hit the base of the post and went out for a goal kick.

Then another chance came along on 29 minutes, this time Caton crossed from the left for Syers to head into the keeper’s hands.

Quakers were forced into a sub on 31 minutes when Dominic Collins, who had received treatment earlier for an injury earlier,was subbed by Jack Vaulks for his home debut. Five Darlo defenders are injured now!

Half time:

Darlington 0 Leamington 0

Quakers threatened on 47 minutes when David Ferguson crossed deep from the left for Beck to nod the ball down inside the area, but nobody could get on the end of it, then in Quakers next attack Beck was pulled up for a foul on keeper Breeden.


Quakers made a sub on 55 minutes, Portas coming off for Leon Scott.

Quakers had a chance from the restart, Beck did well to set up cartman, whose shot from an acute angle was blocked by Breedon.

Leamington had an opportunity when Edge crossed deep from the left over to the far post, where Moore volleyed wide.

Quakers then made their second sub, Saunders coming on for Caton on 63 minutes.

David Syers, now switched to right back, had a header from a Galbraith cross that went a couple of yards wide.

Quakers had a great chance when Turnbull chipped the ball forward into the box for Beck, with his back to goal, to control on his chest, but off balance he couldn’t quite force the ball home.

But Leamington nearly scored when Dunbar floated a free kick in for English to head just over the top.

Quakers put on more pressure in the closing minutes. Ferguson and Saunders both had shots blocked, and Gillies had one saved by Breeden

But in the last minute Leamington sub Kurtis Revan broke through and his shot was blocked by Bartlett.

Final score: Darlington 0 Leamington 0

Attendance 1277

Bartlett, Portas (sub Scott 55), Ferguson, Turnbull, Collins (sub Vaulks 31), Galbraith, Gillies, Syers, Beck, Cartman, Caton (sub Saunders 63)

Subs: Thompson, Wilczynski