As part of the build up towards our next game at Boston on Saturday, here’s the tale of the last time we played Boston, at Heritage Park on August 16th last year.
Darlington 4 Boston United 1
Quakers comfortably won their first home game in the Vanarama National League North at Heritage Park with an impressive performance.
Quakers had the first chance in the second minute. Gary Brown drove the ball across the penalty area , Stephen Thompson picked it up, took a touch, and hit a left foot shot across the face of goal.
Boston missed a couple of chances before Quakers moved up a gear. Quakers nearly scored on 20 minutes, when Terry Galbraith played a ball through for Liam Hardy, who turned the ball past the advancing keeper, but agonisingly wide.
Quakers had appeals for a penalty turned down when Phil Turnbull weaved his way into the box and seemed to be tripped. The ref waved play on, and the ball dropped back for Turnbull, who hit a right foot shot that was headed away by a defender.
Quakers went their closest yet on 33 minutes when Stephen Thompson played the ball towards Leon Scott 25 yards out, the midfielder couldn’t control it but the ball ran on for Galbraith to sidefoot just wide.
On 39 minutes Galbraith beat a defender on the left and drilled the ball into the near post, and Hardy was inches away from connecting.
Quakers were awarded a penalty on 42 minutes when a long throw into the box caused chaos, Mark Beck tried to turn but was tripped by a defender. The ref pointed to the spot and Galbraith converted.
Quakers went 2-0 up after 50 minutes when a long clearance by Turnbull bounced off the shoulder of a defender, and the ball dropped nicely for Liam Hardy to run through, round Dibble and slide the ball home.
Within two minutes, it was 3-0, when Turnbull picked up a throw in from the right, and fired the ball into the box where it was deflected past the keeper. Many thought that Phil would claim the goal as his first for the club, but declined to take any credit for it – we would have to wait until later in the season for a superb effort against Gloucester.
It was 4-0 on 58 minutes, this time Galbraith crossed from the right to the far post for Mark Beck to nod into the bottom corner!
Jay Rollins scored a late consolation for Boston.
Jameson, Marrs, Galbraith, Turnbull, Burgess, Brown, Gillies, Scott (sub Portas 58), Beck, Hardy (sub Cartman 62), Thompson (sub Mitchell 52)
Subs not used: Bell, Nowakowski
Dibble, Thomas, Burgess, Chippendale, Maguire, Pepe-Ngoma (sub Colley 62), Rollins, Roberts, Fairhurst (sub Johnson 62), Smith, St Juste (sub Adams 62)
Subs not used: Hilliard, Wildin,