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Darlington v Blyth Spartans

Darlington 1 - 1 Blyth Spartans
15 Aug 2018 - 19:45

Quakers got a free kick on the left in the first minute , and Joe Wheatley’s inswinger was headed away

Quakers had a penalty shout turned down when Styche played the ball inside to Elliott and he went down when he was challenged just inside the box,.

But Blyth went in front on 5 minutes, a ball was played straight up the middle for Maguire to latch on to, and he beat Maddison with a left foot shot from the edge of the box that went in off the right hand post.

Maguire then slipped away from a challenge in the box and got to the bye line where he pulled the ball back, but the ball bounced off a team mate for a goal kick.

Blyth nearly got a second on 12 minutes when Winter picked out Rivers with a ball to the far post, but Rivers headed straight at Maddison.

Quakers hit back with good interplay between Thompson and Wheatley on the right, which ended with Thompson chipping a ball to the far post where Blyth just managed to get the ball away.

Trotman then put a great cross in from the right, aimed for Ainge, that Jameson just managed to fingertip away.

Quakers then had two corners in quick succession, the second of which ended with a header by Collins that was saved by Jameson.

Thompson then nearly equalised in a moment of sheer brilliance on 24 minutes. Standing just inside the Blyth half, he spotted Jameson off his line and hit the ball over the keeper’s head, but unfortunately off the crossbar, and Styche, following up, couldn’t turn the ball home.

Quakers thought they’d levelled on 25 minutes, when Henshall’s low shot was parried by Jameson straight to Styche who tapped in, but the goal was disallowed for offside.

But Blyth replied with a low shot by Jamie Holmes that brushed the side netting.

Quakers nearly levelled on 33 minutes when Trotman threaded the ball through for Styche who turned well, ran into the box, but Jameson blocked his shot.

1-1 !Quakers levelled on 41 minutes when Collins’ chip forward was flicked on by Ainge to Styche, who ran through and slotted the ball past Jameson for his fifth goal of the season.

Quakers nearly took the lead on 45 minutes, when Galbraith found Thompson with a great diagonal ball, he beat two defenders and struck a left foot shot just wide of the right hand post.

The game turned out as expected — a real thriller with the crowd getting behind both teams.

Half time 1-1

Blyth made a sub on the restart, Wrightson coming on for Rivers

Quakers nearly took the lead straight from the restart, when Styche laid the ball off to his right for Thompson to hit a piledriver that Jameson held on to.

Thompson went close again on 51 minutes. He ran from the half way line and played the ball out to Styche, who returned it back into the middle for him to strike a right foot shot that went just over the top.

Blyth tried their luck with a low shot by Holmes from out on the left that Maddison saved low down.

Quakers were again denied by the woodwork on 59 minutes when Styche turned 25 yards out, ran forward and hit a right foot shot that beat Jameson but came back off the foot of the post.

Jameson again pulled off a good save a minute later, this time going down to his left to hold a shot by Thompson. It was all Quakers at this point.

Quakers had a goal disallowed on 68 minutes when Elliott tried to shoot from the edge of the box, the ball was going well wide until it deflected off Styche and went in, but the ref disallowed it, presumably for handball.

Quakers had their best chance of the half on 70 minutes when Styche nodded down a right wing cross by Trotman for Elliott, ten yards out, but his shot was blocked.

Agonisingly, Quakers went clsoe again on 74 minutes. Thompson charged into the box on the right, and fired powerfully across the face of goal.

Quakers made a sub on 75 minutes, Henshall coming off for David Syers.

And another chance came along on 77 minutes, Thompson crossed perfectly for Ainge, but he headed straight at Maddison, then Thompson broke again and forced Maddison into a good save.

Sub David Syers then picked the ball up from Styche 30 yards out and drove a right foot shot wide.

But Blyth nearly won it when Wrightson skipped in from the right, and with the goal at his mercy, pulled his shot wide.

Quakers will look back and wonder how they didn’t win the game after dominating most of it.

Full time 1-1




Darlington are unchanged from the team that started against Brackley.

Maddison, Trotman, Collins, Burn, Galbraith, Henshall, Wheatley, Elliott, Thompson; Styche, Ainge

Subs: O’Hanlon, Nicholson, Hughes, Saunders, Syers


Blyth: Jameson, Nicholson, Watson, Green, Buddle, Cunningham, Rivers, Reid, Maguire, Holmes (sub Wrightson 46), Oliver

Subs: Ardelean, Skirpan, Butler, Horner