Boss Gray vows to get tough

RACE FOR THE BALL: Darlington’s David Dowson challenges the Newton Aycliffe keeper during the Northern League clash last Saturday

RACE FOR THE BALL: Darlington’s David Dowson challenges the Newton Aycliffe keeper during the Northern League clash last Saturday

First published in Sport

MARTIN GRAY has vowed to get tough on his Darlington players after Quakers lost their fourth game of the season on Saturday.

Two goals from Danny Earl earned Newton Aycliffe a 2-1 victory that ended in drama thanks to an 88th minute penalty save by keeper Scott Pocklington.

Quakers have conceded 25 goals in 23 games and the manner in which they gave goals away on Saturday meant they had only themselves to blame.

As in the defeat at Team Northumbria fortnight ago, Aycliffe soaked up the pressure and hit Darlington on the break.

Both Earl goals saw him latch on to long balls, the first on the half hour seeing him shrug off Stephen Harrison before slotting past Jack Norton.

He did it again before halftime, this time evading Gary Brown before executing a sublime chip.

Gray’s team have not kept a clean sheet in 14 league matches and he’s had enough of it.

He said: “We got done on the break and it wasn’t good enough so things are going to change from now. The players have been told.

“We’ve got to get back to being solid, getting clean sheets and winning games that way.”

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