Stay-away fans miss a stunner by Thompson

3:12pm Friday 29th November 2013

STEPHEN Thompson’s stunning long-range free-kick in the tenth minute against Ossett Town became the 200th Darlington goal since the beginning of last season as Quakers resurgence continued, writes Craig Stoddart.

The landmark goal in another high-scoring victory was the highlight of a comfortable 4-1 win against the visitors that saw Terry Galbraith continue his own return to form.

The 868 fans who attended Heritage Park were rewarded with a one-way first half in which Darlington took a 3-0 lead.

Two goals inside three minutes on the half hour effectively killed the game as a contest, the first from Galbraith with a deflected free-kick, awarded after Bruno Pilatos was bodychecked by Chris Fisher.

Galbraith had a hand in the third goal too, his run to the byline ending in a cross to the far post, where Jonny Davis rammed home his third of the season.

Slack defending, however, allowed the visitors to pull a goal back through Callum Ward. But having thrown away a 3-0 lead not long ago against Buxton, nobody of a Quakers persuasion was being complacent, so a sigh of relief greeted Amar Purewal’s header in the closing stages.

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