Quakers strengthen place in play-offs

First published in Match Reports Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy Sports Editor

Darlington 3 Radcliffe Borough 0

A workmanlike performance was enough to secure three points for Darlington as they overcame struggling Radcliffe Borough 3-0 at Heritage Park.

Goals by strikers Nathan Fisher, Ian Ward and David Dowson gave Quakers a victory which strengthened their position in the play-off places.
With four games to go they are 11 points ahead of sixth, though Curzon Ashton effectively sealed the title today when they beat Prescot Cables and a win at Harrogate RA on Monday will secure first position.

Darlington are striving to finish second, though Martin Gray’s team was not at its best today while the lowly visitors wasted good chances to cause an upset.

Radcliffe had the ball in the net on 14 minutes, but Brad Robinson’s celebrations were cut short due to an offside flag and then Nathan Fisher’s sixth league goal of the season put Darlington ahead after Stephen Thompson saw a shot blocked.

The goal fired Quakers into life and by the break they led 2-0 with Ian Ward scoring his second goal in as many starts, heading home from a Terry Galbraith corner.

Substitute David Dowson finished the scoring in the 74th minute, lashing home after a Galbraith pass.

Goals: Fisher (19, 1-0); Ward (34, 2-0), Dowson, (74, 3-0)

Bookings: Brown (36, foul); Carden (90, foul); Tait (90, dissent)

Referee: Thomas Rogers (Houghton-le-Spring)

Attendance: 1,040

Darlington: Bell; Tait, Hunter, Galbraith; Walker, Scott, Brown, A Mitchell (Hopson 66); Thompson; Fisher (Dowson 61), Ward (Purewal 46). Subs (not used): Jameson (gk), White

Radcliffe Borough: Cheetham, Lafferty, Grimshaw, Ayers, Mullineux, Lambert, Sherlock (Landregan 55), White (Carden 55), Burey, Robinson (Manning 80), Rokka. Subs (not used): Thompson, Matupe-Ojo

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10:22pm Sat 5 Apr 14

behonest says...

MG needs to field a strong side next Saturday against Padiham to make sure of 3 points and the play-offs. He can then rest players and not be too concerned about the last couple of games, prior to putting out the strongest team possible in the play-offs. Come on Darlo!
Thommo didn't play too badly today, but I'm just concerned that when it comes to the pressure of the play-offs he won't be able to handle it. I hope I'm wrong.
MG needs to field a strong side next Saturday against Padiham to make sure of 3 points and the play-offs. He can then rest players and not be too concerned about the last couple of games, prior to putting out the strongest team possible in the play-offs. Come on Darlo! Thommo didn't play too badly today, but I'm just concerned that when it comes to the pressure of the play-offs he won't be able to handle it. I hope I'm wrong. behonest
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10:47pm Sat 5 Apr 14

quakerdile says...

Nothwithstanding the importance for us to be promoted through the 'playoff system', I am concerned at the flamboyant style in which Curzon Ashton have dominated this league, with the Quakers very much 'second fiddle!'

We need to financially structure our Club, in order to sign the standard of player that will ensure a more direct and positive campaign in our quest to
shed the 'non league' stigma. The population of Darlington warrants a permanent Football League status Football Club!
Nothwithstanding the importance for us to be promoted through the 'playoff system', I am concerned at the flamboyant style in which Curzon Ashton have dominated this league, with the Quakers very much 'second fiddle!' We need to financially structure our Club, in order to sign the standard of player that will ensure a more direct and positive campaign in our quest to shed the 'non league' stigma. The population of Darlington warrants a permanent Football League status Football Club! quakerdile
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11:41pm Sat 5 Apr 14

mike8138 says...

The trouble started at the end of last term when we underestimated the strength of this league. The standard is much higher than the Northern League...
Playoffs tend to be a bit of a lottery and so we need to cross everything in the hope that we can win the extra two games
The trouble started at the end of last term when we underestimated the strength of this league. The standard is much higher than the Northern League... Playoffs tend to be a bit of a lottery and so we need to cross everything in the hope that we can win the extra two games mike8138
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6:01am Sun 6 Apr 14

Topcat28 says...

I think it's a tremendous achievement to be where we are at in the league, regardless of the level it's a big ask to get consecutive promotion and the lads have done a great job.
I think the addition of ward is something that we have need for a while and looks like a great signing, the additions to the squad over the last month have both srenthened and taken the pressure from other key players.
I think it's a tremendous achievement to be where we are at in the league, regardless of the level it's a big ask to get consecutive promotion and the lads have done a great job. I think the addition of ward is something that we have need for a while and looks like a great signing, the additions to the squad over the last month have both srenthened and taken the pressure from other key players. Topcat28
  • Score: 4

6:03am Sun 6 Apr 14

Topcat28 says...

Topcat28 wrote:
I think it's a tremendous achievement to be where we are at in the league, regardless of the level it's a big ask to get consecutive promotion and the lads have done a great job.
I think the addition of ward is something that we have need for a while and looks like a great signing, the additions to the squad over the last month have both srenthened and taken the pressure from other key players.
On my phone apologies for the spelling and grammar.
[quote][p][bold]Topcat28[/bold] wrote: I think it's a tremendous achievement to be where we are at in the league, regardless of the level it's a big ask to get consecutive promotion and the lads have done a great job. I think the addition of ward is something that we have need for a while and looks like a great signing, the additions to the squad over the last month have both srenthened and taken the pressure from other key players.[/p][/quote]On my phone apologies for the spelling and grammar. Topcat28
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12:03pm Sun 6 Apr 14

60 years a Darlo Fan says...

Another good three points and very well earned. Get behind the team and support them, fans need to put in the effort to match the commitment of the players. How many people could work a 12 hour nightshift, finishing at 11-00am on the morning of a big 3-00pm kick off. Then play the full 90 minutes, which is what one of those lads did for this game. I say very well done, and I for one totally appreciate that effort and commitment.
Another good three points and very well earned. Get behind the team and support them, fans need to put in the effort to match the commitment of the players. How many people could work a 12 hour nightshift, finishing at 11-00am on the morning of a big 3-00pm kick off. Then play the full 90 minutes, which is what one of those lads did for this game. I say very well done, and I for one totally appreciate that effort and commitment. 60 years a Darlo Fan
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