Darlington win extends unbeaten run to nine

Joe Tait marked his return to Darlington 1883 with a goal in the club’s 2-0 win at Harrogate Railway Athletic

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Joe Tait marked his return to Darlington 1883 with a goal in the club’s 2-0 win at Harrogate Railway Athletic.

Again, though, it was Stephen Thompson who manager Martin Gray was left in praise of after another outstanding display by the former Port Vale striker.

Thompson had worked a 12-hour shift at a ball-bearings factory through Friday night.

After Tait opened the scoring on his return following a spell at Gateshead, Thompson sealed victory with his 17th goal of the season.

Gray said: “Stephen Thompson was fantastic, when you consider he worked a 12-hour nightshift every night last week and didn’t finish until 7.30 on Saturday morning.

“He had a couple of hours sleep, went down to Harrogate and put in a top-quality performance.

“Not many pros would be able to do that.”

The Quakers remain fourth in the table, seven points behind leaders Warrington with a game in hand, having won eight and drawn one of their last nine league games - and are unbeaten in seven away from home.

Gray added: “Overall, I thought we were very comfortable and Joe did well on his return to the club.

“It’s been a great week for the club, what with Joe’s return, this result and the return to the town also going well.”

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