Darlington keep their unbeaten run going

The Quakers remain fourth in Evo-Stik North, having extended their unbeaten run to 11 games with victory at Kendal Town

Martin Gray
Martin Gray

Martin Gray says Darlington 1883 are relishing the challenge of sustaining their promotion challenge.

The Quakers remain fourth in Evo-Stik North, having extended their unbeaten run to 11 games with victory at Kendal Town.

Saturday also saw their eighth straight away win in succession.

Their next two matches are both at home, to third-placed Curzon Ashton and Lancaster City, who stand sixth.

Gray is looking forward to pittintg his wits against two of Darlington’s play-off rivals.

He said: “Overall, it was a very good game to win.

“Now we can look forward to two games against the other promotion challengers in the next two Saturdays.”

On Saturday gone, having overcome driving rain and gale-force winds, Darlington had to recover from going behind to a 16th-minute Warren Beattie penalty after Joe Tait handled.

However, Amar Purewal’s 16th goal of the season levelled matters and Stephen Thompson’s 18th put his side in front.

A Dale Hopson double and Jordan Robinson’s first goal for the club made the points safe.

Gray added: “The conditions were terrible, but I thought the players coped very well with them, especially in the first half when they were playing into the wind and the rain.

“I thought Rob Ramshaw had an excellent debut for us, he ran the midfield and controlled the game, and Dale Hopson scored two very good goals, which he’s well capable of after coming on as sub.

“Jordan Robinson took his goal really well, I’m sure he’ll always remember his first goal for the club.

“That was probably the moment when we took full control.”

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