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Martin Gray insists he was "more than happy" with Darlington 1883's FA Trophy draw at Buxton on Saturday

Martin Gray
Martin Gray

Martin Gray insists he was "more than happy" with Darlington 1883’s FA Trophy draw at Buxton on Saturday.

Accentuating the positive, he preferred to overlook a string of missed chances.

After all, he said, no one made enough of the Quakers’ recent 7-0 and 6-1 wins over Ossetts Albion and Town, respectively.

Gray said: “I was more than happy with the performance. We forced 14 corners and hit the bar twice.

“We might have only scored once, but I would like to look at all the positive things that came out of the performance.

“I don’t need anyone to tell me about the missed chances – it’s only a fortnight ago we scored a six and a seven and nobody asked me about it then!” Indeed, only an added-time penalty save by Buxton goalkeeper Andy Warrington denied Darlington a place in the second qualifying round of a competition they won just two years ago.

The Quakers suffered a pre-match blow when Amar Purewal succumbed to injury, and Chris Moore to illness.

However, after Alan White saw an effort cleared off the line, they led on the hour-mark through Stephen Thompson, who beat two defenders to cut inside from the right flank and guide a left-foot strike into the top corner of the net.

Nine minutes later, however, Buxton levelled when Matt Thornhill headed in Grant Black’s cross.

David Dowson then struck an upright, and when Thompson was tripped in the box, Warrington saved his resulting penalty and Dowson’s follow up, leaving the Quakers to replay the tie at Heritage Park on Wednesday.

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