Darlington 1883 5 Blyth Spartans 1: Quakers return to form

The Quakers proved last night that they are a team on the up after a convincing win over Blyth Spartans in the Doodson Sports Cup

Les Hodge Darlington players celebrate
Darlington players celebrate

An upset? Not likely.

Darlington may be Evo-Stik North, Blyth of its Premier.

But the Quakers are a team on the up, and returned to form in some style last night to overcome the Spartans 5-1 and advance to the second round of the Doodson Sports Cup.

They were on top from the off.

On four minutes, successive Stephen Thompson corners were cleared off the line by Marc Lancaster then Conor Grant, before Jonny Davis blazed over.

Seconds later, Grant denied David Dowson and Thompson fired over, then saw a free-kick palmed around the post by the Blyth goalkeeper and another corner hacked off the line by Robbie Dale.

It was quite a start, albeit lacking an end result.

At least it was something; all Blyth could manage in the first half was a weak Arran Wearmouth effort, cleared by Leon Scott. The opening 45 ended as it had begun, Darlington wasteful through Amar Purewal.

But they atoned for their earlier profligacy after the interval.

On 51 minutes, Dowson traded passes with Thompson and thumped a shot over and beyond Grant.

Six minutes later, Amar Purewal struck a blistering half-volley in from a narrow angle.

And on 63 minutes, former Quaker Joe Kendrick prodded inadvertently passed his own goalkeeper.

Blyth did get one back on 75 minutes when Craig Hubbard stabbed in Robbie Dale’s cross from close range. But the home side completed the rout in its closing stages, Thompson setting up Nathan Fisher for a tap in and Lewis Turner firing in Darlington’s fifth.

Darlington: Jameson, Pilatos, White, Hunter, Galbraith, Davis, Edwards, Scott, Thompson, Dowson, Amar Purewal.

Blyth: Grant, Buddle, Arjun Purewal, Kendrick, Lancaster, Hooks, Robinson, Hubbard, Wearmouth, Andrews, Dale.

Referee: Mick McDonough

Attendance: 309

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