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Reds dumped at Darlo

The Harriers came back from Darlington's Feethams ground for the last time without the points after taking a 1-0 lead just after half time with a goal from Bomber Bo.

The next time we go there Darlo will be playing in their brand new state of the art 25,000 seater stadium with 2,500 fans rattling around in it.  Memories of Gateshead spring to mind.

We started the game with a welcome return for Adie Smith and Lee Ayres banished to the bench.  Sean Parrish started in place of Dean Bennett.

Danny Williams The first 15 minutes of the game was a drab affair with neither side producing anything worthwhile until Bo Henriksen drove a low 25yd effort straight into the hands of keeper Collett.  Three minutes later the visitors produced a better effort as Danny Williams powerful free kick was tipped over the bar by Collett.

It was the away side that were doing all the work and Darlo were looking totally ineffective with just a lone striker up front in Offiong.

On 26 minutes another Williams freekick from just outside the area flew over the bar.  Then another Henriksen effort was blocked on the line after a good ball from Hinton was sent into the area on 33 minutes.

The Reds continued to look the better team and Andy Bishop was unlucky not to score five minutes before the interval.  He went on a 30yd solo run into the Darlington penalty area but his final shot was weak and went wide of the target.

Three minutes before half time the home side woke up and had their first shot on goal when Hodgson's shot from 20yds out went wide.

Darlington left the field to boos from their own fans after their poor showing.

HT. 0 - 0

Darlington made a change to their forward line at half time when they moved Clarke into the attack alongside Offiong.  Just after the Harriers took the lead.

Kenny Coleman whipped in a low cross into the path of Henriksen.  The Dane flicked the ball over his shoulder and into the corner of the net from 12yds out to break the deadlock.

After that, instead of us putting more pressure on Darlington, it was the hosts that started to apply the pressure.  Matt Clarke, normally a defender, went on to equalise ten minutes later after poor defending from the Harriers allowed him to head home a Hodgson corner at the far post.

The Harriers sent on Bennett and Ayres in place of Shilton and Melligan and within seconds Bo saw his 20yd shot on the turn go just wide of the Darlington left hand post.

Sean Flynn On 75 minutes Sean Flynn fired wide from close range after Sean Parrish had misfired a shot into the packed area and it was looking as if it would be the Harriers who would be getting the next goal.

We brought on Ian Foster for Bishop on 77 minutes and Darlington replaced Pearson with Ian Clark a minute later but it was all over a few minutes later.

With seven minutes remaining Lee Ayres failed to clear a loose ball inside our penalty area.  The ball was sent back into the area and Matt Clarke was there ready to send a thunderous volley past Stuart Brock for his second goal of the game.

This defeat dropped us one more place down the table to 13th and gave Darlington their first home win since last November.  A win that wasn't really deserved.

FT. 2 - 1

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Darlington  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Collett     Brock  
Pearson     Coleman  
Whitehead     Smith  
Valentine     Williams  
Liddle     Hinton  
Betts     Melligan  
Clarke     Parrish  
Keltie   Flynn  
Nicholls     Bishop  
Hodgson     Henriksen  
Offiong     Shilton  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Porter     Danby  
Clark     Ayres
Campbell     Hodge  
Sheeran     Bennett  
Maddison     Foster  

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