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Three Goals – Three Dismissals As Quakers Get Back To Winning Ways

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Three goals and three dismissals made for an entertaining evening at Blackwell Meadows on Wednesday night as Darlington FC ended a run of seven games without a win in the Vanarama National League North with a 3-0 defeat of struggling FC United of Manchester.

It had been a fairly even first half with chances at either end – perhaps FC United coming the closest when Jordan Fagbola`s effort had to be cleared off the line by Liam Marrs.

But the hosts found themselves a man down seconds before half-time when Kevin Burgess was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Scott Kay deemed reckless by the referee.

However, the Quakers` boss Martin Gray acted positively, keeping two strikers on the pitch after going down to ten-men, and 7 minutes into the second half, that paid off when one of those, Nathan Cartman, volleyed past Lloyd Allinson in the FC united goal.

Numbers on the pitch were evened-up just past the hour-mark when Matty Hughes was dismissed for a second booking when bringing down Joe Wheatley in the area, but Terry Galbraith saw his spot-kick saved by Allinson.

Then on 77 minutes, Darlington doubled their lead when David Ferguson picked up the ball 35 yards out, ran past a couple of defenders before slotting the ball underneath Allinson.

The visitors were reduced to nine-men with 5 minutes remaining when Mike Connor received his second booking.

And a couple of minutes later, Wheatley got on the end of a Ferguson cross to make it 3-0 from close range.


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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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