Billingham 0-3 Darlington

by Scott Thornberry - 15th July 2009

billingham 0-3 darlington

We made quite a slow start to the match which is fair considering its the lads first time playing a competitive match together.

Lumsdon was a rock at the heart of the midfield cutting balls out left right and center whilst remaining comfortable on the ball.

Convery made a few neat runs beating his man down the right hand side on more than one occasion.

A cross from the right hand side gifted us our first goal as 40 year old Dean Windass picked up his old legs to give us the lead with a marvellous overhead kick.

Match Report by QuakerSam

Darlington Line-up...  Knight, James, Plummer, Miller, Starosta, J Smith, G Smith, Lumsdon, Convery, Windass, Thorpe

Subs...Liversedge, Groves, Bennett, Gray, Riley

We made quite a slow start to the match which is fair considering its the lads first time playing a competitive match together.

Lumsdon was a rock at the heart of the midfield cutting balls out left right and center whilst remaining comfortable on the ball.

Convery made a few neat runs beating his man down the right hand side on more than one occasion.

A cross from the right hand side gifted us our first goal as 40 year old Dean Windass picked up his old legs to give us the lead with a marvellous overhead kick.

Deano was once again the scorer of Darlo's second goal with a marvellous freekick in to Moody's top left hand corner.

HT 0-2

At the interval, Todd made a couple of changes bringing on Josh Gray, James Bennett and Danny Groves. From the outset Josh Gray was full of running down the left hand side creating lots of chances which we failed to capitalize upon.

We began to take control of the match as Billingham became tired and we were passing it around them comfortably. This allowed Bennett and Gary Smith to take control of the midfield allowing Groves and Gray to forage forward at every opportunity, while Thorpey was knocking down balls or running on to through balls in which most were given offside.

Not long after Knight was replaced for Liversedge and Craig James made way for Dan Riley who played on the right wing. Just moments after coming on Riley smacked the ball against the crossbar, going agonizingly close.

Town then had a few chances at the Darlo end, making Liversedge turn out some comfortable saves. As the game was coming to an end, The Quakers got their third.

A ball in from Convery on the left hand side left Thorpe with the goal at his mercy but facing the other way. He managed to quickly turn and finish into the bottom right hand corner.

Full time score Billingham Town 0 Darlington 3

Sam