Jonny on the spot as Quak­ers take an away point

Sunday Sun - - Football -


DAR­LING­TON came away from Haig Av­enue with a point thanks to a su­perb per­for­mance by keeper Jonny Mad­di­son.

The for­mer Sun­der­land youth player saved a penalty and pulled off sev­eral other good saves as he kept his sec­ond suc­ces­sive clean sheet.

South­port nearly took the lead on 11 min­utes, but Bradley Bau­ress hit the post with a left foot shot from the edge of the box, then Mad­di­son saved well at close range from Dav­ern Green.

But Quak­ers re­sponded when Stephen Thomp­son set up Jor­dan Nicholson, and his curl­ing left foot shot was saved by South­port keeper Daniel Han­ford.

Af­ter Dion Charles had an ef­fort blocked by Jonny Burn on the Quak­ers’ line, the vis­i­tors had a good spell lead­ing up to half time. Teenager Mitchell Glover, who was a late stand in for the in­jured David Sy­ers, volleyed just over the bar, then Han­ford made an ex­cel­lent one handed save from a Reece Sty­che header.

Liam Hughes, who had an ex­cel­lent game again at cen­tre half, then headed a Glover free kick into the side net­ting from a tight an­gle.

Quak­ers had a loud ap­peal for a penalty on 50 min­utes when Thomp­son played the ball for­ward quickly to Nicholson who seemed to be brought down, but ref­eree Scott Simp­son waved play on.

But South­port re­sponded at the other end when Green turned in a scram­ble and had a shot cleared off the line by Glover.

South­port were awarded a penalty on 56 min­utes when Dar­ling­ton de­fender Burn was ad­judged to have pulled down Jake Samp­son as they went for a free kick, and the ref­eree pointed to the spot. But Mad­di­son pulled off a mag­nif­i­cent save, div­ing to his left to keep out Bau­ress’ spot kick.

The keeper than made an­other good stop, touch­ing an an­gled drive from Green around the post and he saved his side again a few min­utes later, block­ing Ja­son Gilchrist’s close range ef­fort.

For­mer Dar­ling­ton full back Jor­dan Richards then nearly scored, with a 25 yard free kick that struck the an­gle of post and cross­bar.

Quak­ers had a late chance when Sty­che chased a through ball into the box and tried to lift the ball over Han­ford, but the keeper saved.

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