Con­fi­dent Quak­ers fail to break through

Sunday Sun - - Football -

AL­FRE­TON DAR­LING­TON 0 0

DAR­LING­TON picked up a good point at the Im­pact Arena – but they could so eas­ily have come home with all three.

The game was fairly even in the first half, but af­ter the break, it was al­most one-way traf­fic to­wards the Al­fre­ton goal, but Quak­ers couldn’t break through.

On the other hand, it was their sec­ond suc­ces­sive clean sheet, and that was down to an ex­cel­lent per­for­mance by their trio of cen­tre halves of Terry Gal­braith, Si­mon Ainge and Will Smith.

There weren’t many chances in the first half.

For­mer Dar­ling­ton striker Reece Sty­che had a good chance for Al­fre­ton af­ter 10 min­utes but he side­footed straight at Dar­ling­ton keeper Jonny Mad­di­son, while at the other end Si­mon Ainge headed a Terry Gal­braith free kick into the side net­ting.

Mad­di­son also punched away a free kick by Jor­dan Sin­nott to­wards half time, but he wasn’t trou­bled in the sec­ond half as Quak­ers took com­mand.

Quak­ers nearly took the lead on 51 min­utes when Jor­dan Ni­chol­son split the de­fence for Stephen Thomp­son to burst through, but he pulled his shot across the face of goal.

Five min­utes later, Al­fre­ton keeper Sam Rams­bot­tom pulled off a good div­ing save from Joe Wheat­ley’s 25 yarder af­ter he was set up by Wil­liams Kokolo.

Thomp­son was un­lucky again on 70 min­utes with a fierce shot that Rams­bot­tom could only parry, and Har­vey Saun­ders just failed to reach the re­bound.

Ni­chol­son then made a great run from well in­side his own half and split the de­fence for Saun­ders, who had a shot charged down by Rams­bot­tom.

Thomp­son then showed a mo­ment of bril­liance when he in­stantly con­trolled a long ball and from the edge of the box hit an­other ef­fort that Rams­bot­tom blocked.

And in the last minute, with Al­fre­ton rock­ing, Ni­chol­son played a one-two with Luke Trot­man and curled a left foot shot just wide of the post. Dar­ling­ton: Mad­di­son, Trot­man, Kokolo (sub Hen­shall 75), Smith, Ainge, Gal­braith, El­liott, Wheat­ley, Saun­ders, Thomp­son, Ni­chol­son. Subs: O’han­lon,hall, Glover, Burn

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