The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH - By Craig Stod­dart

STEPHEN THOMP­SON’S in­jury-time win­ner gave Dar­ling­ton an im­pres­sive home win against play-off chas­ing Kid­der­min­ster Har­ri­ers.

Tommy Wright’s team climb to 14th with their fourth win in five games as Josh Heaton scored his first goal for the club.

The cen­tre-back net­ted on 11 min­utes af­ter a Phil Turn­bull free-kick into the area. Reece Sty­che won the ball and Heaton had two stabs at it be­fore find­ing the net.

Kid­der­min­ster could not con­vert pos­ses­sion into goals with Darlo goal­keeper Ayns­ley Pears mak­ing some good saves.

Pears, 19, on loan from Mid­dles­brough, was be­hind a Quakers de­fence that also fea­tured Luke Trot­man, 20, Jack Vaulks, 19, and Heaton, 21.

But Kid­der­min­ster were re­warded for pos­ses­sion when Pears missed the flight of the ball in the sun. Joe Iron­side beat him in the air be­fore tap­ping home af­ter the ball hit the post.

A draw looked likely, but Thomp­son ran at the vis­i­tors’ de­fence be­fore drilling un­der the keeper to spark cel­e­bra­tions for the home fans.

STAR MAN: Josh Heaton (Dar­ling­ton) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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