YOUTHFUL QUAKERS NICK IT
DARLINGTON 2 KIDDERMINSTER H 1
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: ★★★★★