Football / Sport

Quakers on the long road back


Having gone through periods of turmoil in recent years, Darlington (1883) are now in their own words ‘starting the long road back’.

After gaining promotion last season, the Quakers find themselves in the Evostik League Premier Division (to non-league followers, it would take a further three promotions to reach the Football League)

The season so far has been going at a steady pace, although three recent straight home games isn’t something manager Martin Gray would be amused at.

Currently in 5th position, they’ve managed to gain 23 points in the 13 league games (at time of press) they’ve played, with 7 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses to their name.

Main goalscorers Graeme Armstrong and Nathan Cartman have been in good form, scoring five apiece, with Alan White’s tally one behind.

Armstrong’s form is particularly surprising given he spent the Summer recuperating after surgery to repair a split pancreas during the play-off final.

Their squad has also been a solid one when it comes to starting, with six players being able to boast about starting every one so far.

There has however been incidents to forget already, particular a double sucker punch from Hyde United, losing to them in the FA Cup qualifying rounds 3 – 1 only to lose to them in the league 3 – 2 in the same week.

Alan White has also been at the centre of controversy, having been sanctioned by the FA and also gaining a fine for the club after a sending off during their match against Marine. He has since apologised for his actions.

All in all, after a great start to the season, they’re starting to falter and letting previous losses get to them easily. Their goal difference appears to be a decent one at +10, however breaking it down reveals 25 goals scored and 15 conceded, proving work at the back still needs to be done.

However 13 games into the season there’s still a long way to April and their season closer away at Rushall Olympic, meaning there’s plenty of time for Darlington to get back on their feet and return to winning ways and firmly secure their place at least in the play-offs, or even promotion to the Conference North.





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