Match Report – Non-League Paper – 07/04/2024


STAR MAN: Cedric Main (Darlington) ENTERTAINMENT: ★★

Apr 7, 2024

TWO early goals paved the way for another crucial victory in Darlington’s fight for survival.Southport’s place is still not secure either.Darlington made the perfect start and were 2-0 ahead inside the first ten minutes.The first was a goal from nowhere, striker Cedric Main twisting on the edge of the area before finding the bottom corner of the net.And then came a goal owing much to the blustery conditions, Matty Cornish’s corner curling into net after deceiving goalkeeper Chris Renshaw.Renshaw redeemed himself by palming wide an Aidan Rutledge effort frominside the area, and Quakers had Southport on the ropes.But the game became scrappy, and shortly before half-time the visitors’ Danny Lloyd was not far wide with a 25-yarder and Danny Philliskirk was not far from the target with an effort from similar range.Quakers improved early in the second half. Right-back Ben Hedley, with only one goal to his name in over 150 Darlington appearances, almost had a second when he let fly from distance, his left-footed drive being pushed away.Quakers goalkeeper Matty Young, on loan from Sunderland, was called on to make an acrobatic save to push over a Lloyd free-kick.