HAT-TRICK HERO MAKES HIS MARK FOR QUAKERS
The Non-League Football Paper
By Craig Stoddart
A MARK BECK hat-trick saw Darlington overcome ten-man Southport, but Quakers made hard work against an off-form side. In an explosive start, there were three goals and a red card in the first 13 minutes, with Southport taking a sixth-minute lead through Niall Watson. He turned in at close-range after a corner, but within a minute of the restart Quakers were awarded a penalty when Michael Carberry felled Kaine Felix. Left-back Carberry was red-carded and Beck scored the penalty, but Southport were soon back ahead. They made the most of woeful Darlington defending, and a cross from the right found Tyler Walton whose header hit the post, but he then tucked home the loose ball. Against ten men, Quakers toiled for the rest of the half but only threatened when Tony McMillan saved a Beck header. McMillan, however, was unable to stop Beck ten minutes after the restart when the striker headed home a Jack Lambert cross. Playmaker Lambert again shone for Quakers, and it was his fierce shot that led to Beck’s hat-trick goal. McMillan could only parry Lambert’s drive, and Beck was on hand to head home, putting him on nine goals for the season and complete Quakers’ turnaround.
STAR MAN: Mark Beck (Darlington)