Ossett Town 0 – 2 Darlington
The Quakers ended a run of six games without a win today, as they comfortably saw off a tricky trip to Ossett Town. Amar Purewal returned to the side from injury and had a hand in both goals, scoring the first before setting up Graeme Armstrong for the second.
After drawing at Radcliffe Borough on Tuesday night, Martin Gray made three changes to his starting line-up, with Purewal, Alan White and Jordan Robinson returning to the side.
The Quakers were very good in the first half and it was the returning Purewal who showed why he has been missed in recent weeks. The opening goal came on the half hour mark, with Purewal latching onto a poor back pass from Ossett, before finishing well passed the home keeper. He would then turn provider for his strike partner just a minute later, as top scorer Armstrong burst clear of the defence, following a lay off by Purewal, before slotting into the bottom corner of the net.
The 2-0 half time lead was well deserved with Ossett rarely testing Darlo goalkeeper Pete Jameson and when he was tested the saves were comfortable. Darlington had other chances to score during the first half, with Armstrong twice going close with his head, as well as close efforts from Thompson and Mitchell.
The second half continued in the same vain, however Darlington did have a scare when Jameson handled a back pass. An indirect free kick was awarded to Ossett in the box, but they were unable to take advantage, as they made a meal of an attempted quick free kick.
The Quakers continued to dominate the game without creating many clear chances on goal, again Jameson was never fully tested and what he had to do he did well.
At the other end of the pitch Darlo’s best effort was a free kick from Adam Mitchell which the keeper only just got to. Liam Hatch and Nathan Fisher both came on in the second half, Hatch had a couple of sights of goal, once with a volley, the other occasion with a shot from the edge of the box.
Adam Cocks also came on in midfield and did not look out of place, with the youngster showing some good touches as the game petered out.
Despite not being able to add to the two first half goals, Darlington will come away more than happy with the result and performance against a tough side.
At the back we looked much stronger with White and Chris Hunter in the middle of defence and Leon Scott also had a better game at left back than his last two performances. Thommo was improved on his recent displays and linked up well on multiple occasions with the strikers.
It was however Amar Purewal’s day, he showed today how important a role he has in the team. Hopefully he can remain fully fit, as he offers support up front to Armstrong which we have badly been lacking in recent games.
Two other pieces of good news have come out from today’s game as well. At half time David Dowson was on the pitch doing some light running, which is hopefully a sign that he is nearly ready to be back in the squad. Also in a post match interview, Gray confirmed a new signing would be completed by the club tomorrow.
The victory see’s us move up to sixth in the table, however we have played one game more than most of the divisions sides. We have two home games this week at Heritage Park, first on Wednesday we host Harrogate RA, before Padiham visit next weekend.