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First Team - Match centre

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Darlington
Boston United
A Jackson (11' OG)
Full time
B Middleton (19' Sent Off), G Willis (85' Sent Off)
Sat 20 Oct 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - Vanarama National League North Attendance 1,860

Darlington 1-0 Boston United

Ashley Jackson's unfortunate own goal proved to be the decisive action as nine-man Boston United slipped to defeat at Darlington on Saturday.

Simon Ainge's 11th minute effort nestled into the net via a combination of post and Jackson as United suffered a third away defeat of the campaign.

Ben Middleton received his marching order eight minutes later while keeper George Willis was red-carded with five minutes to play as United's afternoon ended disappointingly.

There had been little sign of the drama to follow during a quiet opening at Blackwell Meadows.

The match finally ignited when the dangerous Harvey Saunders burst down the left to whip over a cross which Ainge rattled against the post and the ball nestled into the net off the unlucky JACKSON.

United’s afternoon took a further downturn when Middleton flew into a challenge on Jordan Nicholson in the centre circle and duly received his marching orders.

The Pilgrims kept Darlo at arm’s length for the remainder of the half and carved out a trio of chances in the closing stages.

Josh Hine was unable to get enough purchase on a Ben Davies cross to the near post while Jonny Maddison got behind a Gavin Allott drive before tipping Davies’ arrowing free-kick behind for a corner.

United should have levelled four minutes after the break when Allott met Davies’ free-kick but his header dropped agonisingly wide.

Willis saved well to deny Saunders before dashing from his area to upend the same player in the 85th minute and receive United’s second red card of the game.

Sebastian Malkowski emerged from the bench to make his United debut and subsequently made an excellent save to keep out Stephen Thompson’s long-range stinger.

Darlington (3-5-2): Jonny Maddison; Luke Trotman, Liam Hughes, Terry Galbraith; Stephen Thompson (Cialan Banks 90), Tom Elliott, Jordan Nicholson, Joe Wheatley, Alex Henshall (Jonny Burn 54); Simon Ainge, Harvey Saunders (David Syers 90). Subs (not used): Mitchell Glover, Aaron Burn (gk).

Boston (4-4-2): George Willis; Ben Davies, Ryan Qualter, Ben Middleton, Ashley Jackson; Josh Hine (Max Wright 84), Brad Abbott, Andi Thanoj, Nicky Walker; Gregg Smith (Andre Johnson 63, Sebastian Malkowski 87), Gavin Allott. Subs (not used): David Norris, Jordan Slew.

Referee: Paul Brown.

Attendance: 1,345.

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Ashley Jackson

Player of the Match

Ashley Jackson

Key moments

11:00
Own Goal Ashley Jackson scores an own goal
19:00
Red Card Ben Middleton is sent off for Boston United
85:00
Red Card George Willis is sent off for Boston United

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Ashley Jackson is awarded player of the match for Boston United
87:00 Sub Off
Andre Johnson is substituted off for Boston United
87:00 Sub On
Sebastian Malkowski is substituted on for Boston United
85:00 Red Card 1 - 0
George Willis is sent off for Boston United
84:00 Sub On
Max Wright is substituted on for Boston United
84:00 Sub Off
Josh Hine is substituted off for Boston United
74:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Qualter is yellow carded for Boston United
63:00 Sub On
Andre Johnson is substituted on for Boston United
63:00 Sub Off
Gregg Smith is substituted off for Boston United
62:00 Yellow Card
Andi Thanoj is yellow carded for Boston United
End of period 1
19:00 Red Card 1 - 0
Ben Middleton is sent off for Boston United
11:00 Own Goal 1 - 0
Ashley Jackson scores an own goal
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Darlington
  • Boston United
  • 0
  • Ashley Jackson Own Goal 11:00'
  • Ben Middleton Red Card 19:00'
  • Andi Thanoj Yellow Card 62:00'
  • Andre Johnson Sub On 63:00'
  • Gregg Smith Sub Off 63:00'
  • Ryan Qualter Yellow Card 74:00'
  • Max Wright Sub On 84:00'
  • Josh Hine Sub Off 84:00'
  • George Willis Red Card 85:00'
  • Sebastian Malkowski Sub On 87:00'
  • Andre Johnson Sub Off 87:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
6. Kidderminster Harriers 19 33
7. AFC Telford United 20 31
8. Boston United 20 29
9. Blyth Spartans 20 29
10. Brackley Town 20 28
11. Stockport County 19 28
12. Leamington 19 27

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