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Boston United
Darlington
Full time
K Elliott (58'), B Jackson (60')
Sat 13 Apr 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - Vanarama National League North Attendance 1,035

Boston United 0-2 Darlington

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Darlington struck twice in the second half to leave Boston United empty-handed in their penultimate home fixture of the season on Saturday afternoon.

United had shaded the first period at The Jakemans Stadium but fell behind to substitute Kit Elliott's strike on 58 minutes.

Elliott's fellow Huddersfield Town loanee Ben Jackson struck Darlington's second from distance two minutes later to seal victory for Tommy Wright's visitors.

United had been hampered by the absence of five players ahead of kick-off, with injury victims Ryan Cresswell, Nicky Walker and Gavin Allott being joined on the sidelines by ill strike duo Tom Clare and Jordan Slew.

Andre Johnson was handed his first start since August in a new-look attack alongside Jay Rollins.

United keeper George Willis made two good saves midway through the first half to deny Jordan Nicholson, while Johnson lashed an effort off target for the Pilgrims.

The Pilgrims’ best chances arrived at the end of the first half with Jake Turner denying Rollins, before Jonathan Wafula saw his rebound blocked on the line by Terry Galbraith.

Ben Middleton headed off target from a Ben Davies corner at the start of the second half, while Willis produced a flying save to keep out Stephen Thompson’s header.

Darlington seized control when ELLIOTT curled a fine effort into the far corner of Willis’ net from 18 yards and they doubled their lead within 120 seconds when JACKSON took aim from 25 yards and duly blasted home.

Willis made a late save to deny Harvey Saunders, one of three substitutes who had been introduced at half-time by the Quakers, as Darlington wrapped up a comfortable away win.

Boston (4-4-2): George Willis; Ben Davies (Ashley Jackson 82), Ryan Qualter, Ben Middleton, George Smith; Max Wright, Brad Abbott (Cameron Hawkes 78), Andi Thanoj, Jonathan Wafula; Andre Johnson (Nicky Wroe 68), Jay Rollins. Sub (not used): Dylan Parkin (gk).

Darlington (4-3-3): Jake Turner; Luke Trotman, Simon Ainge, Terry Galbraith, Ben Jackson; Romal Palmer, Tom Elliott (Harvey Saunders 46), Omar Holness; Alex Henshall (Wilson Kneeshaw 46), Stephen Thompson, Jordan Nicholson (Kit Elliott 46). Subs (not used): Jonny Burn, Osagi Bascome.

Referee: James Bell.

Attendance: 1,035 (129 visitors).

Max Wright

Player of the Match

Max Wright

Key moments

58:00
Goal Kit Elliott scores for Darlington
60:00
Goal Ben Jackson scores for Darlington

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Max Wright is awarded player of the match for Boston United
82:00 Sub On
Ashley Jackson is substituted on for Boston United
82:00 Sub Off
Ben Davies is substituted off for Boston United
78:00 Sub On
Cameron Hawkes is substituted on for Boston United
78:00 Sub Off
Brad Abbott is substituted off for Boston United
68:00 Sub On
Nicky Wroe is substituted on for Boston United
68:00 Sub Off
Andre Johnson is substituted off for Boston United
60:00 Goal 0 - 2
Ben Jackson scores for Darlington
58:00 Goal 0 - 1
Kit Elliott scores for Darlington
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As it happened

  • Boston United
  • Darlington
  • 0
  • Kit Elliott Goal 58:00'
  • Ben Jackson Goal 60:00'
  • Nicky Wroe Sub On 68:00'
  • Andre Johnson Sub Off 68:00'
  • Cameron Hawkes Sub On 78:00'
  • Brad Abbott Sub Off 78:00'
  • Ashley Jackson Sub On 82:00'
  • Ben Davies Sub Off 82:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
9. Chester 42 62
10. Kidderminster Harriers 42 60
11. Boston United 42 58
12. York City 42 58
13. Leamington 42 54
14. Southport 42 53
15. Alfreton Town 42 51

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