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Shotton Colliery 1–2 Darlington Town

Thunder, lightning and rain fails to dampen intense clash in County Durham

A decent view of proceedings from behind the goal

Shotton Colliery slipped to a narrow 2–1 home defeat to Darlington Town on what turned out to be a wet and stormy night in East Durham.

Heading into this one, both sides were in the top six after making positive starts to the season, and the match lived up to expectations.

A crowd of 70 made the trip to the Shotton Colliery Rec for this one, and it was the visitors who looked the stronger in the opening exchanges.

The first real chance of the match was as it turned out the opening goal — and it was an absolute beauty.

James Beauchamp picked up the ball 25 yards out and curled an effort in as far to the top corner as was seemingly possible. It was the kind of goal that when you concede it, you’ve simply got to sit back and say ‘fair play’.

Shotton would have felt hard done by, but in all honesty, the remainder of the half was scrappy and an example of two teams still trying to feel each other out.

It looked as though the half was teetering towards a relatively quiet conclusion, that was until Darlington keeper Philip Pentony received his marching orders for handling the ball out of the penalty area — the resulting freekick was palmed away superbly by the Darlo backup keeper.

The lineups at The Rec

The second half began, as did the rain, thunder, and lightning. This made for some tough conditions throughout, but not before Darlington doubled their lead.

Beauchamp went through on goal and was brought down by Shotton keeper Max Rundle. Beauchamp picked himself up and slotted the ball home from 12 yards out.

The 10 men of Darlington were now firmly in control, but the man advantage did give the hosts plenty more time on the ball — whether or not they were able to create chances with this would be another matter.

The chances did come, and Jamie Bennett started to make things happen down the left-hand side, unfortunately, his crosses into the box were not met with any conviction by anyone in the penalty box.

The hosts kept up the intensity, but it was proving difficult to break down a Darlington side that had now closed ranks to protect their 2–0 lead.

To their credit, they defended very well and with Shotton missing that clinical edge, it felt as though the visitors would be heading back down the A19 with all three points.

After the rain arrived

In the dying moments, the hosts did get the goal that their efforts deserved when Matthew Johnson got the crucial touch on a ball into the box and finished at close range.

It was too little too late, unfortunately, and Shotton slipped to their third defeat of the season whilst the hosts claimed the win that moved them to third in the Wearside League Division One.

This was my first trip to the Rec this season, and it was a welcome reminder of how much fantastic work has been put into the club and ground by a passionate group of volunteers.

Shotton are going through a sticky patch, yet the season is still young and a win over Shildon, who visit the Rec on Saturday, could see the Yakkas move up to fourth.

Local non-league football is proper football, and for just £3 you get a top afternoon/ evening out at Shotton Colliery FC watching players playing with their hearts on their sleeves.



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Patrick Hollis

Patrick Hollis


I am a journalist with an honours degree from Coventry University. I’m a published author and journalist with several years experience