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More away day blues as Quakers lose again.

DARLINGTON are still without an away win this season after they were beaten at the Jubilee Stadium, their fourth away defeat of the season, writes RAY SIMPSON.

Quakers almost took the lead in the first minute, Terry Galbraith heading just wide from a Jarrett Rivers corner, and then Stephen Thompson drove a free-kick from the edge of the box into the Gloucester defensive wall.

The hosts came more into the game after a slow start, and midfielder Joe Hanks put a 30-yard shot just wide of Chris Elliott's post, then Joe Parker put another effort just wide.

Gloucester took the lead on 22 minutes when the powerful Hanks controlled the ball in midfield and then charged past two men into the area before firing past Elliott.

Hanks nearly added another when he lobbed the ball over Elliott, but Omar Holness cleared.

Quakers levelled on 29 minutes when Holness crossed from the right for Stephen Thompson to drive powerfully towards goal, and when keeper Josh Bradley-Hurst spilled the ball, Adam Campbell was lurking to tap the ball home.

The home side nearly regained the lead before half-time with a low shot by Sam Avery that Elliott saved well at the foot of his post.

In the second half, Quakers nearly regained the lead when Rivers made a great run up the left to the byline and set up Campbell, but a defender just managed to intercept.

Rivers continued to cause chaos up the left, and twice went close before Gloucester broke out and scored the winner.

Vince Harper made a good run upfield, and the ball ran loose for Hanks to strike a right-foot shot that took a deflection on its way past a stranded Elliott in the Darlington goal.

In the closing minutes, Rivers had another shot saved, and sub Lucas Bell forced a good save out of the keeper.

DARLINGTON: Elliott, Holness, Watson, Wheatley (Morrison 77), Laing, Galbraith, Rivers, Hatfield, Campbell, Thompson (Bell 88), O'Neill (Hedley 46) Subs: Stansfield, Heaton GLOUCESTER CITY 2 DARLINGTON 1

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Publication:Sunday Sun (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Sep 8, 2019
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