A look at some of the statistics that emerged from Darlington’s win in the third round of the FA Trophy on Saturday against AFC Telford United.
The only two games Darlington have drawn this season have gone to penalty shoot-outs; both have been in cup games – Quakers began the season by Prescot Cables in the FA Cup after a shoot-out (the game ended 2-2).
Until this season Darlington had lost six penalty shoot-outs in a row, a run that began in 2004-05 when losing a Football League Trophy tie at Mansfield Town. It also included defeats to Reading (League Cup), Rochdale (L2 play-offs), Rotherham United (FLT), Buxton (FA Trophy) and Whitby Town (Doodson Sport Cup).
Exactly half of Quakers’ 14 fixtures this season have been in cup games: FA Cup 5, FA Trophy 2, National League North 7.
A total of 28.5 per cent of all of Alun Armstrong’s 56 matches as Darlington manager have been in cup competitions.
Will Hatfield’s goal was his fifth for the club and his first at Blackwell Meadows. Solihull Moors, Guiseley, Kidderminster Harriers and AFC Telford United.
The match was AFC Telford United’s seventh at Blackwell Meadows, no team has provided the opposition more often at the venue. Second is Bradford Park Avenue with six visits.
Adam Campbell came off the bench for only the second time as a Darlington player in 54 appearances. The previous occasion was the 3-0 home defeat to Guiseley in February.
The match marked Omar Holness’ 50th appearance for the club. His record reads: 26 wins, 9 draws and 15 losses with seven goals scored.