Match 42
24th March 1969
ECFC v Darlington

Monday, 24th March, 1969
Football League
Darlington (home),
Won 2-0

This was not the best game seen at St. James Park this season but it was one of our best wins. There is no doubt that the speed and determination with which we set about the opposition at the start shook them off their game, and a usually steady rearguard was given plenty to think about. Darlington could not have expected such treatment from a side placed so near the foot of the table.
Fred Binney was prominent once again and it was he who set up the first goal which was netted by David Pleat after 14 minutes.
Darlington took a long time to get to grips with the situation, and when they did eventually get into their stride their finishing was so poor that they seldom bothered Peter Shearing.
After a shaky spell immediately be fore the interval we got cracking again after the restart, and during a spell when we were really on top and putting the highly respected Darlington rearguard in a turmoil, Dermot Curtis showed all his old skill in skilfully steering a shot out of their goalkeeper's reach for our second goal.

Shearing; Smyth, Blain; Parker (Mitten), Newman, Balson; Pleat. Binney, Wingate, Curtis, Whatling.


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