Late Johnston goal sees New Hartley complete double over Darlington

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New Hartley Juniors completed the double over second placed Darlington on Saturday with a hard fought 2-1 win.

The Quakers had moved up to second place after defeating Chester-le-Street in midweek but found Hartley a tougher task.

Darlington opened the scoring on ten minutes after a mistake from Liam Dodds in the Hartley goal allowed the striker to score the simplest of tap-ins.

Hartley fought back, though, and levelled when Tom Potter smashed home from close range.

And the same player should have made it 2-1 when he raced clean through only to see his effort saved by the keeper’s legs.

The game was end to end but the Quakers found Hartley’s defence hard to break down, in particular the giant central defensive partnership of Dan Hall and James Loughborough, who won everything in the air.

The points looked as though they were going to be shared until the 80th minute when a through ball from Liam Wotherspoon put Hartley striker Callum Johnston clean through. His shot was saved by the keeper but the rebound to fell back to him and the ball somehow ended up in the back of the Darlington goal to make the final score 2-1.