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Darlington 0-1 Grimsby Town

Steven Watt
Ex-Swansea defender Watt joined Grimsby from Ross County in August

Steven Watt's thumping header secured victory for Grimsby Town and ended Darlington's unbeaten league start.

The first half was dire with both teams continually surrendering possession and failing to produce a shot on goal, but the game came to life after the break.

Watt headed in the winner from Robert Eagle's corner on 48 minutes and Eagle also went close with a 25-yard curler.

The Quakers responded and Gary Smith shot over and saw a fine bouncing effort saved by keeper Kenny Arthur.

But the pulsating second half seemed unlikely after the two sides that dropped out of the Football League last season served up a dismal offering before the interval.

A driven cross-shot from Town's Eagle that was cleared was as good as it got.

But after Watt's ferocious header, both sides started to make half-chances at regular intervals.

Darlington substitute Michael Smith sent a good headed opportunity narrowly wide as the home side pressed during a thrilling finale.

But chances were also being created at the other end.

The lively Lewis Gobern skipped to the byeline and his cross found Alan Connell, whose header was brilliantly saved by Sam Russell.

Liam Hatch could have earned a point in injury time but he failed to connect with a teasing cross while Connell was also denied by Russell with seconds left.

Darlington: Russell, Arnison, Hone, Miller, Brown, Gary Smith (Senior 62), Terry, McReady, Gray (Clarke 49), Hatch, Offiong (Michael Smith 46).
Subs Not Used: Jack, Chandler.

Booked: Arnison.

Grimsby: Arthur, Bore, Watt, Kempson, Ridley (Wood 24), Gobern, Hudson, Cummins, Eagle (Peacock 76), Connell, Corner (Ademeno 60).
Subs Not Used: Garner, Samuels.

Booked: Watt, Cummins, Gobern.

Goals: Watt 48.

Att: 1,993.

Ref: R West (Beverley).

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