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Darlington 6-1 Eastbourne Boro

Marc Bridge-Wilkinson
Bridge-Wilkinson scored two penalties as Darlington ran riot before the break

Marc Bridge-Wilkinson scored a fine first-half hat-trick as Darlington crushed bottom-of-the-table Eastbourne.

Bridge-Wilkinson's 25-yard shot opened the scoring and his penalty doubled the lead after he was fouled by Matt Crabb.

Another Bridge-Wilkinson spot-kick - after Matt Smart felled Aman Verma - made it 3-0 and the fourth arrived when Liam Hatch headed in from close range.

John Campbell's 18-yard shot made it 5-0 by half-time, Verma fired a sixth before Matt Smart hit a late reply.

Darlington: Russell, Arnison, Miller, Hatch (Senior 60), Burn, Verma, Bridge-Wilkinson, Campbell (Modest 46), Gary Smith, Brown, Chandler (Taylor 56).
Subs Not Used: St Louis-Hamilton, Quinn.

Goals: Bridge-Wilkinson 19, 29 pen, 33 pen, Hatch 34, Campbell 37, Verma 58.

Eastbourne Borough: Forecast, Baker, Brinkhurst, Matt Crabb (Purcell 76), Hutchinson, Jenkins, Smart, Taylor (Pacquette 55), Weatherstone (Nathan Crabb 60), Elphick, Johnson.

Subs Not Used: Banks, Demetriou.

Booked: Johnson.

Goals: Smart 85.

Att: 1,660.

Ref: Paul Hodskinson (Lancashire).

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