Relegated Darlington recorded only their eighth win of the season, against a poor Macclesfield side.
The Quakers took the lead when centre-back Ian Miller powered home a Mark Convery cross with a header that went in off the crossbar.
Michael Smith scored the winner 10 minutes from time when he converted another Convery cross with a bullet header at the far post.
Emile Sinclair went close for the home side when he poked wide from 12 yards.
Darlington boss Simon Davey spoke to BBC Tees on the performance of defender Ian Miller:
"We tried to manage it [hernia problem], we were looking to get him in to see the surgeon but we couldn't do that so the operation will wait until the end of the season.
"He wanted to carry on playing, we played him and it was a captain's performance.
"Great defending all day and he capped it with a goal as well."
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Saturday, 1 May 2010
16 Brisley (Tremarco 70)
19 Lowe (Rooney 63)
24 Mukendi (Daniel 34)
14 Smith (Groves 80)
09 Moore (Mulligan 51)
32 Smith (Marshall 90+1)
Ref: MillerAtt: 1,716
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+3:45 The referee signals the end of the game.
90:00+2:34 Inswinging corner taken by Mark Convery from the left by-line played to the near post, Paul Bolland manages to make a clearance.
90:00+0:45 Substitution Michael Smith leaves the field to be replaced by Jordan Marshall.
90:00+0:21 Andrew Milne is ruled offside. Jon Brain takes the free kick.
89:01 Header from close range by Nathan Mulligan misses to the right of the goal.
86:04 Lee Bell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Milne. Free kick taken by Nick Liversedge.
82:01 Corner from the left by-line taken by Lee Bell, Nathaniel Brown produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which
goes wide of the right-hand post.
80:40 Nathan Mulligan fouled by John Rooney, the ref awards a free kick. Alan White restarts play with the free kick.
78:41 Substitution Gary Smith goes off and Danny Groves comes on.
78:41 Assist on the goal came from Mark Convery.
78:41 GOAL - Michael Smith:Macclesfield 0 - 2 Darlington Michael Smith grabs a headed goal from close in. Macclesfield 0-2 Darlington.
77:49 Effort on goal by Colin Daniel from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
74:38 Mathew Tipton is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Nick Liversedge restarts play with the free kick.
71:12 Lee Bell concedes a free kick for a foul on John McReady. Paul Arnison takes the free kick.
69:55 Substitution Carl Tremarco comes on in place of Shaun Brisley.
68:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Arnison by Colin Daniel. Nick Liversedge takes the direct free kick.
67:42 Foul by Michael Smith on Shaun Brisley, free kick awarded. Sean Hessey takes the direct free kick.
65:17 Emile Sinclair has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
62:18 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Jon Brain.
62:17 Substitution John Rooney comes on in place of Matthew Lowe.
60:51 Sean Hessey has an effort at goal from long distance that goes wide left.
59:41 Gary Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Bolland. Sean Hessey restarts play with the free kick.
58:36 Unfair challenge on Emile Sinclair by Andrew Milne results in a free kick. Nathaniel Brown takes the free kick.
56:34 Nathan Mulligan is caught offside. Jon Brain takes the free kick.
56:08 Lee Bell takes a short corner.
55:04 Unfair challenge on Shaun Brisley by Michael Smith results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jon Brain.
50:40 Corner taken right-footed by Mark Convery, Sean Hessey manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken by Mark Convery,
Headed effort on goal by Alan White from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
50:40 Penalty taken by Mark Convery saved by Jon Brain. Macclesfield 0-1 Darlington.
50:40 Nick Liversedge takes the direct free kick. Nathan Mulligan fouled by Paul Bolland, the ref awards a Penalty.
50:40 Substitution (Darlington) makes a substitution, with Nathan Mulligan coming on for Chris Moore.
50:40 John McReady fouled by Lee Bell, the ref awards a free kick.
49:11 Corner from the left by-line taken by Lee Bell, clearance made by Andrew Milne.
45:38 The official flags Mathew Tipton offside. Paul Arnison takes the indirect free kick.
45:01 The referee starts the second half.
45:00+0:58 The ref blows to signal half-time.
44:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ian Miller on Colin Daniel. Free kick taken by Sean Hessey, Header from deep inside the area
by Nathaniel Brown goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
43:21 Nathaniel Brown takes a shot. John McReady gets a block in.
42:34 Lee Bell decides to take a short corner.
38:48 Sean Hessey challenges Mark Convery unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Arnison.
38:00 Mathew Tipton takes a shot. Save made by Nick Liversedge.
35:23 Matthew Lowe takes a shot. Blocked by Alan White. Lee Bell takes the outswinging corner, Header by Shaun Brisley from deep
inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
34:43 Mark Convery takes a outswinging corner.
34:00 Substitution Colin Daniel is brought on as a substitute for Vinny Mukendi.
33:13 Shaun Brisley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan White. Free kick taken by Nick Liversedge.
32:27 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Lee Bell, clearance made by Andrew Milne.
31:52 The referee blows for offside against Lee Bell. Indirect free kick taken by Nick Liversedge.
28:07 Izak Reid takes a shot. Alan White gets a block in.
25:28 Foul by Vinny Mukendi on Paul Arnison, free kick awarded. Paul Arnison restarts play with the free kick.
20:40 Unfair challenge on Izak Reid by Gary Smith results in a free kick. Nathaniel Brown restarts play with the free kick.
19:29 John McReady takes a shot. Save made by Jon Brain. Corner taken by Mark Convery, Nathaniel Brown makes a clearance.
15:58 John McReady produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
15:17 Foul by Ian Miller on Vinny Mukendi, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Lee Bell.
14:33 Mathew Tipton is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Alan White.
13:10 Effort from deep inside the area by Michael Smith misses to the left of the goal.
10:48 Shot by Emile Sinclair. Nick Liversedge makes a save.
8:32 Mark Convery provided the assist for the goal. Michael Smith takes a shot. Save by Jon Brain.
8:32 GOAL - Ian Miller:Macclesfield 0 - 1 Darlington Ian Miller finds the back of the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Macclesfield 0-1 Darlington.
8:06 Unfair challenge on Paul Arnison by Vinny Mukendi results in a free kick. Mark Convery takes the free kick.
0:56 The assistant referee signals for offside against Michael Smith. Jon Brain takes the indirect free kick.
0:00 The game kicks-off.
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