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banner Monday, 25 September, 2000, 22:02 GMT 23:02 UK
Bradford steamroller past Darlington
Benito Carbone
Carbone struck a brace
Bradford 7-2 Darlington (Agg: 8-2)

Bradford's Benito Carbone and Dean Windass grabbed two goals each to send Darlington crashing out of the Worthington Cup.

The Third Division outfit found the Bantams in rampant form, conceding three goals inside the first ten minutes which ended the North-East club's hopes of progressing further in the competition.

Bradford, who have scored only three goals in seven matches in the Premiership this season, looked impressive as Gareth Whalley, Gareth Grant and Gunnar Halle along with Carbone and Windass made the Quakers pay.

Gary Bennett's side did score two themselves when Stuart Elliott and Mark Angel struck in a four minute spell in the second half - although they were five goals down by this point.

Bradford, who were 1-0 up after the first leg, took the lead at Valley Parade when Whalley scored past Andrew Collett from 10 yards.


The Italian Carbone was instrumental on the night and crossed the ball for Windass to head home from six yards after eight minutes.

t was nice to see a few others get goals. You can't just rely on one or two players
  Chris Hutchings
Carbone himself put his name on the scoresheet when he raced through the Darlington defence to smash the ball past Collett off a rebound after the 'keeper had saved the striker's first shot.

Carbone struck again when he latched on to a back pass from Carl Pepper to slide the ball past a despairing Collett.

Two minutes after the break Windass made it 5-0 with a powerful 25-yard strike and then Darlington struck back.

First Elliott scored a simple goal from close range and then Angel hit a great effort after good work from Richard Hodgson.

Grant added Bradford's sixth after a goalmouth scramble in the 73rd minute and then Halle added the icing-on-the-cake with a glancing header from Carbone's free-kick.

A delighted Chris Hutchings said after the game: "We rested one or two players tonight, so it was important to get off to a good start.

"We did start well and got the three early goals which we are delighted with."

Understandably, Darlington boss Bennett was unhappy with the defeat, citing sloppy defending as the main reason for the thrashing.

He said: "I rested several players - but on Saturday they will be back.

"If you keep giving the ball back to players like Carbone they will hurt you, and that's what they did. By the time we started to play we were 4-0 down - it's too late by then."

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