Sunday, March 30, 2008

Misery loves company...


First half goal mouth action that led to the awarding of Darlington's penalty.


...so it was as well that I took James along with me to a very wet, blustery Arena yesterday to watch Darlo get thumped by Bradford City.


It was a curious game. After a shaky first 10 minutes, Darlington were well on top during the first half, spurning a series of unchallenged headers on the Bradford City goal.


We knew it was all-change for the second half when the referee came out in a yellow shirt rather than the green one he'd worn previously. Curious because Bradford were playing in orange shirts with red stripes, and it became almost impossible to distinguish him from one of their side. All became clear, however, when the referee's decisions effectively made him Bradford's 12th man.


This then became 12 against 10 when Darlington's Richie Foran was sent off, admittedly for the sort of tackle that precedes a story-line on Casualty.


Bradford then seemed to score goals at will, and Darlo were a shadow of the first half side. On that performance, Darlington will have to resign themselves to the play-offs rather than an automatic promotion spot.


The final irritation of the afternoon was my continuing annoyance that Darlington don't have a separate area for families to sit in. I was therefore relieved that I didn't have AJ with me as the man sitting in front stood up repeatedly to shout obscenities at the Bradford players, the referee etc. Although, as he had what appeared to be his 6-year old son with him, who thought his father's antic hilarious, perhaps a family section would have been no protection at all.

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