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Ray Simpson / 23rd October 2020

Luke scores twice for Quakers and earns a first round place

Luke scores twice for Quakers and earns a first round place

Place in the fourth qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup at stake


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Darlington 2 Cambridge City 0

Scorer: Charman (9 mins, 1-0, 29 mins, 2-0)

Quakers are through to the first round proper of the FA Cup for the second year running after victory over never-say-die Cambridge City at Blackwell Meadows.

Darlington striker Luke Charman scored twice in the first half to put Quakers well in control, and he was denied his hat trick by the woodwork and good saves by Cambridge keeper Dan George. Luke has now scored four goals this season, all of them in the FA Cup. His brace also earned £9,750 in prize money.

Quakers created plenty of chances, with Tony McMahon also hitting the post in the second half, as they earned a place in the first round, which will be drawn on Monday night on BBC 2 and BT Sport at 7pm. We will be ball number 49 in the draw. But Cambridge kept going right to the end as Quakers failed to put the game to bed in the second half.

Quakers had a chance in the first minute, Adam Campbell laid the ball off for Luke Charman, whose powerful right foot shot was well blocked by Dan George.

Tony McMahon tried his luck on 6 minutes with a long range shot that George saved comfortably.

Quakers took the lead on 9 minutes, when Liddle found Charman on the edge of the box, and the striker turned quickly and beat George with a right foot effort for his third goal of the season.

Luke scores the first



Quakers went looking for a second. Sean Reid had a close range effort blocked by George, and Charman put a glancing header wide from a Michael Liddle cross.

They nearly got it on 21 minutes when Campbell crossed from the left for Charman to sidefoot against the bar.

Cambridge replied with a header by Jordan Gent from a corner that went straight at Jonny Saltmer.

But Quakers deservedly went 2-0 up when Omr Holness, making his return debut, had an effort blocked on the edge of the box but instead the ball ran for Charman to hit left footed past George for his second of the game.

Luke fires the second goal


Cambridge replied with a header by Ryan Sharman from a right wing cross that went wide.

In a flowing breakaway move that started with a raking 50 yard Charman pass to the right, Rivers set up Reid, whose effort on the edge of the box was blocked.

Jarid Robson got away in the last minute of the half, but Alex Storey got back well and put in a great tackle just on the edge of his own box.

Half time 2-0

The second half began in the same vein, with Reid glancing a header just wide from a Rivers cross.

Quakers then put together a great flowing move which ended with Liddle cutting in from the left and forcing a flying save out of George.

And another good move down the left ended with Liddle’s low shot being held by George.

Rivers and McMahon then played a 1-2 which ended with McMahon firing just wide.

However, Cambridge nearly pulled a goal back with a free kick by Luke Knight towards the bottom corner that Saltmer just managed to push away with his left hand.

Quakers went straight up the other end and nearly made it 3-0, when Charman and Rivers combined well to set up McMahon, whose powerful right foot shot hit the post.

Omar Holness came off just after the hour and was replaced by Justin Donawa.

Rivers then showed some great skill as he cut in from the left, but he put his effort off target.

Ben Hedley came on for Adam Campbell on 75 minutes.

McMahon was clearly wanting to score, and his free kick from 25 yards was deflected over the top. From the corner that followed, Reid headed into the side netting.

Saltmer made a good last minute save to preserve Quakers' first clean sheet of the season.

Final score: Darlington 2 Cambridge City 0

Darlington: Saltmer, McMahon, Hunt, Storey, Liddle; Holness (sub Donawa 64), Wheatley, Reid, Rivers, Campbell (sub Hedley 75), Charman (sub Amantchi 89)

Subs: Watson, Laing, Hudson, Minter,


Cambridge: George, Ofusu, Herd, Knight (sub Rigby 81), Gent, Simpson, Robson, Wood, Ingrey, Sharman (Prince-Jones 87), Davis (sub Olukanmi 64).

Subs:   Barker, Shaw,

Bookings: none.