On what was a dreadful playing surface at AFC Telford, Darlington manager Alun Armstrong reckoned his players produced their best performance of the season.
Quakers expected the pitch at New Buck’s Head wouldn’t be at its best because of drainage problems – shades of Feethams 1998 – but Telford weren’t prepared for what hit them from a rampant visiting side, who produced an excellent performance.
The playing surface was described as “dangerous” by Armstrong. It was heavily sanded down one side, and boggy in one large area near a corner.
Nonetheless, the win keeps Quakers’ play off hopes alive, now ninth in the table four points below Gateshead.
“Overall, that was our best 90 minutes full performance of the season,” said Armstrong.
“The pitch was horrific, the worst I’ve seen in my time in football to be honest.”