Darlington’s recent FA Trophy exit to Hornchurch still rankles with manager Alun Armstrong.

The National League North side exited to their lower-division opponents in the quarter-final, losing 2-1 at home.

As part of a detailed update to supporters, Armstrong said: “I was extremely disappointed that we lost to Hornchurch in the Trophy, because we didn’t capitalise on all the chances we created (how many times have I said that?).

“We got into some great shooting positions but didn’t pull the trigger when we should have done, and we really let Hornchurch off the hook.

“It was a very disappointing result, considering that we had beaten two teams from the division above us in the previous two rounds.

“We might never have a better chance of going further in the competition.”

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