Ryan Bowman hit a brace to give Darlington victory over relegated Kettering on the final day of the Blue Square Bet Premier season.

Bowman opened the scoring with a fine finish from the edge of the area, and doubled his tally after the break when he converted Adam Rundle's pass.

Charlie Wyke dusted himself down after being felled by Paul Johnson to pull a goal back from the penalty spot.

But Poppies midfielder Ben Ford deflected in John McReady's cross.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Kettering Town caretaker manager Ashley Westwood told BBC Radio Northampton:

"We've not done enough to win the game; not threatened their goal too much and not had the quality to unlock their door.

"That's an alarming tally. 100 goals against only points to one thing and that's attitude but there have been factors as to why and when.

"It's been a tough season and I'm sure the club and the fans will be glad to see it over and we can re-group and get some bodies in who want to play for the club."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (2)

Darlington

  • 13 Nixon
  • 02 Arnison
  • 03 Brown
  • 05 Johnson Booked
  • 19 Hollis
  • 07 Keltie
  • 08 Taylor
  • 16 McReady
  • 20 Rundle
  • 26 Wainwright (Lambert - 60' )
  • 12 Bowman

Substitutes

  • 17 Ferguson
  • 11 Lambert
  • 14 Barton

Kettering

  • 12 Walker
  • 05 Sangare
  • 15 Westwood
  • 23 Noubissie Booked
  • 28 Palmer (York - 75' )
  • 20 Bridges
  • 26 Ford
  • 18 Mills
  • 25 Wyke
  • 29 Gray
  • 30 Joyce

Substitutes

  • 22 Navarro
  • 34 York
  • 35 Petranyuk
Ref: Peter Banks
Att: 1,792

Match Stats

Shots

13 7

On target

9 2

Corners

9 5

Fouls

16 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:32 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +1:54

Header from close in by Charlie Wyke misses to the right of the goal.

90:00 +1:25

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ben Ford, save by Jordan Nixon.

90:00 +1:06

Danny Mills delivers the ball, Kris Taylor makes a clearance.

90:00 +0:55

Unfair challenge on Ben Ford by Clark Keltie results in a free kick. Ben Joyce takes the indirect free kick.

90:00 +0:06

A cross is delivered by Danny Lambert.

87:50

Inswinging corner taken by David Bridges from the right by-line, clearance by Aaron Brown. Adam Rundle is caught offside. Laurie Walker restarts play with the free kick.

87:21

Aaron Brown challenges Danny Mills unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Ford.

85:15

Patrick Noubissie takes a shot.

83:13

Foul by Clark Keltie on Ben Ford, free kick awarded. David Bridges restarts play with the free kick.

82:00

Clark Keltie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Djoumin Sangare. Djoumin Sangare takes the direct free kick.

81:11

James Gray delivers the ball.

79:53

Corner taken left-footed by Kris Taylor to the near post, Charlie Wyke manages to make a clearance.

79:05

Ashley Westwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Bowman. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Clark Keltie, blocked by David Bridges.

78:41

Clark Keltie fouled by Charlie Wyke, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Arnison.

76:57

Headed effort from inside the penalty area by David Bridges misses to the right of the target.

76:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Gray by Danny Lambert. Ben Joyce restarts play with the free kick.

74:27 Substitution

Substitution Steve Palmer goes off and Max York comes on.

73:33 Goal scored

Goal! - Ben Ford - Darlington 3 - 1 Kettering Ben Ford scores an own goal. Darlington 3-1 Kettering.

71:44

John McReady crosses the ball.

69:46

The ball is sent over by Danny Mills, clearance by Kris Taylor.

69:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Brown on Ben Joyce. Free kick taken by Ashley Westwood.

69:08

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Kris Taylor, save made by Laurie Walker.

68:56

Ryan Bowman takes a shot. Laurie Walker makes a save.

68:37

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Kris Taylor.

67:09

James Gray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Lambert. Strike on goal comes in from Aaron Brown from the free kick, Laurie Walker makes a save.

66:00

Charlie Wyke concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Johnson. Indirect free kick taken by Jordan Nixon.

65:18

Clark Keltie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Gray. Direct free kick taken by Ben Joyce.

64:48

Ryan Bowman has an effort at goal from deep inside the box hitting the post.

63:30

Adam Rundle delivers the ball.

62:45

Foul by Ryan Bowman on Ashley Westwood, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Laurie Walker.

61:58

Patrick Noubissie concedes a free kick for a foul on John McReady. Kris Taylor restarts play with the free kick.

61:45

Danny Lambert takes a shot. Save by Laurie Walker.

60:55

Effort on goal by Patrick Noubissie from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.

60:20

Foul by Clark Keltie on James Gray, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Westwood.

59:10 Substitution

Substitution Neil Wainwright goes off and Danny Lambert comes on.

58:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Charlie Wyke - Darlington 2 - 1 Kettering Placed penalty scored by Charlie Wyke. Darlington 2-1 Kettering.

58:08 Booking

Booking The referee shows Paul Johnson a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

57:44

Danny Mills sends in a cross, Charlie Wyke fouled by Paul Johnson, the ref awards a Penalty.

56:28

The assistant referee flags for offside against Adam Rundle. Ashley Westwood restarts play with the free kick.

55:30

James Gray takes the inswinging corner, Jordan Nixon makes a save.

54:17

Kris Taylor takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post.

54:07

Haydn Hollis sends in a cross, clearance made by David Bridges.

53:47

The ball is delivered by James Gray, Jordan Nixon makes a save.

53:01

Adam Rundle has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.

50:55

Clark Keltie fouled by Patrick Noubissie, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Kris Taylor.

50:26

Steve Palmer gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John McReady. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Brown.

49:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Patrick Noubissie by Clark Keltie. Ashley Westwood takes the direct free kick.

47:26

Adam Rundle provided the assist for the goal.

47:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Ryan Bowman - Darlington 2 - 0 Kettering Ryan Bowman gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Darlington 2-0 Kettering.

47:06

The ball is swung over by Adam Rundle, Ashley Westwood makes a clearance.

45:35

Ryan Bowman is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ashley Westwood.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:53 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +1:12

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Rundle on Danny Mills. Free kick taken by Ben Ford.

45:00 +0:23

Free kick taken by Aaron Brown.

45:00 +0:23 Booking

Booking Booking for Patrick Noubissie for unsporting behaviour.

45:00 +0:15

Patrick Noubissie challenges Ryan Bowman unfairly and gives away a free kick.

44:21

James Gray decides to take the corner short, The ball is crossed by Patrick Noubissie, clearance made by Aaron Brown.

44:14

The ball is crossed by James Gray, John McReady gets a block in.

43:33

The ball is swung over by Steve Palmer, Patrick Noubissie takes a shot. Save by Jordan Nixon.

43:05

The referee blows for offside. Ashley Westwood takes the indirect free kick.

42:09

Inswinging corner taken by Kris Taylor, Haydn Hollis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Bridges. Laurie Walker takes the indirect free kick.

41:51

The ball is sent over by Paul Arnison, Haydn Hollis takes a shot. Save by Laurie Walker.

41:14

James Gray is adjudged to have handled the ball. Kris Taylor restarts play with the free kick.

39:53

The assistant referee signals for offside against Haydn Hollis. Laurie Walker takes the free kick.

39:47

The ball is sent over by Clark Keltie.

38:27

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Johnson by Charlie Wyke. Free kick taken by Paul Arnison.

37:30

Corner from the right by-line taken by Kris Taylor, Laurie Walker makes a save.

37:16

Haydn Hollis takes a shot. Save by Laurie Walker.

36:06

James Gray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Rundle. Free kick taken by Aaron Brown.

34:52

Charlie Wyke concedes a free kick for a foul on Kris Taylor. Kris Taylor restarts play with the free kick.

34:32

The official flags Ryan Bowman offside. Direct free kick taken by Laurie Walker.

33:25

Shot from just outside the area by James Gray misses to the right of the target.

32:13

Haydn Hollis is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Ashley Westwood.

31:59

A cross is delivered by Steve Palmer.

30:12

Assist by John McReady.

30:12 Goal scored

Goal! - Ryan Bowman - Darlington 1 - 0 Kettering Ryan Bowman grabs a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Darlington 1-0 Kettering.

28:19

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Patrick Noubissie by Paul Arnison. Direct free kick taken by James Gray.

27:34

The ball is crossed by Haydn Hollis, clearance by Danny Mills.

27:06

The ball is crossed by Adam Rundle, Patrick Noubissie makes a clearance.

26:43

Foul by David Bridges on Ryan Bowman, free kick awarded. Paul Arnison takes the indirect free kick.

24:54

Ashley Westwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Bowman. Indirect free kick taken by Kris Taylor.

23:40

Neil Wainwright takes a shot. Save by Laurie Walker.

23:09

Corner taken left-footed by Kris Taylor from the left by-line, David Bridges manages to make a clearance.

22:55

A cross is delivered by Clark Keltie, Djoumin Sangare manages to make a clearance.

21:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Neil Wainwright by Patrick Noubissie. Kris Taylor takes the free kick.

20:12

The offside flag is raised against Haydn Hollis. Laurie Walker takes the free kick.

18:40

Danny Mills takes a shot. Blocked by Haydn Hollis.

15:33

Corner taken by Patrick Noubissie from the left by-line to the near post.

14:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Haydn Hollis on Charlie Wyke. Free kick crossed right-footed by Patrick Noubissie from left channel, Clark Keltie makes a clearance.

11:53

Handball decision goes against Danny Mills. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Arnison.

10:25

The ball is crossed by Danny Mills, clearance by Kris Taylor.

8:05

Ashley Westwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Bowman. Kris Taylor takes the direct free kick.

7:04

The assistant referee flags for offside against James Gray. Aaron Brown takes the free kick.

6:13

Kris Taylor takes the inswinging corner, save by Laurie Walker.

5:01

Centre by Neil Wainwright.

4:25

Corner taken by Kris Taylor from the left by-line, Djoumin Sangare manages to make a clearance.

4:10

Adam Rundle concedes a free kick for a foul on David Bridges. David Bridges takes the free kick.

3:43

Djoumin Sangare delivers the ball, save by Jordan Nixon.

2:31

Ryan Bowman has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

1:22

Danny Mills produces a cross, clearance made by Kris Taylor.

1:15

Steve Palmer crosses the ball.

0:55

Danny Mills produces a cross.

0:30

Centre by James Gray, Paul Johnson makes a clearance.

0:06

John McReady takes a shot. Save made by Laurie Walker.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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