Barrow 3-0 Darlington

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Cash-strapped Darlington fell to a convincing defeat at Barrow in what could be the Quakers' last game if a financial backer fails to come forward.

Such was the eagerness to witness the away side, crowd congestion delayed kick-off by 10 minutes, before Adam Boyes rifled in for the hosts.

Clinical Barrow continued to show little sympathy when Andy Cook planted in a header from Gavin Skelton's cross.

And Darlington's misery was complete when Cook slotted home his second.

The away fans turned up in their droves despite the threat of closure remaining a stark reality, with exactly half the 2,144 attendance making up the visiting contingent.

The club were placed into administration for the third time in nine years last week and were also handed an automatic 10-point deduction by the Football Conference.

With the administrators instructing the club to fulfil their fixture against the Bluebirds, future Darlington games, starting with Fleetwood in a fortnight, remain a doubt.


Darlington caretaker manager Craig Liddle told BBC Tees:

"It's difficult to keep myself together.

"Credit to the supporters, the support has been incredible and they deserve better.

"We're not giving up, we'll keep fighting."

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