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Fence collapse at Spennymoor v Darlington causes second half to be delayed

The second half to Spennymoor v Darlington ended up being delayed as stewards who were forcing the travelling fans back knock a fence over.

The terrace has been described by fans to be seen as unsafe to hold spectators due to a barrier, leaving it looking ‘overcrowded’ and ‘ramshackle’.

A video of the fence collapsing, seeing stewards and a number of fans falling over, was uploaded onto social media and has since got thousands of views.

Spennymoor Town fans in seats at the opposite end of the ground had to be vacated to create space for Darlington fans.

One home supporter has stated: “It came down really easily when Darlo fans leaned in it. A few people fell over – stewards and Darlo fans.”

Northern Echo Sports Editor, Craig Stoddart, showed how the host side were separating fans in what always tend to be a hostile local derby.

He said: “This is the method @SpennymoorTown used to segregate supporters, red/white tape.”

2,260 supporters came through the gate to see Spennymoor come out 3-1 winners over an in form Darlington.

863 of the away fans however left the ground disappointed with their side falling to a defeat.

After 18 minutes, Spennymoor’s James Roberts showed great composure to round Chris Elliott and pass into an empty net.

Darlington got themselves back in the game prior to the interval when Stephen Thompson put in a cross to meet the head of Justin Donawa who powered it home.

The second half turned more feisty and no side could find a goal until the 85th minute, when Glen Taylor flicked the ball round the corner and for Ben McKenna to finish beautifully in off the post.

Spennymoor sealed the win with a third goal in the final minutes when Adam Boyes tapped in.

The result takes the host side to 5th in the National League North table with 37 points from 23 games. Darlington sit 10th with 33 points from 23 matches.


After seeing stewards and Darlingham supporters collapse over a fence at Spennymoor, fans gave their reaction with many slamming how the situation was dealt with – see those tweets on the next page.


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