TyneMet fail to take chances in draw with Darlington
TyneMet's second team did more than enough to win their game with Darlington College but failed to produce a goal from the numerous chances they created.
The previous encounter with Darlington had produced eight goals in a 4-4 draw back in October, but neither keeper was beaten in the latest meeting.
The first half started as a scrappy affair with the wind playing its part, but once TyneMet settled they played some good football and could have went ahead as early as the ninth minute after great work from Joe Elrod down the right saw him beat two defenders along the byline, but his cross could not be converted and was the ball cleared from danger.
TyneMet continued to press and create chances. Scott Woodhouse drew a good save from the Darlington keeper and Connor Willis should of done better with two good chances when well placed.
TyneMet thought they should have had a penalty when Elrod’s shot was blocked with what appeared to be a hand but nothing was given by the referee.
Darlington started the second half well and had the best chance of the game when indecision in the home defence allowed their striker through but his shot was well saved by goalkeeper Liam Henderson, who up to that point had been a bystander.
TyneMet upped their game from then on and were rarely troubled at the back.
They again created chances with Aidan Lynn firing into the side-netting when well placed and forcing numerous corners which came to nothing with the wind causing havoc.
With minutes remaining and the game heading for a draw, a great chance fell to Connor Willis when through on goal. He shifted the ball onto his left foot but the Darlington keeper was equal to it and the ball was smothered and cleared.
With Darlington bottom of the league and now on two points, both of which have came against TyneMet, the home side will look at this as two points dropped.
Second team coach Paul Robinson said: “A disappointing result in a game we should have took maximum points from.
“I can’t fault the effort and application of the lads, however, we just lacked that bit of quality in the final third.”