MARK BECK scored twice as Darlington celebrated their homecoming with a 3-2 win over FC Halifax Town.

Playing back in the town at Blackwell Meadows after four and a half years as tenants at Bishop Auckland, the occasion drew a 3,000 attendance which saw Quakers begin a new era with a badly-needed win.

It was their first in eight matches, and came after Beck earned a place in the history books by becoming the first scorer at Blackwell.

He prodded into an empty net after a ball from the byline by Phil Turnbull, giving Quakers a seventh-minute lead.

Beck also scored the final Darlington goal at Heritage Park, scoring twice in a 2-2 draw with Salford City earlier this month.

His goal today was not enough for a half-time lead, however, as it was all-square after a mistake by Quakers Peter Jameson.

The keeper parried the ball into the net after a long-range effort by debutant Shaymen striker Adam Morgan, newly-signed from Curzon Ashton.

But two Quakers goals inside five minutes early in the second half settled the outcome. Beck took his tally for the season to 11 when he rifled home, and then Josh Gillies scored the goal of the day with a 20-yard blast that gave keeper Steven Drench no chance.

Quakers had nullified Halifax for most of what was a windy afternoon, but Morgan was handed another goal when Jameson made his second mistake of the day.

He had saved well late in the contest from Richard Peniket, but in fourth minute of injury time the keeper then dropped a Morgan shot over the line to make it 3-2.