AFTER today’s match a “minority” of Darlington supporters ‘abused officials, management, players and supporters’ of Spennymoor Town, according to the County Durham club.

They met at Blackwell Meadows, Town winning 2-1, and at full-time celebrated what was their first league win over Quakers in eight attempts.

Though in a statement released this evening Moors say one of their supporters sustained an injury, and they claim to have faced provocation.

Tony Wilson, Spennymoor’s managing director, said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank both the club officials at Darlington FC and the Durham Constabulary for their assistance following the unsavoury scenes at full time today.

“We will be working in tandem with our counterparts at Darlington over the coming days to ascertain exactly what went on with regards to an injury to a Spennymoor supporter.

“I’m also very proud to pass on a commendation from the Police concerning the behaviour of Spennymoor Town supporters in the face of provocation.

“There is no place in football for the extent of abuse that our officials, management, players and supporters experienced from a minority of Darlington supporters.

“It is absolutely a minority who overstepped the mark and we’d like to thank the other Quakers supporters for contributing to a great atmosphere at Blackwell Meadows.

“We’re now supporting the Moors fan concerned, whose injury is minor, and deciding on the best course of action moving forward as we ascertain what took place.”

Spennymoor midfielder Jamie Chandler was at the centre of an incident after Moors’ second goal.

He was involved in a confrontation with Quakers supporters and The Northern Echo understands he was spoken to by police after leaving the Spennymoor changing room.

In response to Spennymoor's comments, Darlington have released a statement of their own.

It reads: "There was an alleged incident outside the ground immediately after the Darlington v Spennymoor Town game on Saturday in which a young Spennymoor supporter was struck by a so-called Darlington 'fan'.

"We are assisting Spennymoor Town FC and Durham Constabulary with their enquiries into this incident, and would like to wish the Spennymoor supporter concerned a speedy recovery.

"Darlington Football Club prides itself as a community and family-friendly club and does not condone this type of conduct by a so-called 'fan' whatsoever. Indeed, let us make our view very clear - any individual who is found guilty regarding this incident will be banned by the club for life."

The police have been contacted for comment.