DARLINGTON and Spennymoor Town played out a dull draw, a game affected by the blustery conditions at Blackwell Meadows.

There was little between the teams, who have enjoyed some intense battles over the years, but without fans in attendance this felt flat and uninspiring.

Quakers captain Will Hatfield tested goalkeeper Dale Eve inside the second minute with a rising drive, but it was Spennymoor who had the wind at their backs before half-time though they were unable to captialise.

Moors striker Glen Taylor saw a long-range wind-assisted free-kick stopped by Melvin Minter, and that was as close as they got making the breakthrough.

Darlington’s tricky winger Erico Sousa was heavily involved, often taking the ball beyond his man, but unable to make an impact in the final third.

Louis Laing suffered a first-half injury after appearing to twist an ankle when making a challenge, though Sean Reid stepped up and performed admirably at centre-back, while Nicky Hunt largely minimised Taylor’s threat. 

Taylor did fire over from around 20 yards in the second half, while Moors’ best chance fell to former Quakers forward Stephen Thompson with his volley saved by Minter.

Darlington’s best opening was wasted by Sousa. After Jarrett Rivers had a shot blocked by Joe Tait, Sousa had the ball at his feet 12 yards from goal but blasted over with only Eve to beat.