Struggling Darlington missed an opportunity to climb off the bottom of the table when they were beaten at Peterborough Sports on Tuesday night.

They hoped to build on the weekend win at Farsley Celtic, but Josh Gowling's side suffered defeat away to mid-table opposition.

They missed some good chances in a dominant first half, and were caught on the break just before half time to give themselves an uphill task.

Quakers had a half chance early on when Sports keeper Peter Crook played the ball straight to Darlington's Jacob Hazel, but the striker was crowded out by the recovering defence before he could get a shot away.

Darlington created their first chance on 17 minutes when three players were involved on the edge of the box before Will Hatfield pulled a left foot shot wide.

They had another chance on 27 minutes when Tom Platt crossed from the left for Burton to glance wide from six yards.

They nearly took the lead on 29 minutes when Hazel found the overlapping Kallum Griffiths on his own with just the keeper to beat, but Crook managed to block his shot.

After a flare up for a foul on Griffiths that saw Ben Hedley and Hazel booked for their protests, Sports broke away and took the lead on 35 minutes.

They attacked down the right through Dion Sembie-Ferris, and he crossed to the far post where Oisin Gallacher volleyed in with the help of a big deflection.

Quakers had a penalty shout just on half time when Cameron Salkeld appeared to be pushed in the area, but the referee waved play on.

And it was 2-0 on 55 minutes when Cuba Meyer picked the ball up on the left after Quakers lost possession, raced into the Darlington area, and beat Taylor with a low shot.

They made two subs on 60 minutes, Blaine Rowe and Andrew Nelson coming on for Hedley and Jonny Ngandu.

Darlington gathered momentum for the closing stages. Rowe was denied by a last-ditch tackle, then Salkeld had a header blocked from a Rivers cross.

Crook saved at full stretch from Rowe as Quakers finished the game as they started, creating and then missing chances.