A veritable feast of DAFTS (and partners) today on duty today - Trev, Brian, John & Bev, Steve & Cath - but my chair had been kept free - thanks guys. Later Sandy (Mrs Trev) and then Lesley joined us.
Unfortunately the Ram Tam had gone by the time I got there but they had Titanic Iceberg, Titanic 1912 (underwhelming), Brakspears Bitter & Kelham Island Bete Noir Stout.
The massed ranks of DAFTS all took taxis to the ground but we were a bit late getting there and hadn't time to get my 50/50 tickets. At press reception I bumped into my uncle Ray from Catterick who is still helping his mate Eric.
Down on the pitch, injuries had forced a bit of a reshuffle after Kris Taylor injured himself in training - something behind his knee went pop according to his tweet - and I feared that would leave us up against it today, even against the worst team in the division.
However we didn't start too badly and started to pass the ball around and even exerted some pressure on their defence. John McReady slipped through the central defenders to give himself a great chance but the keeper got a foot to his shot.
Bath had some decent possession of their own but failed to force Pickford into any major exertion other than to collect the odd high ball.
And then Haydn Hollis bolstered lingering hopes when he put Darlington ahead on 34 minutes.
The centre-back found himself in the penalty area after going forward for an Aaron Brown free-kick. It was not cleared, Adam Rundle played the ball back into the penalty area where Hollis, on loan from Notts County, took a touch before turning and shooting past Glyn Garner.
That was one of the few notable moments during a moderate first half lacking in any real incident.
|Haydn Hollis shoots and scores|
|Adam Rundle celebrates |
Darlo's second goal