Disappointing defeat to Darlington for Richmond Town

Richmond Town.

It was a disappointing short trip back down the A1 for Richmond Town last Saturday after suffering a 4-2 defeat at Darlington Town.

Despite playing some decent football and creating plenty of chances, Town found themselves 4-0 down at the break courtesy of a Lewis Martin hat-trick and a Scott Guy own goal.

Jonathan Kellett decided on a change of formation at half-time, changing to a back three instead of the four he had started with as he sent his side out looking for a way back into the game.

Richmond continued to create chances as the second half got underway but could only manage to find the net twice, Chris Layfield and substitute James Kelly both scoring their first goals for the club.

It’s been a frustrating start to 2019 for Richmond and manager Kellett who despite recent disappointments still have two chances of silverware this season.

A very tough semi final in the Monkwearmouth Cup away at title favourites Hebburn Town reserves awaits them on March 9, but this Saturday they travel to Nissan Sports Club to take on Sunderland West End for a Shipowners Cup quarter final tie.

Town will have to be at their best if they are to advance in either competition, but when they are, they can be a match for anybody in the Wearside League.

All the players and management would appreciate your support at these huge games for the club.

Another frustration for Kellett and his squad is the amount of away fixtures.

The last game at Earls Orchard was on January 26 with the fixtures committee not scheduling another home game until March 23 when Wolviston will come to Town.