Penney era starts with win
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Dave Penney's reign as Darlington boss started with a 1-0 home win over Chester.
Dave Penney's reign as Darlington boss started in the ideal manner with a 1-0 home win over Chester City.
The ex-Doncaster Rovers boss took charge earlier this week and has set himself the aim of leading the club to promotion.
Michael Cummins' 18th minute goal was enough to give Penney an opening win, with Darlington moving up to eighth position in the process.
The breakthrough for a dominant home side arrived when Cummins lashed home after Barry Conlon's shot had been blocked.
In the second half, The Quakers could have secured an emphatic victory only to be denied by the crossbar on three occasions.
Craig James, Neil Wainwright and Conlon were all thwarted by the frame of goal, and Chester almost made the hosts pay the price.
Lee Steele missed a golden opportunity from close range in injury time before Chester's Ashley Westwood was sent off for a rash challenge on Simon Johnson.
Click below for a match summary:
Darlington 1-0 Chester City