A new pair of
boots worked wonders for goal-starved Gordon Staniforth and his tiring,
frustrated Plymouth Argyle team mates. All the signs pointed to John Horeís
men being forced to pack their bags for the long trek north for a replay as
they laboured for 81 minutes to make any real impact against their Fourth
pointed our that Argyle had left it late in every previous tie and why
should this game be any different? It might have been dismissed as a
cynical remark if at that precise moment the ball hadnít finished up
nestling snugly in the back of the Darlington net!
nodded the ball to Staniforth, lurking a couple of yards clear of the
Darlington penalty area. The little man instantly took aim and his low,
pin-pointed drive arrowed through a row of defenders and past Fred
Barberís despairing dive.
Now at long
last, nothing could stop Argyle charging through to the last sixteen of
the FA Cup for only the second time in their history.
certainly never reached the fifth round before," said a delighted
Staniforth. itís been so frustrating for me over the last few games
that I have kept changing my boots hoping it would change my luck.
tried three different pairs and today experimented with new ones. I
think Iíll stick with them now for the next round ..."
tribute to Kevin Hodges for setting up his chance. "It was such a
nice touch on that I could get my head down and smack it first time. I
was pleased to see the ball go in because I did think the Ďkeeper was
going to get to it."
The goal was
Staniforthís first since Boxing Day and only his fifth of the season.
It came as a shattering blow to a Darlington side that tied Argyle up
into so many knots that they never looked capable of unravelling enough
to succeed . Just one Darlington goal was enough to torment home fans.
Chris Harrison deliberately obstructed Kevin Todd to concede a free
kick. Todd took up his place in the middle and moved in unchecked, to
steer a simple shot past Geoff Crudgington after Dave McLean lobbed the
ball in at his feet.
The game was 35
minutes old and Argyle still hadnít forced a corner and had tested
Barber at full stretch only once to parry a drive from Hodges.
But five minutes
later they were level. Gordon Nisbetís free kick into the heart of the
Darlington goalmouth was headed on by Staniforth. As the heads went up
to clear. John Uzzell beat them all to the ball by nodding it into the
roof of the net off Barberís outstretched fingers.
Crudgington, Nisbet, Uzzell, Harrison, Smith, Cooper, Hodges, Phillips,
Tvnan, Staniforth, Rogers. Sub: Pearson.
Barber, Craggs, Johnson, Honour, Smith, Barton, Cartwright, Todd,
Gilbert, Walsh, McLean. Sub: Davies.
Scorers: Argyle -
Uzzell, Staniforth :
Darlington - Todd.
Referee: Mr. R. G.