DESPITE struggling in the Evo-Stik First Division North Ossett Town have shown plenty of ability in the Integro Doodson Cup with a 3-1 win at home to Premier Division side Darlington 1883.
Being watched by new manager Grant Black on Tuesday night following the departure of Graham Nicholas last week, Town dominated the game and went ahead through Joseph Ojo in the 17th minute.
Darlington competed in the first half, but were dealt a blow on the stroke of half-time when Josh Moore doubled the hosts’ lead.
Town looked comfortable after the interval and won the game in the 74th minute thanks to Cameron Lyn’s strike.
The hosts were aiming to keep a clean sheet, but it wasn’t to be as Black’s new side shipped a consolation goal in the 90th minute, scored by Darlington’s Lewis Walton.
It was a good response by Town after they lost 2-1 to Radcliffe Borough in the league last Saturday.
Town battled hard throughout and could consider themselves unlucky not to have got something out of the game.
In a physical encounter the hosts created some good chances but they went behind in the 31st minute when Steve Foster turned the ball home from a corner kick.
Seven minutes later Town thought they had levelled the scores, but David Brown’s shot from six yards out was brilliantly blocked.
In the second half the home side’s persistence paid off when Isaac Assenso got his name on the scoresheet.
The defender got on the end of a Moore flick on from a corner to nudge the ball past Chris Cheetham in the Radcliffe goal.
Borough went down to 10 men after Daniel Lafferty was shown a second yellow card for a head butt and Town looked certain to earn at least a point.
But disaster struck when a momentary lapse of concentration in the 90th minute allowed Foster to complete his brace and clinch all three points for his side.
The win leaves Town four points above the relegation zone in First Division North.