Brighouse Town suffered an unhappy start to 2015 following two away defeats.
The New Year’s day trip to the east coast ended with a 4-0 defeat by Scarborough Athletic while Paul Quinn’s men failed to find the net again on Saturday with a 2-0 Evo-Stik NPL Division One North defeat at leaders Darlington 1885.
Veteran striker Gary Bradshaw opened Boro`s account after 22 minutes and less than two minutes later Alex Peterson made it 2-0.
Midway through the second period Jimmy Ghaichem added a third and Jimmy Beadle a fourth with seven minutes remaining.
Town performed well to hold their high-flying hosts to 0-0 on Saturday. It took until the 69th minute for Darlington to break the deadlock with Gary Brown netting.
Brighouse worked hard but were hit by a second goal from David Dowson deep into stoppage time.