THE night out in Darlington had lots of interesting features. Not only did the Dragons bag the points, but they leap-frogged into third place and impressed everyone with their passionate, high-tempo performance.
The star performer, once again, was hit-man Morrell. He led the line superbly and netted a nice header just before half-time. Some fans have detected a new arrogance in the Reds no.11. In previous seasons he always looked like he wanted to score; this year he always looks like he will score.
The visiting fans chanted: 'We've got the best striker in the league', and at the moment, it is a fact that Morrell has scored more goals than any other striker in England, Scotland or Wales. On current form I almost fancy him for the Inter-Galactic Golden Boot.
It is curious that when the season began, everyone was expecting the Jones-Trundle combination to spearhead the promotion challenge; but as things have turned out - with the two Lees being afflicted by bad injuries and bad form - it is the Morrell-Sam partnership that has stolen the limelight.
On Tuesday night it was also interesting to observe the Roberts-Pejic-Bennett triumvirate in action. This new back-three has been gaining rave reviews for a while now, and it made no mistakes against Tommy Taylor's struggling team.
Not only this, but each player shone individually. Overnight almost, Roberts has evolved from promising starlet to wise old head, and against the Quakers he looked in complete control of the back line. Pejic rescued his side on more than one occasion in the face of a pacy Darlington front line, and Bennett (from the Far East to the north-east in a matter of weeks) was the epitome of calm assurance throughout.
Having recently become a Singaporean citizen, Dan the Man is now eligible to play for the national side, and Singapore football expert David Leoy says: "With the forthcoming Tiger Cup in mind, it is likely that our Danish coach, Jan Poulsen, would call up Bennett." A great honour for the player, but if he starts to miss league matches, it could disrupt the the new defensive masterplan.
It should also be noted that the average age of the current back-three is 22 - a great tribute to Smith's coaching skills.
At present, Darlington are building a state-of-the-art stadium on the outskirts of the town, so this was Wrexham's last-ever visit to Feethams, a somewhat eccentric lower-divisions venue.
But what the ground lacked in luxury, it gained in all-round friendliness. The stewards were extremely efficient in the way they directed travelling fans to the away end - a 20-minute detour! - and also managed to get an official programme seller to visit the Wrexham fans at half-time.
One DFC steward had a particularly memorable evening. He told me that at 7pm he had pulled out "Darlington 0 Wrexham 1" in the club sweepstake. And in the 36th minute, with £50 heading his way, he started to smile rather gleefully.