Mayo Watch

Last updated : 14 January 2008 By Gary Moss

Magpies left-back Mayo made an impressive first outing for the Quakers as the League Two promotion hopefuls eased past struggling Bury 3-0.

The 26-year-old former Lincoln City man helped Darlington to another home clean sheet and also registered on the score sheet in a solid debut for the fifth placed side.

Mayo joins Dave Penney's side on an initial one month loan deal but Darlington writer Craig Stoddart believes his move is with a view to the end of the season.

The Northern Echo journalist admits he had not seen much of Mayo before Saturday's outings but is more than pleased with the clubs most recent addition to the squad.

Mayo...Impressive debut

"He did very well, he helped to keep a clean sheet and scored a goal as well as not letting too much down his flank although Bury aren't the most dangerous attacking side," he said.

"I've only really heard of him - I remember him being at Lincoln when they did well."

Mayo joined the Reynolds Arena to fill in for the injured Tim Ryan and Lee Ridley who moved to Lincoln on loan.

Stoddart admits Mayo is a typical Dave Penney signing.

"It wasn't a surprise that we signed a left-back because we really needed one," he explained.

"Penney does seem to sign players who are established at this level or that have proven themselves at this level.

He hopes the experienced full-back will prove a worthwhile addition as the Darlo go in search of an automatic promotion berth.

"Mayo should be a big improvement for us in that area."

"First impressions count and his was decent," he explained.

Mayo should have no problem in establishing himself as fans favourite as his goal just before the hour mark rounded off a good home debut.

"I think his goal may have taken a small deflection but it was a good shot on the turn from about 18 yards out," explained the Quakers writer.

"It was a decent goal that killed the game off because Bury looked like pulling one back at the time."

Northern Echo Match Rating: 8 out of 10