A crowd of 329 saw Darlington take the lead from a headed goal by none other than David Dowson. He pounced on a reflex save by Lewis Graham after the visitors had been contained by a resolute Durham side for much of the first half.
Darlington's second goal came from Shaun Reay midway into the second half with Adam Nichols scoring a third soon after.
The consolation came in the form of a penalty on 85 minutes cleanly put away by Joshua Hugill.
Durham clearly missed Dan Madden and Stephen Thompsson (both on holiday) so the result was actually quite encouraging.
Durham's starting 11 comprised,
Lewis Graham, Rufus Ayre ,Thomas Goundry, Craig Hindmarch, Andy Brown, Graham Irving, Nicholas Allen, Evann Graham , Wayne Gredziak, Max Stoker, Elliott Cutts.
Subs Ellison, Winter, Ryder, Rundle, Hughill