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Darlaston Town (1874)
Bromyard Town
L Charlton (51')
Full time
Sat 4 Aug 15:00 - West Midlands Regional League - WMRL Division One Attendance 137

Darlaston secure opening day victory and in the process give debut's to five new players

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Despite the scoreline Darlaston win comfortably in the opening game of the League season

An opening day crowd of 137 saw Darlaston emerge with 3 points to get their 2018/19 season off to a good start. Despite the scoreline Darlaston were comfortable winners and controlled the game for long periods.

In glorious sunshine at The Paycare Ground the home side created two early chances. Firstly Danny Mayne shot wide from an acute angle and on 6 minutes debutant Daniel Bolzon came close to opening his account. Ryan Kingdon and Ryan Jones combined down the left flank, Jones sending in a superb cross which was headed over by Bolzon from 8 yards with opposition keeper Alex Rhodes well beaten.

Darlaston were controlling the pace of the game with some excellent passing moves but they lacked the cutting edge in front of goal to ease the nerves of their supporters and management team. Bolzon and Mayne were both off target as pressure mounted on the overworked Bromyard defence with Dan Tonks and Cameron Green standing resolute at the heart of the visitors defence.

Darlaston Town (1874) 1-0 Bromyard Town  04.08.18
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Despite the pressure from the home side it was the visitors who had a glorious chance to open the scoring in the 31st minute. A four man move from their own penalty area resulted in Matthew Croucher Smith finding space beyond the Darlaston the impressive striker unleashed a superb angled drive from 18 yards which was superbly tipped over the bar by debutant keeper Liam Whittaker, acrobatically diving high to his right.

Dar laston re grouped and could have taken the lead 3 minutes later. The hard working Danny Mayne chased a lost cause deep into the Bromyard half beating defender Luke Holylee to the ball, cutting inside and crossing for Bolzon who twisted his body to angle a difficult headed chance into the bottom corner but keeper Rhodes pulled off an excellent scrambling save to his right turning the ball around the post for a corner. From the resulting corner a half chance fell to Leon Taylor who hooked the half chance wide of Rhodes' left hand post.

Despite fairly constant pressure the half ended goalless.

The second half started pretty much the same as the first half with Darlaston on top . On 49 minutes following a foul on Danny Mayne by Lloyd Wager , a Ryan Jones free kick from 25 yards was fumbled by keeper Rhodes but despite a desperate attempt by Martin "Zuki" Stanton to prod the ball home, the Bromyard goal survived.

The only goal of the game arrived just 2 minutes later. The trickery and pace of Daniel Bolzon had caused the visiting defenders plenty of problems and he was the subject of several heavy challenges.Wager was guilty of such a challenge on Bolzon 22 yards out. Jones again took the free kick, crossing to the far post where Luke Charlton stole in to head home from 6 yards, much to the delight of his fellow players and the home supporters.

Following a rib injury Ryan Kingdon was substituted on 60 minutes, Connor Asbury coming on for his debut. On 65 minutes Taylor was within inches of doubling the lead just failing to convert at the far post after some good approach work by Sam Causton and Mayne.

On 66 minutes Noah Diallo became the fourth Darlaston debutant and his quality on the ball was immediately apparent as he made himself available in midfield to set up several attacking moves.

Diallo from 35 yards, Anthony Follows and Bolzon all had efforts off target as Darlaston looked to add a second goal to put the game beyond the visitors who remained competitive, continuing to look to prize open the home defence in search of the equaliser.

Josh Tolley became the 5th debutant replacing Taylor and despite a late rally by the visitors Darlaston held out comfortably for the 3 points.

Despite the close scoreline, Darlaston were generally in control and with more clinical finishing could have won the game more comfortably.

Darlaston's next game is against Bustleholme at their NEW GROUND at York Road, ROWLEY REGIS, B65 0RR. this is the former home of Oldbury United kick off is at the usual 3 pm.

Daniel Bolzon

Player of the Match

Daniel Bolzon

Key moments

51:00
Goal Luke Charlton scores for Darlaston Town (1874)

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90:00 +7:00 Player of the Match
Daniel Bolzon is awarded player of the match for Darlaston Town (1874)
90:00 Foul
Jake Hollylee is fouled for Bromyard Town
87:00 Foul
Reece Wager is fouled for Bromyard Town
84:00 Foul
Cam Green is fouled for Bromyard Town
82:00 Sub On
Joshua Tolley is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
82:00 Sub Off
Leon Taylor is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
81:00 Missed Shot
Daniel Bolzon misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
81:00 Foul
Daniel Bolzon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
79:00 Missed Shot
Anthony Follows misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
75:00 Missed Shot
Noah Diallo misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
75:00 Sub On
Jake Hollylee is substituted on for Bromyard Town
75:00 Sub Off
Matt Middleton is substituted off for Bromyard Town
75:00 Foul
Alan Gwilliam is fouled for Bromyard Town
72:00 Foul
Sam Causton is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
66:00 Sub On
Noah Diallo is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
66:00 Sub Off
Danny Mayne is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
66:00 Foul
Daniel Bolzon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
65:00 Sub Off
Lloyd Wager is substituted off for Bromyard Town
65:00 Sub On
Cam Mclean is substituted on for Bromyard Town
63:00 Sub On
Alan Gwilliam is substituted on for Bromyard Town
63:00 Sub Off
Dan Tonks is substituted off for Bromyard Town
60:00 Sub Off
Ryan Kingdon is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
60:00 Sub On
Connor Asbury is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
53:00 Foul
Leon Taylor is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
51:00 Assist
Ryan Jones makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
51:00 Goal 1 - 0
Luke Charlton scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
50:00 Foul
Danny Mayne is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
49:00 Saved Shot
Ryan Jones has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
46:00 Foul
Daniel Bolzon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
End of period 1
40:00 Saved Shot
Nathan Myers has a shot saved for Bromyard Town
39:00 Foul
Tom Riley is fouled for Bromyard Town
37:00 Foul
Ryan Jones is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
36:00 Foul
Anthony Follows is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
34:00 Missed Shot
Leon Taylor misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
31:00 Saved Shot
Matthew Croucher-Smith has a shot saved for Bromyard Town
26:00 Foul
Reece Wager is fouled for Bromyard Town
19:00 Missed Shot
Danny Mayne misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
18:00 Foul
Matt Middleton is fouled for Bromyard Town
16:00 Missed Shot
Daniel Bolzon misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
14:00 Foul
Daniel Bolzon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
11:00 Foul
Dave Richards is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
9:00 Foul
Luke Hollylee is fouled for Bromyard Town
4:00 Missed Shot
Danny Mayne misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
2:00 Foul
Luke Hollylee is fouled for Bromyard Town
1:00 Foul
Ryan Kingdon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
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As it happened

  • Darlaston Town (1874)
  • Bromyard Town
  • 0
  • Luke Charlton Goal 51:00'
  • Ryan Jones Assist 51:00'
  • Ryan Kingdon Sub Off 60:00'
  • Connor Asbury Sub On 60:00'
  • Dan Tonks Sub Off 63:00'
  • Alan Gwilliam Sub On 63:00'
  • Lloyd Wager Sub Off 65:00'
  • Cam Mclean Sub On 65:00'
  • Danny Mayne Sub Off 66:00'
  • Noah Diallo Sub On 66:00'
  • Matt Middleton Sub Off 75:00'
  • Jake Hollylee Sub On 75:00'
  • Joshua Tolley Sub On 82:00'
  • Leon Taylor Sub Off 82:00'

Team selection

Darlaston Town (1874)
Bromyard Town
  • 1. Alex Rhodes
  • 2. Luke Hollylee
  • 3. Lloyd Wager
  • 4. Dan Tonks
  • 5. Cam Green
  • 6. Reece Wager
  • 7. Ryan Glenister
  • 8. Nathan Myers
  • 9. Matthew Croucher-Smith
  • 10. Matt Middleton
  • 11. Tom Riley
  • 12. Jake Hollylee
  • 13. Alan Gwilliam
  • 14. Cam Mclean
  • 15. Sonny Hollyhead

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Worcester Raiders 31 76
2. Darlaston Town (1874) 31 75
3. Droitwich Spa 32 69
4. Sikh Hunters 32 64
5. Team Dudley 32 59
6. Wrens Nest 31 51
7. Old Wulfrunians 32 49

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