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Bustleholme
Darlaston Town (1874)
L Whittaker (32' OG), C Norton (87' Sent Off)
Full time
M Stanton (17' Pen, 37' Pen, 85' Pen), L Taylor (28')
Sat 11 Aug 15:00 - West Midlands Regional League - WMRL Division One

Darlaston leave Bustleholme’s new York Road home with the points

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Three spot kicks from Zuki Stanton and a deft Leon Taylor header secure a 4-1 win

A hat trick of penalties by defender Martin Stanton gave Darlaston a comfortable win at York Road Oldbury. With Ryan Kingdon, Luke Charlton, Jarrod Grant and Tyrone Clarke O'Connell all unavailable Darlaston manager gave a debut to Connor Asbury and club captain Ryan McAllister and Noah Diallo returned to the starting line-up whilst Mark Swann and Gurdeep Wilkoo both made second half debuts.

Darlaston opened brightly and created three good chances in the opening 5 minutes. Firstly, Diallo had a shot blocked before full back Sam Causton made progress down the right flank before cutting inside to unleash a vicious 22-yard shot which rattled against the cross bar with keeper Luke Mauldridge well beaten. A minute later some neat work by Daniel Bolzon set up Antony Follows but the midfielder's 15-yard shot was well saved by Mauldridge.

A Leon Taylor overhead kick went tamely wide whilst Bustleholme’s Jack Whittall was unmarked in the Darlaston penalty area but missed a glorious chance sending his 10-yard header wide.

Bustleholme 1-4 Darlaston (1874) 11.08.18
168 photos

With just 15 minutes on the clock the visitors had forced five corners all coming to nothing. Darlaston's forward play was rewarded in the 17th minute. A right-wing cross from Diallo was met by Taylor's firm goalward bound header but Dane Hughes' outstretched hand denied the striker his first goal of the season as the referee pointed to the spot. Stanton confidently dispatched the spot kick to give the visitors a deserved lead.

Asbury, Bolzon and Follows all had opportunities to extend the lead but were denied by some good goalkeeping and some fine defending. Darlaston doubled their lead in the 28th minute with their seventh corner of the half. A superb deft header by Taylor converting Diallo's pin point corner.

Darlaston were looking confident and in control until two errors at the heart of the defence gave Bustleholme a life line in the 32nd minute. Some sloppy distribution at the back allowed Myles Nettleford to create havoc with a left-wing cross resulting in a corner. From the corner the havoc continued a Chris Norton header bobbled in to the six-yard area Sam Causton's attempted clearance hit the back of Whittaker and rebounded into the net to halve the arrears.

Despite the setback Darlaston responded well and Taylor had two glorious opportunities to extend their lead, firstly he created a fine chance for himself turning two defenders before unleashing a dipping 20-yard angled shot inches over the bar. A minute later Taylor pounced on a poor back pass, but his 12-yard shot was saved by the legs of keeper Mauldridge. On 37 minutes Darlaston were awarded their second penalty when Bolzon was brought down from behind by Ashley Brookes. Stanton again dispatched the spot kick to restore the visitors two goal advantage.

Darlaston were dominant in the opening 45 minutes but the second half was more evenly contested and Bustleholme probably had the edge. Last season's Division One top goal scorer and League Player of the Season Chris Brown was much more influential spraying 40 and 50 yard passes from left to right creating problems for the home defence as Remmell Johnson and Myles Nettleford both responded as Bustleholme tried desperately to get themselves back into the game.

Whittall pounced on a poor back pass by Ryan Jones but Whittaker's legs came to the rescue whilst Brown and Chris Norton both had shots well wide. brown hit the bar with a 20-yard drive and Darlaston weathered the storm to compose themselves forcing several free kicks as the home side became a little over zealous with some of their challenges on Diallo and Bolzon.

With 5 minutes remaining Darlaston were awarded their third penalty of the afternoon when Mark Swann was brought down by Zac Holden, for the third time Stanton stepped up to convert the spot kick, his first hat trick for the club.

The action was not over. On 87 minutes Bustleholme midfielder Chris Norton was sent off for a scything challenge on Bolzon and in the final seconds Leon Taylor turned his defender twice in the box before shooting inches wide from 12 yards.

Albeit very early in a long season, the win takes Darlaston to the top of the table with a maximum 6 points from their opening two games.
This coming Saturday Darlaston are again on their travels as they visit Wellington Amateurs in Shropshire kick off 3.00pm.

Leon Taylor

Player of the Match

Leon Taylor

Key moments

17:00
Scored Penalty Martin Stanton scores a penalty for Darlaston Town (1874)
28:00
Goal Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
32:00
Own Goal Liam Whittaker scores an own goal
37:00
Scored Penalty Martin Stanton scores a penalty for Darlaston Town (1874)
85:00
Scored Penalty Martin Stanton scores a penalty for Darlaston Town (1874)
87:00
Red Card Chris Norton is sent off for Bustleholme

Videos and photos

Bustleholme 1-4 Darlaston (1874) 11.08.18
168 photos

Highlights

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90:00 +7:00 Player of the Match
Leon Taylor is awarded player of the match for Darlaston Town (1874)
89:00 Foul
Sam Causton is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
87:00 Yellow Card
Beckham Braizer is yellow carded for Bustleholme
87:00 Red Card 1 - 4
Chris Norton is sent off for Bustleholme
87:00 Foul
Daniel Bolzon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
85:00 Yellow Card
Zachery Holden is yellow carded for Bustleholme
85:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 4
Martin Stanton scores a penalty for Darlaston Town (1874)
79:00 Sub Off
Jack Whittall is substituted off for Bustleholme
79:00 Sub On
Beckham Braizer is substituted on for Bustleholme
77:00 Missed Shot
Anthony Follows misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
75:00 Sub Off
Noah Diallo is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
75:00 Sub On
Mark Swann is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
73:00 Foul
Noah Diallo is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
73:00 Foul
Daniel Bolzon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
71:00 Foul
Noah Diallo is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
69:00 Missed Shot
Myles Nettleford misses a shot for Bustleholme
69:00 Sub On
Callum Westwood is substituted on for Bustleholme
69:00 Sub Off
James Hawthorn is substituted off for Bustleholme
67:00 Missed Shot
Gurdeep Wilkhoo misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
65:00 Missed Shot
Remmel Johnson misses a shot for Bustleholme
64:00 Missed Shot
Chris Brown misses a shot for Bustleholme
63:00 Sub Off
Connor Asbury is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
63:00 Sub On
Danny Mayne is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
61:00 Missed Shot
Chris Brown misses a shot for Bustleholme
61:00 Sub Off
Ashley Brookes is substituted off for Bustleholme
61:00 Sub On
Zachery Holden is substituted on for Bustleholme
54:00 Sub On
Gurdeep Wilkhoo is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
54:00 Sub Off
Dave Richards is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
54:00 Missed Shot
Chris Norton misses a shot for Bustleholme
52:00 Yellow Card
Iain Beavon is yellow carded for Bustleholme
52:00 Yellow Card
Daniel Wood is yellow carded for Bustleholme
52:00 Yellow Card
Dave Richards is yellow carded for Darlaston Town (1874)
52:00 Yellow Card
Leon Taylor is yellow carded for Darlaston Town (1874)
51:00 Foul
Leon Taylor is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
49:00 Saved Shot
Jack Whittall has a shot saved for Bustleholme
48:00 Foul
Daniel Bolzon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
47:00 Blocked Shot
Chris Brown has a shot blocked for Bustleholme
47:00 Blocked Shot
Remmel Johnson has a shot blocked for Bustleholme
47:00 Foul
Chris Norton is fouled for Bustleholme
End of period 1
45:00 +49:00 Missed Shot
Leon Taylor misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
45:00 +48:00 Foul
Leon Taylor is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
43:00 Missed Shot
Remmel Johnson misses a shot for Bustleholme
40:00 Foul
James Hawthorn is fouled for Bustleholme
37:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 3
Martin Stanton scores a penalty for Darlaston Town (1874)
37:00 Yellow Card
Ashley Brookes is yellow carded for Bustleholme
36:00 Saved Shot
Leon Taylor has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
33:00 Missed Shot
Leon Taylor misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
32:00 Own Goal 1 - 2
Liam Whittaker scores an own goal
28:00 Assist
Noah Diallo makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
28:00 Goal 0 - 2
Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
26:00 Blocked Shot
Connor Asbury has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
24:00 Saved Shot
Remmel Johnson has a shot saved for Bustleholme
22:00 Foul
Daniel Bolzon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
21:00 Blocked Shot
Myles Nettleford has a shot blocked for Bustleholme
17:00 Scored Penalty 0 - 1
Martin Stanton scores a penalty for Darlaston Town (1874)
15:00 Foul
Dave Richards is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
12:00 Blocked Shot
Daniel Bolzon has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
11:00 Foul
Chris Brown is fouled for Bustleholme
10:00 Foul
Chris Brown is fouled for Bustleholme
7:00 Missed Shot
Leon Taylor misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
7:00 Foul
Daniel Bolzon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
4:00 Saved Shot
Anthony Follows has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
3:00 Missed Shot
Sam Causton misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
2:00 Blocked Shot
Noah Diallo has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
1:00 Foul
Noah Diallo is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Bustleholme
  • Darlaston Town (1874)
  • 0
  • Martin Stanton Scored Penalty 17:00'
  • Leon Taylor Goal 28:00'
  • Noah Diallo Assist 28:00'
  • Liam Whittaker Own Goal 32:00'
  • Martin Stanton Scored Penalty 37:00'
  • Ashley Brookes Yellow Card 37:00'
  • Leon Taylor Yellow Card 52:00'
  • Daniel Wood Yellow Card 52:00'
  • Dave Richards Yellow Card 52:00'
  • Iain Beavon Yellow Card 52:00'
  • Dave Richards Sub Off 54:00'
  • Gurdeep Wilkhoo Sub On 54:00'
  • Zachery Holden Sub On 61:00'
  • Ashley Brookes Sub Off 61:00'
  • Connor Asbury Sub Off 63:00'
  • Danny Mayne Sub On 63:00'
  • James Hawthorn Sub Off 69:00'
  • Callum Westwood Sub On 69:00'
  • Noah Diallo Sub Off 75:00'
  • Mark Swann Sub On 75:00'
  • Jack Whittall Sub Off 79:00'
  • Beckham Braizer Sub On 79:00'
  • Martin Stanton Scored Penalty 85:00'
  • Zachery Holden Yellow Card 85:00'
  • Chris Norton Red Card 87:00'
  • Beckham Braizer Yellow Card 87:00'

Team selection

Darlaston Town (1874)
Bustleholme
  • 1. Luke Mauldridge
  • 2. Dane Hughes
  • 3. Ashley Brookes
  • 4. Iain Beavon
  • 5. Daniel Wood
  • 6. Chris Norton
  • 7. Myles Nettleford
  • 8. James Hawthorn
  • 9. Jack Whittall
  • 10. Remmel Johnson
  • 11. Chris Brown
  • 12. Beckham Braizer
  • 13. Nathan Turner
  • 14. Zachery Holden
  • 15. Callum Gibson
  • 16. Callum Westwood

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Darlaston Town (1874) 31 75
2. Worcester Raiders 30 73
3. Droitwich Spa 31 66
4. Sikh Hunters 31 61
5. Team Dudley 32 59
6. Old Wulfrunians 32 49
7. Wrens Nest 30 48

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