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Wellington Amateurs
Darlaston Town (1874)
S Faux (85' Sent Off)
Full time
D Bolzon (17')
Sat 18 Aug 15:00 - West Midlands Regional League - WMRL Division One

Darlaston show real steel and togetherness to bring the points home

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A different kind of Darlaston performance ensures the unbeaten run continues

Darlaston maintained their 100% start to the season with a hard fought win in Shropshire.

Manager Parkes once again made changes to last weeks winning side at Bustleholme, David Richards, was out with injury, Conner Asbury was relegated to the bench and replaced by Danny Mayne. Several players were also unavailable because of holidays and commitments, but at least Parkes was able to welcome back the exciting all-action midfielder Jarrod Grant, who made the bench.

Darlaston opened the game full of confidence, Daniel Bolzon failing to convert with a 15 yard shot. The tone of the game was set in the opening 10 minutes, the home side conceding 7 free kicks in a scrappy opening, neither side able to assert any authority.

Wellington Amateurs 0-1 Darlaston (1874) 18.08.18
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The visitors were denied a penalty on 15 minutes when Bolzon burst into the box but the referee was the only person in the ground who saw Adam Vernon's tackle as fair. As the pressure mounted on the home goal the visitors took the lead in the 17th minute following an excellent four man move. Overlapping full back Sam Causton and Noah Diallo combined down the right flank, Diallo passed inside to Leon Taylor who turned his marker and laid the ball off to Bolzon who scored his first goal for the club driving the ball under keeper Scott Hoof from 12 yards.

Neither side were particularly fluent and passes were going astray.

Wellington centre half Justin Worthington was causing a threat at set pieces and on 26 minutes set up Jake Challoner, heading across goal from a free kick but Challoner was denied a shot at goal by the offside flag. The home side were getting more of a foothold in the game with some impressive long raking pin point passes from Justin Worthington and the influential Jaton Vernon finding Stephen Faux and Tom Worthington beyond the Darlaston defence, fortunately for the visitors neither could capitalise and convert difficult chances.

Faux hit the bar on 38 minutes with keeper Liam Whittaker stranded. Darlaston's response was immediate Danny Mayne forcing keeper Hoof into a smart save and on the stroke of half time Mayne's snap shot from 15 yards grazed the foot of the post.

Darlaston just had the edge in the opening 45 minutes and started the 2nd half in similar fashion, Danny Mayne going on a mazy run before bringing off another fine save by Hoof.

As the half progressed, the home side pushed forward and were impressive with Justin Worthington and Vernon putting the visitors under pressure with several pin point 40 yard passes putting the visitors defence under pressure forcing them to concede several free kicks but they stood resolute under some intense pressure.

Darlaston had a great chance to double their lead in the 63rd minute. Leon Taylor pounced on a stray back pass before rounding keeper hoof who forced Taylor wide, the striker shot from an acute angle but the ball went wide missing the far post by inches.

On 75 minutes some superb skill by substitute Jarrod Grant saw him turn Dale Meredith inside out before finding Antony Follows who set up Taylor. Unfortunately for the large travelling contingent of Darlo supporters Taylor found keeper Hoof in fine form with a smart save.

Wellington should've equalised two minutes later , the impressive Steve Faux guilty of a glaring miss. Keeper Liam Whittaker parried away a George Lees shot into the path of Faux who blasted against the bar from 3 yards when it looked easier to score.

Darlaston striker Daniel Bolzon was the subject of several heavy challenges and finally on 87 minutes the referee lost patience sending off Faux for two late challenges in the space of two minutes, forcing Bolzon to be substituted with a nasty knee injury.

The visitors comfortably saw out the final few minutes.

Overall Darlaston just about edged the game and were worthy of the 3 points. Wellington were a big strong physical team with plenty of skill and will undoubtedly finish in the top six this season.

Darlaston now embark on two difficult home games in the space of 3 days. This Saturday they entertain League newcomers Droitwich Spa who are the only other team in the Division to boast a 100% start to the season and on Bank Holiday Monday they have a local derby against Tipton Town. Both games are at The Paycare Ground, Bentley Road North, Bentley Walsall WS2 0EA KO 3.00pm

Luke Charlton

Player of the Match

Luke Charlton

Key moments

17:00
Goal Daniel Bolzon scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
85:00
Red Card Stephen Faux is sent off for Wellington Amateurs

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Highlights

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90:00 +7:00 Player of the Match
Luke Charlton is awarded player of the match for Darlaston Town (1874)
90:00 +1:00 Saved Shot
Jarrod Grant has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
88:00 Missed Shot
Martin Rudd misses a shot for Wellington Amateurs
88:00 Sub On
Martin Rudd is substituted on for Wellington Amateurs
88:00 Sub Off
Dale Meredith is substituted off for Wellington Amateurs
85:00 Sub On
Connor Asbury is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
85:00 Foul
Daniel Bolzon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
85:00 Sub Off
Daniel Bolzon is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
85:00 Yellow Card
Stephen Faux is yellow carded for Wellington Amateurs
85:00 Red Card 0 - 1
Stephen Faux is sent off for Wellington Amateurs
81:00 Foul
Scott Hoof is fouled for Wellington Amateurs
79:00 Yellow Card
Justin Worthington is yellow carded for Wellington Amateurs
79:00 Foul
Matthew Hinton is fouled for Wellington Amateurs
79:00 Yellow Card
Daniel Bolzon is yellow carded for Darlaston Town (1874)
78:00 Missed Shot
Stephen Faux misses a shot for Wellington Amateurs
77:00 Saved Shot
George Lees has a shot saved for Wellington Amateurs
76:00 Sub Off
Noah Diallo is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
76:00 Sub On
Joshua Tolley is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
75:00 Saved Shot
Leon Taylor has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
72:00 Foul
Daniel Bolzon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
72:00 Foul
Jarrod Grant is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
72:00 Yellow Card
Jaton Vernon is yellow carded for Wellington Amateurs
72:00 Sub On
Matthew Hinton is substituted on for Wellington Amateurs
72:00 Sub Off
Tom Worthington is substituted off for Wellington Amateurs
70:00 Saved Shot
George Lees has a shot saved for Wellington Amateurs
70:00 Saved Shot
Daniel Bolzon has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
68:00 Sub On
George Lees is substituted on for Wellington Amateurs
68:00 Sub Off
Adam Vernon is substituted off for Wellington Amateurs
65:00 Foul
Ryan Jones is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
65:00 Yellow Card
Stephen Faux is yellow carded for Wellington Amateurs
64:00 Blocked Shot
Jaton Vernon has a shot blocked for Wellington Amateurs
63:00 Missed Shot
Leon Taylor misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
59:00 Foul
Dale Meredith is fouled for Wellington Amateurs
58:00 Foul
Martin Stanton is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
58:00 Foul
Jake Challoner is fouled for Wellington Amateurs
56:00 Yellow Card
Luke Charlton is yellow carded for Darlaston Town (1874)
56:00 Foul
Jake Challoner is fouled for Wellington Amateurs
54:00 Foul
Justin Worthington is fouled for Wellington Amateurs
52:00 Sub Off
Danny Mayne is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
52:00 Sub On
Jarrod Grant is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
49:00 Missed Shot
Tom Worthington misses a shot for Wellington Amateurs
45:00 Saved Shot
Danny Mayne has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
End of period 1
44:00 Missed Shot
Danny Mayne misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
43:00 Foul
Luke Charlton is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
42:00 Foul
Stephen Faux is fouled for Wellington Amateurs
42:00 Saved Shot
Alex Scott has a shot saved for Wellington Amateurs
41:00 Foul
Marc Perry is fouled for Wellington Amateurs
40:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Jones is yellow carded for Darlaston Town (1874)
40:00 Foul
Tom Worthington is fouled for Wellington Amateurs
40:00 Blocked Shot
Jake Challoner has a shot blocked for Wellington Amateurs
39:00 Saved Shot
Danny Mayne has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
38:00 Missed Shot
Stephen Faux misses a shot for Wellington Amateurs
36:00 Saved Shot
Marc Perry has a shot saved for Wellington Amateurs
35:00 Foul
Noah Diallo is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
35:00 Foul
Justin Worthington is fouled for Wellington Amateurs
34:00 Missed Shot
Leon Taylor misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
29:00 Foul
Stephen Faux is fouled for Wellington Amateurs
29:00 Yellow Card
Danny Mayne is yellow carded for Darlaston Town (1874)
28:00 Foul
Jaton Vernon is fouled for Wellington Amateurs
26:00 Missed Penalty
Marc Perry misses a penalty for Wellington Amateurs
25:00 Foul
Stephen Faux is fouled for Wellington Amateurs
22:00 Foul
Luke Charlton is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
21:00 Missed Penalty
Stephen Faux misses a penalty for Wellington Amateurs
17:00 Assist
Leon Taylor makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
17:00 Goal 0 - 1
Daniel Bolzon scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
16:00 Foul
Marc Perry is fouled for Wellington Amateurs
14:00 Foul
Leon Taylor is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
13:00 Missed Shot
Adam Vernon misses a shot for Wellington Amateurs
12:00 Foul
Marc Perry is fouled for Wellington Amateurs
11:00 Foul
Luke Charlton is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
8:00 Foul
Justin Worthington is fouled for Wellington Amateurs
5:00 Foul
Marc Perry is fouled for Wellington Amateurs
5:00 Foul
Jake Challoner is fouled for Wellington Amateurs
4:00 Foul
Danny Mayne is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
1:00 Foul
Adam Vernon is fouled for Wellington Amateurs
1:00 Blocked Shot
Daniel Bolzon has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Wellington Amateurs
  • Darlaston Town (1874)
  • 0
  • Daniel Bolzon Goal 17:00'
  • Leon Taylor Assist 17:00'
  • Stephen Faux Missed Penalty 21:00'
  • Marc Perry Missed Penalty 26:00'
  • Danny Mayne Yellow Card 29:00'
  • Ryan Jones Yellow Card 40:00'
  • Danny Mayne Sub Off 52:00'
  • Jarrod Grant Sub On 52:00'
  • Luke Charlton Yellow Card 56:00'
  • Stephen Faux Yellow Card 65:00'
  • George Lees Sub On 68:00'
  • Adam Vernon Sub Off 68:00'
  • Matthew Hinton Sub On 72:00'
  • Tom Worthington Sub Off 72:00'
  • Jaton Vernon Yellow Card 72:00'
  • Joshua Tolley Sub On 76:00'
  • Noah Diallo Sub Off 76:00'
  • Daniel Bolzon Yellow Card 79:00'
  • Justin Worthington Yellow Card 79:00'
  • Daniel Bolzon Sub Off 85:00'
  • Connor Asbury Sub On 85:00'
  • Stephen Faux Yellow Card 85:00'
  • Stephen Faux Red Card 85:00'
  • Dale Meredith Sub Off 88:00'
  • Martin Rudd Sub On 88:00'

Team selection

Darlaston Town (1874)
Wellington Amateurs
  • 1. Scott Hoof
  • 2. Dale Meredith
  • 3. Alex Scott
  • 4. Aaron Powell
  • 5. Justin Worthington
  • 6. Marc Perry
  • 7. Jake Challoner
  • 8. Jaton Vernon
  • 9. Stephen Faux
  • 10. Adam Vernon
  • 11. Tom Worthington
  • 12. George Lees
  • 13. Matthew Hinton
  • 14. Martin Rudd
  • 15. Thomas Hodson
  • 16. Daniel James

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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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