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Darlaston Town (1874)
Droitwich Spa
L Taylor (33', 64'), N Diallo (69')
Full time
C Townley (25' Pen)
Sat 25 Aug 15:00 - West Midlands Regional League - WMRL Division One Attendance 147

Darlaston see off new League newcomers and end their 100% start to the season

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Two Leon Taylor strikes and Noah Diallo's first of the season see Darlaston maintain their 100% record

The strength of Darlaston's squad was evident as despite having five players unavailable a superb all-round performance saw them extend their 100% winning start to the season to four games as they beat Droitwich spa in an excellent game at The Paycare Ground.

Both sides started the game well in front of a good-sized crowd and as early as the 5th minute the home side came within an inch of opening the scoring. Josh Tolley won the ball and following a marauding run down the right his superb cross was within an inch of the head of Leon Taylor in the 6-yard box. A minute later Mark Swann's header from a Noah Diallo corner brought a fine full-length diving save from visiting keeper Sam Hawker.

Droitwich also with a 100% winning start to the season responded with a Brad Burgess effort well wide. Noah Diallo for the home side and James Lemon for the visitors were the stand out players and some excellent work by Diallo set up a chance for Jarrod Grant but the youngster dragged his shot wide.

Darlaston Town v Droitwich 25-8-18
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Against the run of play the visitors took the lead in the 24th minute. a through ball caught the home defence flat footed and the impressive James lemon broke clear, as he raced into the box an attempted challenge by keeper Liam Whittaker, saw the forward stumble slightly but Droitwich continued and had two attempts at goal including one rattling the bar as the Darlaston defence recovered their ground. Unfortunately for the home side some 15 seconds after Whittaker's original challenge the referee awarded a penalty kick. Curtis Townley duly dispatched the spot kick low to Whittaker's right.

Despite the setback Darlaston's response was immediate a strike from distance from Grant went high and wide whilst Diallo brought a good save from Hawker. The equaliser came on 33 minutes and Diallo was again at the heart of the action his 12-yard shot was parried by Hawker and Taylor was on hand to smash home into an empty net.

Both sides were playing some excellent football entertaining the crowd in the sunshine and a 1-1 scoreline at half time was fair on both teams.
James Lemon continued to be a thorn in the side of the home defence as he prompted and probed, forcing keeper Whittaker into making a good save. Diallo dragged a shot wide whilst a Brad Burgess tame effort was comfortably saved by Whittaker.

On 62 minutes a poor challenge by Townley on Daniel Bolzon saw a yellow card produced and a 25-yard free kick for the home side. Diallo stepped up to take it and a superb strike saw his goal bound effort tipped onto the post by keeper Hawker with the faintest of fingertip saves.
Two minutes later Darlaston took a deserved lead. The ever-alert Leon Taylor pounced on a poor back pass by Matthew Hunt, rounded keeper Hawker and confidently scored from 10 yards.

The goal gave the home side a confidence boost and on 68 minutes Swann was within inches of extending the lead with his 8-yard header agonisingly drifting wide. The home fans did not have long to wait for a 3rd goal and it came on 69 minutes with a glorious four man move rounded off with a goal of the highest quality. Josh Tolley won the ball on the right, laid it off to Taylor, Bolzon who wrong footed the visitors defence with a neat step over the dummy leaving the ball to Jarrod Grant provided the inch perfect pass to enable Diallo to superbly curl a 20-yard shot into the corner of the net giving Hawker no chance.

Just 3 minutes later the visitors were given a lifeline when Sam Causton brought down Hayden Morris in the penalty area. Townley again stepped up to take the spot kick this time placing it in the bottom left hand corner, but home keeper Whittaker pulled off an excellent save diving low to his left to keep the two-goal advantage intact.

Morris and Lemon both had efforts blocked by Ryan Jones, but it was the home side who had the chance to extend their lead further when a superb Leon Taylor header was plucked from the air by Hawker to deny the striker a hat trick.

In a superb advert for West Midlands Regional League football both sides played their part in a thoroughly entertaining game with Darlaston emerging as deserved winners.

Mark Swann

Player of the Match

Mark Swann

Key moments

25:00
Scored Penalty Curtis Townley scores a penalty for Droitwich Spa
33:00
Goal Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
64:00
Goal Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
69:00
Goal Noah Diallo scores for Darlaston Town (1874)

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Darlaston Town v Droitwich 25-8-18
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Highlights

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90:00 +7:00 Player of the Match
Mark Swann is awarded player of the match for Darlaston Town (1874)
88:00 Sub On
Connor Asbury is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
88:00 Sub On
Daniel Bolzon is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
85:00 Foul
Jack Davies is fouled for Droitwich Spa
84:00 Sub Off
Noah Diallo is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
84:00 Blocked Shot
Hayden Morris has a shot blocked for Droitwich Spa
84:00 Blocked Shot
James Lemon has a shot blocked for Droitwich Spa
84:00 Sub On
Danny Mayne is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
82:00 Sub On
Ollie Thompson is substituted on for Droitwich Spa
82:00 Sub Off
Brad Burgess is substituted off for Droitwich Spa
81:00 Foul
Brad Burgess is fouled for Droitwich Spa
81:00 Yellow Card
Gurdeep Wilkhoo is yellow carded for Darlaston Town (1874)
80:00 Foul
James Lemon is fouled for Droitwich Spa
79:00 Foul
Cory Rudd is fouled for Droitwich Spa
78:00 Foul
Curtis Townley is fouled for Droitwich Spa
77:00 Sub On
Gurdeep Wilkhoo is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
77:00 Sub Off
Jarrod Grant is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
76:00 Foul
Daniel Bolzon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
74:00 Foul
Daniel Bolzon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
72:00 Saved Penalty
Liam Whittaker saves a penalty for Darlaston Town (1874)
72:00 Missed Penalty
Curtis Townley misses a penalty for Droitwich Spa
72:00 Yellow Card
Sam Causton is yellow carded for Darlaston Town (1874)
71:00 Foul
Mark Burrows is fouled for Droitwich Spa
69:00 Assist
Jarrod Grant makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
69:00 Goal 3 - 1
Noah Diallo scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
66:00 Foul
Joshua Tolley is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
65:00 Foul
Brad Burgess is fouled for Droitwich Spa
64:00 Goal 2 - 1
Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
62:00 Saved Shot
Noah Diallo has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
61:00 Yellow Card
Curtis Townley is yellow carded for Droitwich Spa
61:00 Foul
Daniel Bolzon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
59:00 Foul
Matthew Hunt is fouled for Droitwich Spa
58:00 Foul
James Lemon is fouled for Droitwich Spa
57:00 Foul
James Lemon is fouled for Droitwich Spa
57:00 Foul
Ryan Jones is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
56:00 Blocked Shot
Daniel Bolzon has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
55:00 Saved Shot
Brad Burgess has a shot saved for Droitwich Spa
51:00 Yellow Card
Matthew Hunt is yellow carded for Droitwich Spa
51:00 Foul
Ryan Jones is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
50:00 Missed Shot
Noah Diallo misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
46:00 Saved Shot
Jack Davies has a shot saved for Droitwich Spa
46:00 Foul
Mark Burrows is fouled for Droitwich Spa
End of period 1
44:00 Foul
Hayden Morris is fouled for Droitwich Spa
44:00 Yellow Card
Dave Richards is yellow carded for Darlaston Town (1874)
43:00 Missed Shot
Jarrod Grant misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
42:00 Blocked Shot
Jack Davies has a shot blocked for Droitwich Spa
33:00 Assist
Noah Diallo makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
33:00 Saved Shot
Noah Diallo has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
33:00 Goal 1 - 1
Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
29:00 Missed Shot
Jarrod Grant misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
28:00 Foul
Daniel Bolzon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
25:00 Scored Penalty 0 - 1
Curtis Townley scores a penalty for Droitwich Spa
24:00 Missed Shot
James Lemon misses a shot for Droitwich Spa
24:00 Blocked Shot
Hayden Morris has a shot blocked for Droitwich Spa
19:00 Foul
James Lemon is fouled for Droitwich Spa
14:00 Foul
Ryan Kingdon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
13:00 Saved Shot
Jarrod Grant has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
9:00 Missed Shot
Brad Burgess misses a shot for Droitwich Spa
2:00 Foul
Ryan Jones is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
1:00 Foul
Dave Richards is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
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As it happened

  • Darlaston Town (1874)
  • Droitwich Spa
  • 0
  • Curtis Townley Scored Penalty 25:00'
  • Leon Taylor Goal 33:00'
  • Noah Diallo Assist 33:00'
  • Dave Richards Yellow Card 44:00'
  • Matthew Hunt Yellow Card 51:00'
  • Curtis Townley Yellow Card 61:00'
  • Leon Taylor Goal 64:00'
  • Noah Diallo Goal 69:00'
  • Jarrod Grant Assist 69:00'
  • Liam Whittaker Saved Penalty 72:00'
  • Curtis Townley Missed Penalty 72:00'
  • Sam Causton Yellow Card 72:00'
  • Jarrod Grant Sub Off 77:00'
  • Gurdeep Wilkhoo Sub On 77:00'
  • Gurdeep Wilkhoo Yellow Card 81:00'
  • Brad Burgess Sub Off 82:00'
  • Ollie Thompson Sub On 82:00'
  • Noah Diallo Sub Off 84:00'
  • Danny Mayne Sub On 84:00'
  • Daniel Bolzon Sub On 88:00'
  • Connor Asbury Sub On 88:00'

Team selection

Darlaston Town (1874)
Droitwich Spa
  • 1. Saey Hawker
  • 2. Matthew Hunt
  • 3. Curtis Townley
  • 4. Mark Burrows
  • 5. Mike Seeley
  • 6. Cory Rudd
  • 7. Brad Burgess
  • 8. Andy Crowther
  • 9. James Lemon
  • 10. Jack Davies
  • 11. Hayden Morris
  • 12. Jack Allerton
  • 13. Josh Szikora-Warmington
  • 14. Jonathan Brooks
  • 15. Ollie Thompson
  • 16. Henry Davis

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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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