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Darlaston Town (1874)
Tipton Town
L Taylor (34', 68'), J Tolley (59')
Full time
Mon 27 Aug 15:00 - West Midlands Regional League - WMRL Division One Attendance 188

Darlaston dominate Black Country derby at The Paycare Ground

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The largest crowd of the season witness Darlaston run out 3-0 winners against a youthful Tipton Town side

A Bank Holiday crowd of 188 saw Darlaston extend their winning start to the season to five games with a comfortable win against local rivals Tipton Town.

Despite missing six first team regulars and turning in a below par performance a brace of goals from Leon Taylor and Josh Tolley's first goal for the club ensured their perfect start to the season continued.

The opening half hour was mediocre with little of note. Neither side were allow each other to play fluent football a Ben Lavin header and a TJ Davies for the visitors and an excellent save by Tipton keeper Holloway from a Taylor header being the only efforts worthy of note. Otherwise the period was littered with silly free kicks by both sides.

Darlaston Town v Tipton Town 27-8-18
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The game started to open up and a Ryan Kingdon shot on 33 minutes went wide but seemed to spur the home team to action. The following minute saw the best move of the half resulting in a goal for Darlaston. The recalled Anthony Follows won the ball in midfield , made progress down the right and picked out Taylor with a superb 25 yard pass, Taylor eluded the attentions of his marker Sam Armstrong , chested down the pass and unleashed a vicious 12 yard volley beyond Holloway. Darlaston forced three corners all of which were cleared by former Darlaston man Scott Broadway. Broadway had a shot blocked by Mark Swann and the two teams entered the half time break with Darlaston just about deserving their lead.

Tipton opened the second half brightly and within 2 minutes of the restart had a glorious opportunity to equalise, Davies's pace took him clear of the home defence but lacked composure to finish as his 22 yard shot went wide of keeper Hickman's left hand post. Richard Smith and Sam Hesson both had shots or saved for the visitors whilst a superb run by Danny Mayne saw the home forward shoot wide with an angled shot from 15 yards .

Darlaston started to get the upper hand again and doubled their lead on 59 minutes. A left wing corner from Noah Diallo was met by Josh Tolley at the far post , the youngster heading home unopposed from 6 yards. Less than 60 seconds later Tolley was denied by the post with a 10 yard and a goal line clearance that appeared to have crossed the line, but referee Berridge waived away Darlaston’s appeals. Effort. The chance was created by a classy piece of skill and superb run and cross by Danny Mayne.

Darlaston were now on top and Tipton were limited to rare breaks without creating any clear chances as the home side turned up the pressure on the overworked Tipton defence. Mark Swann's header from another Diallo corner was heading into the net but was cleared by a last-ditch goal line clearance, despite claims that the ball had crossed the line for the second time in the half.

The game was put beyond doubt in the 68th minute when Taylor netted his second goal and 5th in five games. Not for the first time, a Ryan Jones free kick caused havoc in the Tipton defence and Taylor rose higher than keeper Holloway to head home from 10 yards into an empty net.

The final 20 minutes of the game saw Tolley (twice), Kingdon and Swann miss chances whilst for Tipton two long range free kicks by TJ Davies came to nothing.

After a lack lustre opening 30 minutes, Darlaston picked up the pace and despite the odd scare or two from Davies and Broadway, they generally had the upper hand, their quality and fitness more evident in the final 30 minutes as in the end they ran out comfortable winners.

Next Saturday Darlaston take a break from League action, something they probably don’t want to do given the outstanding start to the season. The Paycare Ground will be prepared for the visit of Warstone Wanderers from,Division Two of the West Midlands (Regional) League for a first round J.W. Hunt game. Kick off is 3 pm.

Leon Taylor

Player of the Match

Leon Taylor

Key moments

34:00
Goal Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
59:00
Goal Joshua Tolley scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
68:00
Goal Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)

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Darlaston Town v Tipton Town 27-8-18
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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)
87:00 Saved Shot
Ryan Kingdon has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
86:00 Sub Off
Joshua Tolley is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
86:00 Sub On
Mason Hodgson is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
80:00 Sub On
Jack Prosser is substituted on for Tipton Town
80:00 Sub Off
Ben Lavin is substituted off for Tipton Town
80:00 Missed Shot
Terrance Davis misses a shot for Tipton Town
80:00 Foul
Terrance Davis is fouled for Tipton Town
79:00 Foul
Noah Diallo is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
79:00 Sub Off
Danny Mayne is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
79:00 Sub On
Connor Asbury is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
77:00 Foul
James Thompson is fouled for Tipton Town
76:00 Yellow Card
Sam Causton is yellow carded for Darlaston Town (1874)
76:00 Foul
Richard Smith is fouled for Tipton Town
75:00 Missed Shot
Joshua Tolley misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
75:00 Sub Off
Dave Richards is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
75:00 Sub On
Gurdeep Wilkhoo is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
73:00 Foul
Scott Broadway is fouled for Tipton Town
71:00 Foul
Noah Diallo is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
71:00 Yellow Card
Matthew Payne is yellow carded for Tipton Town
70:00 Saved Shot
Joshua Tolley has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
70:00 Foul
Danny Mayne is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
69:00 Foul
Harry Reuben is fouled for Tipton Town
68:00 Assist
Ryan Jones makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
68:00 Goal 3 - 0
Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
67:00 Foul
Dave Richards is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
64:00 Foul
Scott Broadway is fouled for Tipton Town
60:00 Missed Shot
Joshua Tolley misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
59:00 Assist
Noah Diallo makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
59:00 Goal 2 - 0
Joshua Tolley scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
56:00 Missed Shot
Danny Mayne misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
54:00 Foul
Sam Armstrong is fouled for Tipton Town
53:00 Blocked Shot
Richard Smith has a shot blocked for Tipton Town
50:00 Yellow Card
Mark Swann is yellow carded for Darlaston Town (1874)
50:00 Foul
Scott Broadway is fouled for Tipton Town
49:00 Foul
Richard Smith is fouled for Tipton Town
48:00 Foul
Sam Causton is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
47:00 Missed Shot
Terrance Davis misses a shot for Tipton Town
End of period 1
44:00 Foul
Ryan Kingdon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
43:00 Foul
Danny Mayne is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
41:00 Foul
Sam Armstrong is fouled for Tipton Town
38:00 Blocked Shot
Scott Broadway has a shot blocked for Tipton Town
36:00 Foul
Danny Mayne is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
34:00 Assist
Anthony Follows makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
34:00 Goal 1 - 0
Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
33:00 Missed Shot
Ryan Kingdon misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
31:00 Foul
Ryan Kingdon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
30:00 Foul
Ben Lavin is fouled for Tipton Town
21:00 Foul
Anthony Follows is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
21:00 Foul
Leon Taylor is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
18:00 Foul
Tom Taylor is fouled for Tipton Town
15:00 Foul
Noah Diallo is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
7:00 Foul
Sam Hesson is fouled for Tipton Town
3:00 Missed Shot
Mark Swann misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
2:00 Foul
Matthew Payne is fouled for Tipton Town
2:00 Foul
Ryan Jones is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
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As it happened

  • Darlaston Town (1874)
  • Tipton Town
  • 0
  • Leon Taylor Goal 34:00'
  • Anthony Follows Assist 34:00'
  • Mark Swann Yellow Card 50:00'
  • Joshua Tolley Goal 59:00'
  • Noah Diallo Assist 59:00'
  • Leon Taylor Goal 68:00'
  • Ryan Jones Assist 68:00'
  • Matthew Payne Yellow Card 71:00'
  • Gurdeep Wilkhoo Sub On 75:00'
  • Dave Richards Sub Off 75:00'
  • Sam Causton Yellow Card 76:00'
  • Danny Mayne Sub Off 79:00'
  • Connor Asbury Sub On 79:00'
  • Ben Lavin Sub Off 80:00'
  • Jack Prosser Sub On 80:00'
  • Joshua Tolley Sub Off 86:00'
  • Mason Hodgson Sub On 86:00'

Team selection

Darlaston Town (1874)
Tipton Town
  • 1. Dale Holloway
  • 2. James Thompson
  • 3. Tom Taylor
  • 4. Harry Reuben
  • 5. Sam Armstrong
  • 6. Matthew Payne
  • 7. Ben Lavin
  • 8. Sam Hesson
  • 9. Richard Smith
  • 10. Terrance Davis
  • 11. Scott Broadway
  • 12. Matthew Hogg
  • 13. Leyton Gould
  • 14. Jack Prosser
  • 15. Connor Scott

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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 31 61
5. Team Dudley 32 59
6. Wrens Nest 31 51
7. Old Wulfrunians 32 49

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