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Darlaston Town (1874)
Willenhall Town
T Clarke-O'Connell (33'), L Taylor (53', 91'), D Mayne (69'), R Kingdon (89')
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Sat 22 Sep 15:00 - West Midlands Regional League - WMRL Division One Attendance 101

An Outstanding Second Half Performance Secures Local Derby Win

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Three assists and two goals from Leon Taylor goes a long way to help Darlaston's winning feeling return

Darlaston returned to winning ways with a comprehensive 6-0 win against local rivals Willenhall Town.

Darlaston opened brightly Leon Taylor, Mark Swann and Tyrone Clarke-O’Connell all having efforts on goal in the first 5 minutes without troubling the visitor’s keeper.

The visitors were forced into an early change in the 13th minute losing Mark Webster to injury to be replaced by Steven Stearn. Both sides were trying to play out from the back, Darlaston having more success, a powerful Mark Swann header was blocked, Danny Mayne having two further efforts on target.

Darlaston Town v Willenhall Town 22-9-2018
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Willenhall’s only effort of the first half came on 19 minutes, centre half Connor Fellows heading wide from a left wing corner.

Whilst Darlaston were on top they were not playing their normal flowing football and the game became a midfield battle with little by way of quality or clear-cut chances.

The pressure eventually paid dividends when the home team took the lead in the 33rd minute with the best move of the game to date. Leon Taylor who had an outstanding afternoon, threaded a through ball to Tyrone Clarke-O’Connell who scored past keeper Shearing from 10 yards.

Darlaston were in charge for the remainder of the half and went into the half time break 1-0 up thanks to an outstanding last-ditch tackle from right back Sammy Causton ending a speedy Willenhall counter attack from a Darlaston corner.

The second half was a different affair as Darlaston raised the pace and overran Willenhall who could not find the answer to contain Taylor who had an outstanding half whilst debutant Danny Turton was superb at the heart of the home defence thwarting rare Willenhall attacks.

On 53 minutes a sweeping move from well inside the Darlaston half ended with Leon Taylor scoring his first of the afternoon after a fine run from Sam Causton down the home sides right hand side.

The pressure on the Willenhall goal continued to mount and the home side were within inches of adding a third goal, a Danny Mayne curling effort narrowly missed the post in the 58th minute. Keeper Shearing was kept busy making further saves from Alex Solomon and Mayne.

The game was put beyond the reach of the visitors on 69 minutes, the industrious Danny Mayne finding the net. Man of the match Leon Taylor once again got behind the static Willenhall line, squaring the ball to Mayne who easily slotted home from 8 yards.

Darlaston were now rampant and in the 74th minute Taylor was at it again with his third assist of the afternoon, laying the ball off to fellow forward Mark Swann to score from 6 yards.

Willenhall’s best effort of the afternoon came on 87 minutes a Damian Wood effort from distance forcing Ryan Pratt into an outstanding fingertip save to keep his goal intact.

Darlaston hadn’t finished scoring yet, adding two goals in the last three minutes of the game. A superb move ending in Ryan Kingdon's first ever goal for the club. Taylor rounded off the scoring with a superb individual goal, fed through by substitute Wilkhoo Taylor beat two players inside the box, turning Richard Wharton before driving home from an acute angle.

Giving Darlaston a 6-0 win and a return to winning ways. Next week Darlaston travel to Telford to play Telford Juniors kick off 3 pm. Further details of the fixture will be released during the week.

Daniel Turton

Player of the Match

Daniel Turton

Key moments

33:00
Goal Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
53:00
Goal Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
69:00
Goal Danny Mayne scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
89:00
Goal Ryan Kingdon scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
90:00 +1:00
Goal Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)

Videos and photos

Darlaston Town v Willenhall Town 22-9-2018
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Highlights

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90:00 +7:00 Player of the Match
Daniel Turton is awarded player of the match for Darlaston Town (1874)
90:00 +2:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Noah Diallo
90:00 +1:00 Goal 5 - 0
Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
90:00 +1:00 Assist
Gurdeep Wilkhoo makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
90:00 Foul
Damian Wood is fouled for Willenhall Town
89:00 Assist
Noah Diallo makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
89:00 Goal 4 - 0
Ryan Kingdon scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
88:00 Corner taken
Corner for Willenhall Town taken by Steve Stearn
87:00 Saved Shot
Damian Wood has a shot saved for Willenhall Town
87:00 Corner taken
Corner for Willenhall Town taken by Steve Stearn
86:00 Foul
Matthew Bayliss is fouled for Willenhall Town
84:00 Missed Shot
Leon Taylor misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
83:00 Sub Off
Alex Solomon is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
83:00 Sub On
Gurdeep Wilkhoo is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
76:00 Sub On
Noah Diallo is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
76:00 Sub Off
Danny Mayne is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
75:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Danny Mayne
74:00 Foul
Mark Swann is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
74:00 Assist
Leon Taylor makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
70:00 Foul
Matthew Bayliss is fouled for Willenhall Town
69:00 Goal 3 - 0
Danny Mayne scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
69:00 Assist
Leon Taylor makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
67:00 Sub On
Dilpreet Sandhu is substituted on for Willenhall Town
67:00 Sub Off
Louis Leach is substituted off for Willenhall Town
63:00 Sub Off
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
63:00 Sub On
Ryan Kingdon is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
62:00 Foul
Alex Solomon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
62:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Danny Mayne
62:00 Saved Shot
Alex Solomon has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
61:00 Saved Shot
Danny Mayne has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
61:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Danny Mayne
58:00 Missed Shot
Danny Mayne misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
58:00 Foul
Alex Solomon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
57:00 Missed Shot
Alex Solomon misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
53:00 Goal 2 - 0
Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
53:00 Assist
Sam Causton makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
End of period 1
43:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Danny Mayne
43:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Danny Mayne
37:00 Foul
Alex Solomon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
35:00 Foul
Alex Solomon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
34:00 Missed Shot
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
33:00 Assist
Leon Taylor makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
33:00 Goal 1 - 0
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
31:00 Foul
Alex Solomon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
31:00 Foul
Amari Shaw is fouled for Willenhall Town
30:00 Foul
Cory Endsor is fouled for Willenhall Town
28:00 Corner taken
Corner for Willenhall Town taken by Louis Leach
26:00 Foul
Daniel Turton is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
25:00 Foul
Amari Shaw is fouled for Willenhall Town
23:00 Foul
Louis Leach is fouled for Willenhall Town
18:00 Foul
Cory Endsor is fouled for Willenhall Town
17:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Danny Mayne
13:00 Missed Shot
Danny Mayne misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
13:00 Sub Off
Mark Webster is substituted off for Willenhall Town
13:00 Sub On
Steve Stearn is substituted on for Willenhall Town
13:00 Foul
Steve Stearn is fouled for Willenhall Town
12:00 Missed Shot
Mark Swann misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
10:00 Foul
Tom Rayson is fouled for Willenhall Town
8:00 Saved Shot
Ryan Jones has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
6:00 Missed Shot
Danny Mayne misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
5:00 Saved Shot
Amari Shaw has a shot saved for Willenhall Town
5:00 Corner taken
Corner for Willenhall Town taken by Louis Leach
4:00 Foul
Matthew Bayliss is fouled for Willenhall Town
4:00 Foul
Danny Mayne is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
3:00 Missed Shot
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
3:00 Blocked Shot
Alex Solomon has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
2:00 Foul
Matthew Bayliss is fouled for Willenhall Town
1:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Danny Mayne
1:00 Blocked Shot
Leon Taylor has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
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As it happened

  • Darlaston Town (1874)
  • Willenhall Town
  • 0
  • Mark Webster Sub Off 13:00'
  • Steve Stearn Sub On 13:00'
  • Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell Goal 33:00'
  • Leon Taylor Assist 33:00'
  • Leon Taylor Goal 53:00'
  • Sam Causton Assist 53:00'
  • Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell Sub Off 63:00'
  • Ryan Kingdon Sub On 63:00'
  • Louis Leach Sub Off 67:00'
  • Dilpreet Sandhu Sub On 67:00'
  • Leon Taylor Assist 69:00'
  • Danny Mayne Goal 69:00'
  • Leon Taylor Assist 74:00'
  • Danny Mayne Sub Off 76:00'
  • Noah Diallo Sub On 76:00'
  • Alex Solomon Sub Off 83:00'
  • Gurdeep Wilkhoo Sub On 83:00'
  • Ryan Kingdon Goal 89:00'
  • Noah Diallo Assist 89:00'
  • Leon Taylor Goal 90:00 +1:00'
  • Gurdeep Wilkhoo Assist 90:00 +1:00'

Team selection

Darlaston Town (1874)
Willenhall Town
  • 1. Luke Shearing
  • 2. Damian Wood
  • 3. Matthew Bayliss
  • 4. Richard Wharton
  • 5. Lee Smith
  • 6. Connor Fellows
  • 7. Cory Endsor
  • 8. Tom Rayson
  • 9. Amari Shaw
  • 10. Mark Webster
  • 11. Louis Leach
  • 12. Dilpreet Sandhu
  • 13. Steve Stearn
  • 14. Deerome Cummins
  • 15. Reece Potts

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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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