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Darlaston Town (1874)
Gornal Athletic
L Taylor (33', 35', 53'), N Diallo (85' Pen), R Jones (92')
Full time
O Hartland (17')
Sat 6 Oct 15:00 - West Midlands Regional League - WMRL Division One Attendance 104

It Looks like The Paycare Ground is the place to be to see goals

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Darlaston make it eleven in two games and just one conceded

"If it's goals you want" then The Paycare Ground is the place to be as Darlaston Town made it 11 goals and just 1 conceded in their last two home games with an emphatic 5-1 win against Black Country rivals Gornal Athletic. A Leon Taylor hat trick settling the game as Darlaston consolidated their place in the top four of the West Midlands Regional League Division One.

Manager Andy Parkes made two changes to his starting line-up Liam Whittaker replacing Ryan Pratt between the posts and with skipper Ryan McAllister unavailable, Mark Swann moved into defence and in came Noah Diallo.

Darlaston had much the better of the early exchanges Mark Swann having a left footed effort cleared off the line in the opening minutes, from the clearance Danny Mayne’s powerful shot from the edge of the area just cleared the bar.

Swann once again went close in the sixth minute after great work once again from Danny Mayne down the right. Ashley Green Gornal’s keeper presented Darlaston a great chance, slipping when clearing the ball which went straight the Noah Diallo, Green atoning for his error with an outstanding save.

Despite forcing four corners and several free kicks in the opening 15 minutes Darlaston could not force a goal and fell behind against the run of play on 17 minutes. Gornal taking the lead with their first chance of the afternoon. A corner from Gornal’s left was not cleared properly the ball falling to Oliver Hartland on the edge of the box, Hartland’s crisp strike beat Darlaston’s keeper Whittaker low to his right giving Gornal the lead.

The goal did not dent the home side's confidence as they continued with their expansive play, prompted by the impressive Alex Solomon and Luke Charlton from midfield. Swann was looking very dangerous at set pieces, but could not find the target with his headers, neither could forward Taylor who grazed the post with one speculative effort.

The pressure finally paid dividends in the 33rd minute with a Darlaston equaliser. Darlaston's eighth corner of the game saw Noah Diallo's pin point corner headed goal wards by Mark Swann, his looping header was finding the net until Leon Taylor stole in to head the ball home from one yard.

The home supporters didn’t have long to wait for a second, two minutes later Darlaston took the lead. Danny Turton threaded a ball through to Taylor as he outpaced Chris Hill to slot the ball beyond green to give the home side a deserved lead.

Darlaston missed a great chance to stretch their lead on 42 minutes. Great work out wide by Noah Diallo and Tyrone Clarke-O’Connell set up the onrushing Alex Solomon, his effort narrowly missing the target.

Gornal were dealt a blow just before the half-time interval when scorer Oliver Hartland suffered an injury and had to be replaced by substitute Mike Bridges.

Darlaston started the second half like a train, in the opening four minutes full back Sammy Causton produced two quality crosses causing panic in the visitor’s defence who defended for their lives conceding two corners resulting in chances for Diallo and Taylor who put his header wide when it looked easier to score.

Leon Taylor and the home supporters didn’t have to wait long until he completed his hat-trick, after a sweeping move starting just inside Darlaston’s half, great work from Sammy Causton and Danny Mayne the ball found its way to Clarke-O’Connell wide on the left, he beat his man, crossing the ball into the 6 yard box where Taylor beat the defender to the ball to score his and Darlaston’s third.

Gornal rallied after the goal, efforts from the industrious Liam Morris and Adam Gwilym threatening to give Gornal a lifeline. Gwilliam forcing keeper Whittaker into an outstanding save low to his left in the 65th minute.

Both managers made substitutions which seemed to upset the flow of the game both sides giving the ball away cheaply and conceding needless free kicks. Gornal's frustration boiling over on a couple of occasions with some questionable refereeing decisions adding to their angst.

Darlaston continued to apply pressure Clarke-O’Connell, Mayne and Diallo all causing problems for the visitors whilst at the other end Liam Morris shot wide for the visitors.

Following Noah Diallo's fourteenth corner of the game Swann again caused panic at the heart of the Gornal defence as he was hauled back by a Gornal defender, Referee Mowbray immediately pointed to the penalty spot. Noah Diallo confidently stepped up to dispatch the spot kick giving keeper Green no chance.

Despite Taylor's hat trick full back Ryan Jones stole the show with a commanding performance which resulted in the goal of the game in the final minute. Diallo passed inside to Jones who superbly outwitted his marker with a fine piece of skill before going on a run beating three defenders before unleashing a tremendous 25 yard shot the ball looping over keeper Green to round off the scoring in a comfortable 5-1 win.

On Saturday Darlaston will be looking to continue their winning run, when they travel to take on Wrens Nest at The Beeches home of Tividale FC kick-off 3.00 p.m.

Leon Taylor

Player of the Match

Leon Taylor

Key moments

17:00
Goal Oliver Hartland scores for Gornal Athletic
33:00
Goal Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
35:00
Goal Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
53:00
Goal Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
85:00
Scored Penalty Noah Diallo scores a penalty for Darlaston Town (1874)
90:00 +2:00
Goal Ryan Jones scores for Darlaston Town (1874)

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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)
90:00 +2:00 Goal 5 - 1
Ryan Jones scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
90:00 +2:00 Assist
Noah Diallo makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
89:00 Saved Shot
Ryan Kingdon has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
87:00 Saved Shot
Liam Morris has a shot saved for Gornal Athletic
87:00 Blocked Shot
Ben Store has a shot blocked for Gornal Athletic
86:00 Sub Off
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
86:00 Sub On
Joshua Tolley is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
85:00 Scored Penalty 4 - 1
Noah Diallo scores a penalty for Darlaston Town (1874)
84:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Noah Diallo
84:00 Sub On
Joe Collingridge is substituted on for Gornal Athletic
84:00 Sub Off
Anthony Cox is substituted off for Gornal Athletic
84:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Noah Diallo
82:00 Missed Shot
Liam Morris misses a shot for Gornal Athletic
79:00 Foul
Noah Diallo is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
79:00 Sub On
Jamie Holder is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
79:00 Sub Off
Alex Solomon is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
76:00 Foul
Leon Taylor is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
74:00 Foul
Scott Glasby is fouled for Gornal Athletic
73:00 Foul
Noah Diallo is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
73:00 Yellow Card
Alan Gwilliam is yellow carded for Gornal Athletic
70:00 Foul
Ben Store is fouled for Gornal Athletic
68:00 Sub Off
Danny Mayne is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
68:00 Sub On
Ryan Kingdon is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
67:00 Blocked Shot
Liam Morris has a shot blocked for Gornal Athletic
66:00 Saved Shot
Danny Mayne has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
65:00 Saved Shot
Adam Gwilliam has a shot saved for Gornal Athletic
64:00 Missed Shot
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
63:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Noah Diallo
63:00 Foul
Luke Charlton is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
58:00 Foul
Leon Taylor is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
57:00 Sub Off
Adam Kirby is substituted off for Gornal Athletic
57:00 Sub On
Alan Gwilliam is substituted on for Gornal Athletic
56:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Noah Diallo
53:00 Assist
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
53:00 Goal 3 - 1
Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
51:00 Foul
Mark Swann is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
51:00 Foul
Ben Store is fouled for Gornal Athletic
49:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Noah Diallo
48:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Noah Diallo
47:00 Missed Shot
Noah Diallo misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
End of period 1
44:00 Sub Off
Oliver Hartland is substituted off for Gornal Athletic
44:00 Sub On
Mike Bridges is substituted on for Gornal Athletic
43:00 Yellow Card
Liam Morris is yellow carded for Gornal Athletic
43:00 Foul
Liam Morris is fouled for Gornal Athletic
43:00 Yellow Card
Noah Diallo is yellow carded for Darlaston Town (1874)
42:00 Missed Shot
Alex Solomon misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
40:00 Foul
Adam Kirby is fouled for Gornal Athletic
39:00 Foul
Sam Causton is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
36:00 Foul
Ryan Jones is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
36:00 Missed Shot
Mark Swann misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
35:00 Goal 2 - 1
Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
35:00 Assist
Daniel Turton makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
33:00 Assist
Mark Swann makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
33:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Noah Diallo
33:00 Goal 1 - 1
Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
32:00 Missed Shot
Leon Taylor misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
31:00 Foul
Alex Solomon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
27:00 Foul
Alan Burgess is fouled for Gornal Athletic
24:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Noah Diallo
22:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Noah Diallo
20:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Noah Diallo
17:00 Foul
Ben Store is fouled for Gornal Athletic
17:00 Goal 0 - 1
Oliver Hartland scores for Gornal Athletic
15:00 Saved Shot
Noah Diallo has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
15:00 Foul
Adam Kirby is fouled for Gornal Athletic
15:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Noah Diallo
14:00 Foul
Anthony Cox is fouled for Gornal Athletic
12:00 Foul
Jack Latham is fouled for Gornal Athletic
9:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Noah Diallo
7:00 Missed Shot
Noah Diallo misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
6:00 Foul
Leon Taylor is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
4:00 Foul
Danny Mayne is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
3:00 Missed Shot
Danny Mayne misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
2:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Noah Diallo
2:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Noah Diallo
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Darlaston Town (1874)
  • Gornal Athletic
  • 0
  • Oliver Hartland Goal 17:00'
  • Leon Taylor Goal 33:00'
  • Mark Swann Assist 33:00'
  • Leon Taylor Goal 35:00'
  • Daniel Turton Assist 35:00'
  • Noah Diallo Yellow Card 43:00'
  • Liam Morris Yellow Card 43:00'
  • Mike Bridges Sub On 44:00'
  • Oliver Hartland Sub Off 44:00'
  • Leon Taylor Goal 53:00'
  • Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell Assist 53:00'
  • Adam Kirby Sub Off 57:00'
  • Alan Gwilliam Sub On 57:00'
  • Danny Mayne Sub Off 68:00'
  • Ryan Kingdon Sub On 68:00'
  • Alan Gwilliam Yellow Card 73:00'
  • Alex Solomon Sub Off 79:00'
  • Jamie Holder Sub On 79:00'
  • Anthony Cox Sub Off 84:00'
  • Joe Collingridge Sub On 84:00'
  • Noah Diallo Scored Penalty 85:00'
  • Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell Sub Off 86:00'
  • Joshua Tolley Sub On 86:00'
  • Ryan Jones Goal 90:00 +2:00'
  • Noah Diallo Assist 90:00 +2:00'

Team selection

Darlaston Town (1874)
Gornal Athletic
  • 1. Ashley Green
  • 2. Scott Glasby
  • 3. Jack Latham
  • 4. Liam Morris
  • 5. Adam Kirby
  • 6. Chris Hill
  • 7. Anthony Cox
  • 8. Oliver Hartland
  • 9. Ben Store
  • 10. Alan Burgess
  • 11. Adam Gwilliam
  • 12. Mike Bridges
  • 13. Alan Gwilliam
  • 14. James Weston
  • 15. Joe Collingridge

League round up

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3
5
Old Wulfrunians
4
1
Tipton Town
1
1
Wyrley
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3
4
Willenhall Town
1
2
Newport Town
Worcester Raiders
3
1
Bromyard Town

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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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