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Darlaston Town (1874)
Bustleholme
L Taylor (2'), I Cooper (56'), D Bolzon (74', 78')
Full time
C Brown (42'), J Whittall (44')
Sat 10 Nov 14:00 - West Midlands Regional League - WMRL Division One Attendance 104

Darlaston take the first steps of many in an effort to return to their early season form

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A better second half performance sees Darlaston secure the points at the end of a difficult week for the club

Following a midweek burglary and destruction of property the mood at The Paycare Ground was muted but a much improved second half performance eventually saw Darlaston return to winning ways completing the double over Bustleholme.

Darlaston boss Andy Parkes included his two signings in his squad handing a debut to Isaac Cooper and a place on the bench for Mark Morgan. Jamie Holder stepped up from the bench and was given his first start in Darlaston colours. Noah Diallo and David Richards were relegated to the bench and Tyrone Clarke O'Connell was not available.

An impeccable minute’s silence was observed by everyone within the ground prior to kick off paying respects to the fallen. The Darlaston players all wore black poppy armbands as a sign of respect.

Darlaston started the game at a tremendous pace debutant Isaac Cooper providing a pinpoint cross for Leon Taylor who provided a well struck finish which entered the net via the underside of the bar in the second minute to give Darlaston a dream start with a 1-0 lead.
Arguably in the 12th minute the visitors were given a let off as goalkeeper Benjamin Holden was a judge to a handle the ball outside of the penalty area. Referee Groves took a lenient approach awarding Darlaston free kick on the edge of the area but chose not to issue any cards.
Darlaston were controlling the play in the midfield areas, pressing the visitors back at every opportunity. Bustleholme responded with two efforts on goal Iain Beavon missing the target in the fourth minute and Chris Brown last season's Division One top scorer and league player of the year forcing home keeper Liam Whittaker into an early save.

Darlaston midfielder Alex Simon forced Bustleholme keeper Ben Holden into his first save of the afternoon on 15 minutes. Further efforts four minutes later from Ryan McAllister which was saved, Luke Charlton was first to the ball his effort was blocked following a lunging block by Beavon and Cooper shot over the bar.

Despite their good start, the home side seemed to drop off the pace of the game, Bustleholme taking full advantage as Chris Brown, Myles Nettleford and Jack Whittall increased the pace of the game their team mates all responded as Bustleholme took a grip of the game wrestling away control from the home team in the closing 20 minutes of the first half. The impressive Whittall regularly found time and space on the ball prompting and probing putting the home defence on the back foot.

A s the pressure mounted Whittall, Brown and the two Nettleford’s all had efforts saved or off target but an equaliser was on the cards and it eventually came in the 42nd minute Chris Brown raced onto a probing ball from Whittall beat McAllister and buried a 20-yard angled shot into the bottom corner. The visitors were now full of confidence and just two minutes later they were in front. Jason Nettleford beat Ryan Jones wide on the right, his cross found the unmarked Whittall who had time and space to plant the ball past Whittaker.

From being comfortable and in control Darlaston found themselves 2-1 down at the break. Time for the Management duo of Parkes and Moore to work their magic once again during the interval.

In the opening minutes of the second half Darlaston forced three corners but the only shot on goal was a Jamie Holder effort from 25 yards.
As the home team began to get a foothold in the game, momentum shifted in their favour, the equaliser coming on 56 minutes. A superb through ball from Luke Charlton split open the visitors defence, Isaac Cooper raced on to the ball beyond the static Bustleholme defence and drove the ball hard and low beyond keeper Holden with ease with a sweet left foot finish.

The game was turned on its head on 58 minutes with the introduction of Daniel Bolzon from the substitutes friend. Bolzon has been absent for several weeks following an injury suffered in the Sikh Hunters game, his rehabilitation has been slow and careful to ensure a full recovery rather than a long term injury.

Bolzon injected pace and quality into the game and his team mates and the home supporters responded to his infectious attitude. Suddenly Darlaston looked dangerous, Bolzon and Taylor upfront became a handful, pin point passes from Charlton and Holder were putting Bustleholme’ s defence on the back foot.

It was only a matter of time before the second half superiority of the home side paid dividends and it was Bolzon who was at the heart of the pressure mounting on the visitors goal. On 74 minutes another Charlton pass found the onrushing Bolzon, his first effort was saved by keeper Holden, but Bolzon was first to respond tapping the loose ball into an empty met to ease the tension of the home players management and supporters.

Four minutes later Bolzon scored his second on 78 minutes, this time Isaac Cooper’s inch perfect cross after a run to the by-line was finished from inside the six-yard box giving the keeper no chance.

New signing Mark Morgan was also introduced to the game after signing from Premier Division Wednesfield late last week, Morgan had at least four efforts in the last few minutes of the match.

Darlaston were having by far their best spell of the game a fine Ryan McAllister right foot curing effort brought a full stretch fingertip save from Benjamin Holden.

Darlaston managed to see out the game and secure the 3 points. It certainly wasn’t easy at times, for 20 minutes or so Bustleholme were on top, Darlaston never really got out of second gear and the performance was patchy and well below the standard they have set for themselves. The introduction of two new quality signings and the return to fitness of Bolzon together with a valuable 3 points ensured the mood of the squad and supporters was much brighter.

Next Saturday sees a massive game, when Darlaston travel to Walshes Meadow Stourport hoping to complete a league double over league leaders Droitwich Spa KO 3.00pm.

Key moments

2:00
Goal Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
42:00
Goal Chris Brown scores for Bustleholme
44:00
Goal Jack Whittall scores for Bustleholme
56:00
Goal Isaac Cooper scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
74:00
Goal Daniel Bolzon scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
78:00
Goal Daniel Bolzon scores for Darlaston Town (1874)

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Highlights

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90:00 +2:00 Missed Shot
Jack Trueman misses a shot for Bustleholme
90:00 Blocked Shot
Zachery Holden has a shot blocked for Bustleholme
90:00 Foul
Chetan Patel is fouled for Bustleholme
88:00 Corner taken
Corner for Bustleholme taken by Matthew Simmons
88:00 Foul
Owen Sprigg is fouled for Bustleholme
87:00 Missed Shot
Mark Morgan misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
86:00 Saved Shot
Mark Morgan has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
86:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Isaac Cooper
84:00 Saved Shot
Daniel Bolzon has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
84:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Isaac Cooper
84:00 Saved Shot
Daniel Bolzon has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
83:00 Saved Shot
Ryan McAllister has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
83:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Isaac Cooper
82:00 Saved Shot
Isaac Cooper has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
82:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Isaac Cooper
81:00 Sub On
Jarrod Grant is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
81:00 Sub Off
Jamie Holder is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
79:00 Foul
Jamie Holder is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
78:00 Goal 4 - 2
Daniel Bolzon scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
78:00 Assist
Isaac Cooper makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
76:00 Sub On
Mark Morgan is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
76:00 Sub Off
Leon Taylor is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
74:00 Saved Shot
Daniel Bolzon has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
74:00 Goal 3 - 2
Daniel Bolzon scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
74:00 Assist
Luke Charlton makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
73:00 Foul
Daniel Bolzon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
67:00 Missed Shot
Chris Brown misses a shot for Bustleholme
67:00 Foul
Myles Nettleford is fouled for Bustleholme
64:00 Corner taken
Corner for Bustleholme taken by Matthew Simmons
63:00 Corner taken
Corner for Bustleholme taken by Matthew Simmons
61:00 Sub Off
Jack Whittall is substituted off for Bustleholme
61:00 Sub On
Chetan Patel is substituted on for Bustleholme
60:00 Saved Shot
Jamie Holder has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
58:00 Sub On
Daniel Bolzon is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
58:00 Sub Off
Alex Solomon is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
56:00 Goal 2 - 2
Isaac Cooper scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
56:00 Assist
Luke Charlton makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
55:00 Foul
Jack Whittall is fouled for Bustleholme
52:00 Missed Shot
Jamie Holder misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
51:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Isaac Cooper
50:00 Foul
Jack Whittall is fouled for Bustleholme
48:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Alex Solomon
47:00 Corner taken
Corner for Bustleholme taken by Matthew Simmons
46:00 Foul
Matthew Simmons is fouled for Bustleholme
End of period 1
44:00 Assist
Jason Nettleford makes an assist for Bustleholme
44:00 Goal 1 - 2
Jack Whittall scores for Bustleholme
43:00 Saved Shot
Anthony Follows has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
42:00 Goal 1 - 1
Chris Brown scores for Bustleholme
42:00 Assist
Jack Whittall makes an assist for Bustleholme
40:00 Corner taken
Corner for Bustleholme taken by Matthew Simmons
39:00 Saved Shot
Matthew Simmons has a shot saved for Bustleholme
38:00 Blocked Shot
Myles Nettleford has a shot blocked for Bustleholme
38:00 Missed Shot
Jack Whittall misses a shot for Bustleholme
38:00 Saved Shot
Myles Nettleford has a shot saved for Bustleholme
36:00 Missed Shot
Jack Whittall misses a shot for Bustleholme
35:00 Foul
Luke Charlton is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
34:00 Foul
Jamie Holder is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
34:00 Foul
Jamie Holder is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
33:00 Corner taken
Corner for Bustleholme taken by Matthew Simmons
33:00 Saved Shot
Jack Whittall has a shot saved for Bustleholme
26:00 Missed Shot
Jack Whittall misses a shot for Bustleholme
25:00 Foul
Jamie Holder is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
24:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Isaac Cooper
23:00 Foul
Isaac Cooper is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
22:00 Missed Shot
Isaac Cooper misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
19:00 Blocked Shot
Luke Charlton has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
19:00 Saved Shot
Ryan McAllister has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
18:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Alex Solomon
16:00 Foul
Zachery Holden is fouled for Bustleholme
15:00 Saved Shot
Alex Solomon has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
12:00 Blocked Shot
Isaac Cooper has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
10:00 Foul
Alex Solomon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
8:00 Corner taken
Corner for Bustleholme taken by Matthew Simmons
7:00 Foul
Chris Brown is fouled for Bustleholme
2:00 Assist
Isaac Cooper makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
2:00 Goal 1 - 0
Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Darlaston Town (1874)
  • Bustleholme
  • 0
  • Leon Taylor Goal 2:00'
  • Isaac Cooper Assist 2:00'
  • Chris Brown Goal 42:00'
  • Jack Whittall Assist 42:00'
  • Jack Whittall Goal 44:00'
  • Jason Nettleford Assist 44:00'
  • Isaac Cooper Goal 56:00'
  • Luke Charlton Assist 56:00'
  • Alex Solomon Sub Off 58:00'
  • Daniel Bolzon Sub On 58:00'
  • Jack Whittall Sub Off 61:00'
  • Chetan Patel Sub On 61:00'
  • Daniel Bolzon Goal 74:00'
  • Luke Charlton Assist 74:00'
  • Leon Taylor Sub Off 76:00'
  • Mark Morgan Sub On 76:00'
  • Daniel Bolzon Goal 78:00'
  • Isaac Cooper Assist 78:00'
  • Jamie Holder Sub Off 81:00'
  • Jarrod Grant Sub On 81:00'

Team selection

Bustleholme
  • 1. Benjamin Holden
  • 2. Zachery Holden
  • 3. Owen Sprigg
  • 4. Iain Beavon
  • 5. James Crofts
  • 6. Matthew Simmons
  • 7. Jason Nettleford
  • 8. Jack Trueman
  • 9. Chris Brown
  • 10. Jack Whittall
  • 11. Myles Nettleford
  • 12. Dane Hughes
  • 13. Chetan Patel
  • 14. Mike Westwood
  • 15. Rikki Danton

League round up

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3
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3
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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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