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Tipton Town
Darlaston Town (1874)
T Davies (15'), S Broadway (65')
Full time
T Clarke-O'Connell (16'), L Taylor (89')
Sat 8 Dec 15:00 - West Midlands Regional League - WMRL Division One

Both teams produce a pulsating local derby in appalling conditions

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Darlaston lose top spot on goal difference after local derby draw

The weather was the ultimate winner in this Black Country derby, a strong wind and heavy rain for most of the first half played a major role in the outcome of this enthralling encounter.

Both teams played with great endeavour and high intensity and at times, during a drop in the high winds both played some neat controlled football, but overall quality of play was nullified by the strong winds. A late Darlaston equaliser enabled the table toppers to maintain their excellent points tally taking 10 points from four consecutive away games.

Darlaston played the first half with the wind at their backs and made the brighter start but many passes went astray or were over hit. Isaac Cooper had two early half chances, shooting over the bar on 6 minutes and bringing a comfortable save from keeper Chris Thomas on 8 minutes. The visitors forced three corners all coming to nothing, although Leon Taylor should've done better with a 6-yard header from a Jarrod Grant corner.

Tipton Town v Darlaston Town 8-12-18
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Tipton broke the deadlock after 15 minutes with their first attack of the game. TJ Davies found space on the left and drilled in a low cross which evaded everyone but found Ben Store on the wide right, the striker returned the compliment by again drilling the ball across the face of the goal, again avoiding everyone except the unmarked Davies at the back post. The striker lashing the ball home from 8 yards high into the net past Darlaston keeper Liam Whittaker.

The visitors responded immediately the equaliser coming within a minute, Leon Taylor held the ball up well in the penalty area laying it off to Tyrone Clarke-O’Connell to score his second goal of the season with a crisp left footed finish across keeper Chris Thomas.

Curtains of heavy rain flew across and soaked the pitch during most of the half affected both teams as it was near impossible to play the expansive football that both teams like to. Whilst the quality of play was impacted by the weather both managers were delighted with the effort and endeavour of their players whose work rate was exceptional.

The visitors finished the half the stronger with Jarrod Grant twice and Clarke O'Connell both having efforts saved or wide of the target.

The home team now had the advantage of the wind and with the wind at their backs had the better of the half. In the 47th minute the home team were appealing for a penalty, but referee Ryan Smith waived away their appeals as ball to hand after Davies' left-wing cross across goal struck the arm of left back Isaac Cooper after skipping off the surface just in front of him.
The pace and trickery of TJ Davies was more evident in the second half and his combination with former Darlaston striker Scott Broadway was causing the makeshift visitors defence plenty of problems. Davies attempted an overhead kick which missed the target whilst Adam Skeldon's 22-yard free kick went high over the bar after Ryan Kingdon had felled Broadway.

Keeper Whittaker was called into action twice on 56 minutes, firstly acting as sweeper as he won the race to deny Broadway with a sliding tackle, as the ball rebounded Whittaker was first to react winning a second sliding tackle to clear the danger.

On 62 minutes Alex Solomon shot wide for the visitors before Tipton regained the advantage after 65 minutes. TJ Davies was again the instigator his pace taking him clear on the left flank his pin point cross converted at the back post by Scott Broadway who drilled home from 6 yards.

In an attempt to replenish energy levels both managers made changes, some enforced and others tactical. Instead of the game opening up it became even tighter. As the game progressed it became clear that neither side was going to give any quarter as the energy, effort and endeavour of all 22 players was a pleasure to see.

Despite this chances were few and far between, neither side creating any clear opportunities until the 81st minute. It was the visitors who came within millimetres of the equaliser. Leon Taylor held the ball up once again on the edge of the area, playing a deft ball to Isaac Cooper behind the static home defence, his low cross was millimetres away from the full stretch sliding Noah Diallo at the far post.

As the game was entering the final minutes Darlaston netted the equaliser. An intelligently placed throw in by Cooper was flicked on by substitute Daniel Bolzon, to Leon Taylor. Taylor shielded the ball superbly, turned his marker and drilled home an 8-yard right foot finish beyond keeper Thomas into the bottom corner.

In an effort to snatch the winner Darlaston piled on the pressure in the 5 minutes of added time, Taylor and Diallo both failing to convert difficult headed chances.

Both sets of players can be proud of their performances in difficult weather conditions. Honours were even, in what was a scrappy game, marred by the weather and after a tremendous 90 minutes a point was about fair for both teams.

Tipton will be disappointed that they could not hold onto the lead twice whilst Darlaston had the edge in terms of possession which they did not always use well.

The result saw Darlaston drop to second place on goal difference being replaced at the top of the Division by Droitwich Spa following their 1-0 home win against Allscott.

For the first time in 5 weeks Darlaston return to action at the Paycare Ground this Saturday for their final home fixture of the year. Wellington Amateurs are the visitors to The Paycare Ground, Bentley Leisure Pavilion, Bentley Road North, Bentley Walsall WS2 0EA kick-off is at 2 pm.

Liam Whittaker

Player of the Match

Liam Whittaker

Key moments

15:00
Goal Terrance Davies scores for Tipton Town
16:00
Goal Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
65:00
Goal Scott Broadway scores for Tipton Town
89:00
Goal Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)

Videos and photos

Tipton Town v Darlaston Town 8-12-18
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Highlights

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90:00 +7:00 Player of the Match
Liam Whittaker is awarded player of the match for Darlaston Town (1874)
90:00 +4:00 Blocked Shot
Daniel Bolzon has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
90:00 +3:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Noah Diallo
90:00 +2:00 Foul
Connor Scott is fouled for Tipton Town
90:00 +1:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Noah Diallo
89:00 Goal 2 - 2
Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
89:00 Assist
Daniel Bolzon makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
87:00 Foul
Tarrike Thomas is fouled for Tipton Town
84:00 Sub Off
Adam Skeldon is substituted off for Tipton Town
84:00 Sub On
Tarrike Thomas is substituted on for Tipton Town
83:00 Corner taken
Corner for Tipton Town taken by Adam Skeldon
78:00 Foul
Adam Skeldon is fouled for Tipton Town
77:00 Sub Off
Ben Store is substituted off for Tipton Town
77:00 Sub On
Sam Armstrong is substituted on for Tipton Town
75:00 Foul
Noah Diallo is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
72:00 Sub Off
Ryan Kingdon is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
72:00 Sub On
Noah Diallo is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
67:00 Corner taken
Corner for Tipton Town taken by Terrance Davies
67:00 Foul
Scott Broadway is fouled for Tipton Town
65:00 Assist
Terrance Davies makes an assist for Tipton Town
65:00 Goal 2 - 1
Scott Broadway scores for Tipton Town
62:00 Missed Shot
Alex Solomon misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
60:00 Sub Off
Jamie Holder is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
60:00 Sub On
Noah Diallo is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
58:00 Corner taken
Corner for Tipton Town taken by Adam Skeldon
54:00 Missed Shot
Adam Skeldon misses a shot for Tipton Town
52:00 Foul
Luke Charlton is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
51:00 Missed Shot
Terrance Davies misses a shot for Tipton Town
50:00 Corner taken
Corner for Tipton Town taken by Adam Skeldon
49:00 Foul
Liam Whittaker is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
End of period 1
44:00 Blocked Shot
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
41:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Alex Solomon
38:00 Missed Shot
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
30:00 Corner taken
Corner for Tipton Town taken by Adam Skeldon
26:00 Foul
Scott Broadway is fouled for Tipton Town
19:00 Missed Shot
Jarrod Grant misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
16:00 Goal 1 - 1
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
16:00 Assist
Leon Taylor makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
15:00 Goal 1 - 0
Terrance Davies scores for Tipton Town
15:00 Assist
Ben Store makes an assist for Tipton Town
14:00 Foul
Max Pashley is fouled for Tipton Town
11:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Jarrod Grant
11:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Isaac Cooper
10:00 Foul
Ryan Kingdon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
8:00 Saved Shot
Isaac Cooper has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
7:00 Foul
Ryan Kingdon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
6:00 Missed Shot
Isaac Cooper misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
4:00 Foul
Terrance Davies is fouled for Tipton Town
3:00 Foul
Connor Scott is fouled for Tipton Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Tipton Town
  • Darlaston Town (1874)
  • 0
  • Terrance Davies Goal 15:00'
  • Ben Store Assist 15:00'
  • Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell Goal 16:00'
  • Leon Taylor Assist 16:00'
  • Jamie Holder Sub Off 60:00'
  • Noah Diallo Sub On 60:00'
  • Scott Broadway Goal 65:00'
  • Terrance Davies Assist 65:00'
  • Ryan Kingdon Sub Off 72:00'
  • Noah Diallo Sub On 72:00'
  • Ben Store Sub Off 77:00'
  • Sam Armstrong Sub On 77:00'
  • Adam Skeldon Sub Off 84:00'
  • Tarrike Thomas Sub On 84:00'
  • Leon Taylor Goal 89:00'
  • Daniel Bolzon Assist 89:00'

Team selection

Tipton Town
  • 1. Chris Thomas
  • 2. Connor Scott
  • 3. Luke Johnson
  • 4. Max Pashley
  • 5. Lleyton Gould
  • 6. Kieran Smith
  • 7. Jamie Saidler
  • 8. Adam Skeldon
  • 9. Ben Store
  • 10. Terrance Davies
  • 11. Scott Broadway
  • 12. Sam Armstrong
  • 13. Tarrike Thomas
  • 14. Alex Norris
  • 15. Ross Harris

League round up

Other WMRL Division One results

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3
1
Bromyard Town
1
4
Bustleholme
Old Wulfrunians
2
1
Newport Town
1
1
Willenhall 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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