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Bromyard Town
Darlaston Town (1874)
J Holylee (23')
Full time
L Taylor (3', 84'), L Charlton (64'), T Clarke-O'Connell (80'), I Cooper (91' Pen)
Sat 22 Dec 15:00 - West Midlands Regional League - WMRL Division One

Darlaston's unbeaten run continues with a flattering away win at Bromyard

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After a poor first half, a much better second half performance produces another 3 points

Darlaston ensured they entered the Christmas period top of the table following a convincing second half performance in deepest Herefordshire.

Manager Andy Parkes was forced into making three changes from the team that beat Wellington the previous week, Daniel Bolzon was unavailable after returning home to Italy, Noah Diallo was suspended, and Ash Evans was unavailable. Tyrone Clarke O'Connell , Sam Causton and Jarrod Grant all returning to the starting line-up.

The visitors made a brisk start and took the lead on 3 minutes following an excellent three man move involving Clarke O’Connell, Grant and top scorer Leon Taylor. Clarke O'Connell crossed to Taylor who controlled the ball, laid it off to Grant who beat his defender to send a perfect cross into the penalty area for Taylor to out jump everyone to head home beyond keeper Alex Rhodes.

Bromyard Town 1-5 Darlaston Town (1874) 22.12.18
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Darlaston continued to exert pressure with further efforts from Clarke-O’Connell saved by Rhodes and an Alex Solomon shot from distance which just cleared the bar.

Bromyard responded with two long range efforts from Nathan Myers and Matt Middleton both saved by Liam Whittaker and Nathan Myers heading wide.

Isaac Cooper and Grant both created chances but despite their early pressure the visitors could not add to their lead and the home side started to get a foot hold in the game with midfielder Ryan Glenister and Jake Holylee both looking dangerous as Bromyard prompted and probed in an effort to force an equaliser.

Darlaston helped them along the way as misplaced passes, lack of movement were punished as attack after attack broke down and Bromyard started to gain confidence with some excellent midfield and forward play. Their determination finally paid off on 23 minutes courtesy of a rare mistake by Luke Charlton. With no obvious danger Charlton under hit a back pass to keeper Liam Whittaker, Jake Holylee pounced on the mistake and despite a desperate attempt by Whittaker to retrieve the situation, Holylee stroked the ball under the advancing keeper for a deserved equaliser.

Despite not being at their best Darlaston still had chances to retake the lead. Alex Solomon and cooper both had chances blocked Charlton hit the bar and Taylor had an effort cleared off the line by Glenister. The impressive Holylee set up Cameron green for Bromyard but the defender shot wide.

The Darlaston management team would have been upset with their sides first half performance and had much to put right during the half time interval. Surely the fans that have travelled a long way would be rewarded with a better second half performance.

The second half was a more one-sided affair with Darlaston asserting their authority and playing some attacking excellent football. A Tyrone Clarke-O’Connell right footed shot tested keeper Alex Rhodes and a rare Bromyard attack down the saw Holylee's cross flash across the face of goal. Alex Solomon produced another fine strike from distance only kept out by a full stretch diving Rhodes whilst on 52 minutes an in swinging free kick from Isaac Cooper was clawed away by the now busy Rhodes.

Darlaston’s pressure was rewarded in the 64th minute, Cooper's corner was flicked on by Solomon and Luke Charlton was on hand to atone his earlier error, by stooping low to head home from 6 yards beyond two defenders on the goal line. Rhodes came to the rescue once again another fine save from Jamie Holders curling free kick after Leon Taylor had been fouled by Cameron Green just outside Bromyard’s area.

Despite their second half dominance Darlaston switched off for a moment on 70 minutes and the home side were denied an equaliser, Charlton with a superb clearing header off the line after a defensive mistake left Casey Collins to cross for Holylee who should have scored, but his shot was superbly cleared by Charlton on the goal line making sure his side maintained their lead.

As Darlaston ramped up the pressure Clarke O'Connell and Solomon both brought saves before the visitors extended their lead on 80 minutes, Isaac Cooper was the creator , an electric turn of pace saw him ghost past two defenders his cross could only be parried by Bromyard’s keeper into the path of Tyrone Clarke-O’Connell at the far post who drove home from an acute angle from 8 yards.

Just four minutes later Leon Taylor made it four with his second goal of the game. Taylor had proved a handful to the Bromyard defence all the game and for the umpteenth time chased down a lost cause. Some 10 yards out keeper Alex Rhodes tried to dribble out following a back pass, Taylor out muscled the keeper winning possession before cutting in side to side foot the ball into the empty net.

Darlaston were not finished yet and on 91 minutes Isaac Cooper was sent crashing to the ground by Joe Donkin in the penalty area. Copper stepped up to score the visitors fifth from the resulting spot kick.

In 11 minutes of added time teenage substitute Adonijah Allen harassed central defender Cameron Green into a mistake 30 yards out and broke clear looking to add a sixth goal, but the referee brought the play back adjudging the youngster had fouled Green.

In a rare visitors attack Darlaston keeper Liam Whittaker was called into action in the fifth minute of added time producing a fine full stretch save from a Liam Hodges header.

The win keeps Darlaston at the top of table with 22 points out of the last 24. This Saturday they are away again for the sixth time in 7 weeks with the short trip to Garden Walk the home of Gornal Athletic kick off 3.00 pm

Leon Taylor

Player of the Match

Leon Taylor

Key moments

3:00
Goal Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
23:00
Goal Jake Holylee scores for Bromyard Town
64:00
Goal Luke Charlton scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
80:00
Goal Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
84:00
Goal Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
90:00 +1:00
Scored Penalty Isaac Cooper scores a penalty for Darlaston Town (1874)

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90:00 +13:00 Player of the Match
Leon Taylor is awarded player of the match for Darlaston Town (1874)
90:00 +10:00 Foul
Nathan Myers is fouled for Bromyard Town
90:00 +6:00 Blocked Shot
Nathan Myers has a shot blocked for Bromyard Town
90:00 +3:00 Foul
Cameron Green is fouled for Bromyard Town
90:00 +2:00 Missed Shot
Casey Collins misses a shot for Bromyard Town
90:00 +1:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 5
Isaac Cooper scores a penalty for Darlaston Town (1874)
90:00 Foul
Luke Charlton is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
89:00 Foul
Cameron Green is fouled for Bromyard Town
89:00 Yellow Card
Adonijah Allen is yellow carded for Darlaston Town (1874)
88:00 Sub On
Jordan Dorrell is substituted on for Bromyard Town
88:00 Sub Off
Luke Holylee is substituted off for Bromyard Town
88:00 Foul
Casey Collins is fouled for Bromyard Town
87:00 Sub On
Adonijah Allen is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
87:00 Sub Off
Leon Taylor is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
85:00 Sub On
Charlie Foley is substituted on for Bromyard Town
85:00 Sub Off
Tom Riley is substituted off for Bromyard Town
84:00 Goal 1 - 4
Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
80:00 Goal 1 - 3
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
80:00 Assist
Isaac Cooper makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
76:00 Saved Shot
Alex Solomon has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
76:00 Saved Shot
Alex Solomon has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
72:00 Foul
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
72:00 Foul
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
72:00 Yellow Card
Cameron Green is yellow carded for Bromyard Town
70:00 Blocked Shot
Matt Middleton has a shot blocked for Bromyard Town
68:00 Foul
Leon Taylor is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
68:00 Saved Shot
Jamie Holder has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
66:00 Foul
Alex Solomon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
66:00 Yellow Card
Sam Causton is yellow carded for Darlaston Town (1874)
65:00 Sub On
Ryan Kingdon is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
65:00 Sub Off
Ryan Jones is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
64:00 Goal 1 - 2
Luke Charlton scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
64:00 Assist
Alex Solomon makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
63:00 Saved Shot
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
63:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Isaac Cooper
61:00 Corner taken
Corner for Bromyard Town taken by Ryan Glenister
59:00 Foul
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
55:00 Saved Shot
Isaac Cooper has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
53:00 Foul
Sam Causton is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
53:00 Foul
Sam Causton is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
52:00 Saved Shot
Alex Solomon has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
46:00 Saved Shot
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
46:00 Saved Shot
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
End of period 1
40:00 Foul
Jamie Holder is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
39:00 Foul
Nathan Myers is fouled for Bromyard Town
37:00 Foul
Nathan Myers is fouled for Bromyard Town
36:00 Blocked Shot
Leon Taylor has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
36:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Alex Solomon
35:00 Foul
Casey Collins is fouled for Bromyard Town
33:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Alex Solomon
32:00 Foul
Ryan Glenister is fouled for Bromyard Town
32:00 Blocked Shot
Alex Solomon has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
28:00 Missed Shot
Cameron Green misses a shot for Bromyard Town
28:00 Missed Shot
Luke Charlton misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
28:00 Foul
Tom Riley is fouled for Bromyard Town
27:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Alex Solomon
27:00 Blocked Shot
Isaac Cooper has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
27:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Alex Solomon
23:00 Goal 1 - 1
Jake Holylee scores for Bromyard Town
23:00 Foul
Luke Charlton is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
20:00 Missed Shot
Jarrod Grant misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
17:00 Saved Shot
Casey Collins has a shot saved for Bromyard Town
14:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Isaac Cooper
11:00 Saved Shot
Matt Middleton has a shot saved for Bromyard Town
11:00 Saved Shot
Nathan Myers has a shot saved for Bromyard Town
8:00 Missed Shot
Alex Solomon misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
7:00 Saved Shot
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
7:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell
3:00 Assist
Jarrod Grant makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
3:00 Goal 0 - 1
Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
2:00 Blocked Shot
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
1:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Alex Solomon
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Bromyard Town
  • Darlaston Town (1874)
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  • Leon Taylor Goal 3:00'
  • Jarrod Grant Assist 3:00'
  • Jake Holylee Goal 23:00'
  • Alex Solomon Assist 64:00'
  • Luke Charlton Goal 64:00'
  • Ryan Jones Sub Off 65:00'
  • Ryan Kingdon Sub On 65:00'
  • Sam Causton Yellow Card 66:00'
  • Cameron Green Yellow Card 72:00'
  • Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell Goal 80:00'
  • Isaac Cooper Assist 80:00'
  • Leon Taylor Goal 84:00'
  • Charlie Foley Sub On 85:00'
  • Tom Riley Sub Off 85:00'
  • Leon Taylor Sub Off 87:00'
  • Adonijah Allen Sub On 87:00'
  • Luke Holylee Sub Off 88:00'
  • Jordan Dorrell Sub On 88:00'
  • Adonijah Allen Yellow Card 89:00'
  • Isaac Cooper Scored Penalty 90:00 +1:00'

Team selection

Bromyard Town
  • 1. Alex Rhodes
  • 2. Luke Holylee
  • 3. Tom Riley
  • 4. Joe Donkin
  • 5. Cameron Green
  • 6. Ryan Stringer
  • 7. Casey Collins
  • 8. Ryan Glenister
  • 9. Jake Holylee
  • 10. Matt Middleton
  • 11. Nathan Myers
  • 12. Liam Hodges
  • 13. Adam Waclawek
  • 14. Jordan Dorrell
  • 15. Charlie Foley
  • 16. Cameron Mclean

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Worcester Raiders 32 79
2. Darlaston Town (1874) 32 78
3. Droitwich Spa 32 69
4. Sikh Hunters 32 64
5. Team Dudley 32 59
6. Wrens Nest 32 54
7. Old Wulfrunians 32 49

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