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Gornal Athletic
Darlaston Town (1874)
C Hill (73' Sent Off)
Full time
J Holder (25'), I Cooper (74' Pen, 91'), L Taylor (96')
Sat 29 Dec 15:00 - West Midlands Regional League - WMRL Division One

Darlaston continue their unbeaten run to remain top of the Division

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A fine second half performance produces a 4-0 win against their Black Country Rivals

Darlaston finished the year on top of the West Midlands Regional League Division One with an emphatic win at Garden Walk following a fine second half performance. The win extended their unbeaten league run to 8 games taking their points tally to 22 from 24.

With Sam Causton and Noah Diallo suspended and Ash Evans and Daniel Bolzon unavailable Darlaston were a little disjointed in the early exchanges as Gornal made a bright and energetic start.

Two early corners saw ex Darlaston striker Nathan Griffiths head over whilst Geoff Hill forced visiting keeper Liam Whittaker into a diving save. Midfielder Liam Morris had a shot from just outside the area missing the post by inches.

Gornal 0-4 Darlaston Town (1874)  29.12.18
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On a difficult playing surface, the visitors were second best in the early stages but started to ease themselves into the game and on 10 minutes Isaac Cooper had a goal bound effort blocked. The visitor’s midfield of Alex Solomon, Jarrod Grant and Jamie Holder were now finding their feet as the visitors awoke from their slumber and for a 10 minute spell the game became a midfield battle.

The lively Geoff Hill and Liam Morris were proving a handful and on 22 minutes Hill brought out the best from keeper Whittaker after 22 minutes.

After withstanding Gornal's bright start the league leaders took the lead on 25 minutes. Jarrod Grant was fouled out on Darlaston left by Carl Whyte, whose continued remonstration with the referee saw him earn a booking for his troubles. Isaac Coopers free kick was met at the near post by Jamie Holder whose commanding header found the back of the net to give the visitors the lead.

The goal gave Darlaston a much-needed boost skipper Scott Glasby having a header superbly finger tipped saved by Ashley Green in the 28th minute from a Tyrone Clarke- O'Connell corner. The visitors lost centre-back Ryan McAllister to injury in the 30th minute after visibly struggling with what appeared to be a pulled muscle, he was replaced by Ryan Kingdon.

Alex Solomon had a shot blocked by a Gornal defender before Gornal's Drake-Cervantes also had a shot blocked and Nathan Griffiths who had time and space for a shot, but he decided to try and turn Darlaston defence inside out and the chance was gone. The busy Liam Morris had another effort narrowly miss the target after 32 minutes.

Darlaston ended the half strongly with two late chances. A Solomon pass opened up the visitor’s defence and Taylor broke clear on a 30-yard run but his 15 yard shot hit the legs of keeper Green. The half closed with Holder having a shot blocked by Gornal skipper Chris Hill.

The second half soon produced a controversial refereeing decision. Solomon burst through the home defence and with only keeper Green to beat he was sent crashing to the ground by a cynical challenge by the previously booked Carl Whyte. Much to everyone's dismay not only did the referee not brandish a red card but he did not caution Whyte and simply let him off with a lecture. The free kick came to nothing as Grant blazed it high and wide.

Gornal Midfielder Liam Morris had a chance to equalise on 52 minutes but failed to hit the target. The remainder of the half saw Darlaston assert pressure on the now over worked home defence and Glasby once again headed narrowly over in the 60th minute as the league leaders looked to consolidate their fragile lead. Leon Taylor had a golden chance in the 64th minute but couldn’t convert from a yard out, Chris Hill blocking his effort on the line.

In the 73rd minute the face of the game changed as the pressure finally paid dividends. Substitute Ant Follows played an intelligent pass into the feet of Leon Taylor inside the penalty area, the striker turned his marker Chris Hill but with just Green to beat was brought down by Hill 10 yards from goal. This time the referee had no option and produced a red card. Isaac Cooper stepped up to easily convert the resultant penalty.

It didn’t appear to be top scorer Leon Taylor’s afternoon as the hard-working striker he missed another gilt-edge chance to put the game beyond Gornal’s reach in the 81st minute, Solomon and Holder also having efforts off target.

Darlaston scored the goal of the game to make it 3-0 a superb 18-yard angled volley from Isaac Cooper following Ryan Kingdon’s excellent 60-yard cross field pass ball which opened up the home defence to set Cooper clear.

Taylor was denied a second penalty when within the space of 30 seconds he was brought down twice in the penalty area the referee waiving away both appeals.

On the stroke of full time Taylor's impressive work rate was rewarded with the strikers 20th league goal of the season. A superbly weighted through ball from Alex Solomon put Taylor in behind the home defence, he outpaced Whyte rounded keeper Green to slot the ball into the net from 12 yards despite the despairing efforts of Whyte.

The win secured Darlaston’s tenure at the top of Division One at the turn of the year.

Next Saturday Darlaston play Wrens Nest in a league fixture. The game is at the Paycare Ground, Bentley Leisure Pavilion kick off 2.00 pm.

Scott Glasby

Player of the Match

Scott Glasby

Key moments

25:00
Goal Jamie Holder scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
73:00
Red Card Chris Hill is sent off for Gornal Athletic
74:00
Scored Penalty Isaac Cooper scores a penalty for Darlaston Town (1874)
90:00 +1:00
Goal Isaac Cooper scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
90:00 +6:00
Goal Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)

Videos and photos

Gornal 0-4 Darlaston Town (1874)  29.12.18
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Highlights

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90:00 +8:00 Player of the Match
Scott Glasby is awarded player of the match for Darlaston Town (1874)
90:00 +6:00 Goal 0 - 4
Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
90:00 +6:00 Assist
Alex Solomon makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
90:00 +5:00 Corner taken
Corner for Gornal Athletic taken by Osaze Aigbe
90:00 +4:00 Blocked Shot
Geoff Hill has a shot blocked for Gornal Athletic
90:00 +2:00 Saved Shot
Leon Taylor has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
90:00 +1:00 Assist
Ryan Kingdon makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
90:00 +1:00 Goal 0 - 3
Isaac Cooper scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
88:00 Corner taken
Corner for Gornal Athletic taken by Osaze Aigbe
87:00 Missed Shot
Liam Morris misses a shot for Gornal Athletic
85:00 Foul
Ryan Jones is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
83:00 Missed Shot
Jamie Holder misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
81:00 Sub Off
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
81:00 Sub On
Dave Richards is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
81:00 Missed Shot
Leon Taylor misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
78:00 Missed Shot
Alex Solomon misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
74:00 Scored Penalty 0 - 2
Isaac Cooper scores a penalty for Darlaston Town (1874)
73:00 Red Card 0 - 1
Chris Hill is sent off for Gornal Athletic
69:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell
69:00 Sub On
Osaze Aigbe is substituted on for Gornal Athletic
69:00 Sub Off
Nathan Griffiths is substituted off for Gornal Athletic
68:00 Missed Shot
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
64:00 Saved Shot
Leon Taylor has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
64:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Isaac Cooper
62:00 Foul
Joe Drake-Cervantes is fouled for Gornal Athletic
62:00 Foul
Carl Whyte is fouled for Gornal Athletic
59:00 Foul
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
57:00 Sub Off
Jarrod Grant is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
57:00 Sub On
Anthony Follows is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
56:00 Saved Shot
Geoff Hill has a shot saved for Gornal Athletic
53:00 Foul
Carl Whyte is fouled for Gornal Athletic
53:00 Yellow Card
Alex Solomon is yellow carded for Darlaston Town (1874)
52:00 Missed Shot
Liam Morris misses a shot for Gornal Athletic
49:00 Missed Shot
Jarrod Grant misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
47:00 Foul
Alex Solomon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
46:00 Foul
Jarrod Grant is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
End of period 1
45:00 +1:00 Saved Shot
Jamie Holder has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
45:00 Missed Shot
Leon Taylor misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
44:00 Foul
Scott Glasby is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
43:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell
39:00 Foul
Scott Glasby is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
36:00 Foul
Jamie Holder is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
36:00 Foul
Leon Taylor is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
34:00 Saved Shot
Liam Morris has a shot saved for Gornal Athletic
32:00 Blocked Shot
Joe Drake-Cervantes has a shot blocked for Gornal Athletic
32:00 Missed Shot
Geoff Hill misses a shot for Gornal Athletic
30:00 Sub Off
Ryan McAllister is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
30:00 Sub On
Ryan Kingdon is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
30:00 Corner taken
Corner for Gornal Athletic taken by Liam Morris
29:00 Missed Shot
Alex Solomon misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
29:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell
28:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell
25:00 Yellow Card
Carl Whyte is yellow carded for Gornal Athletic
25:00 Assist
Isaac Cooper makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
25:00 Goal 0 - 1
Jamie Holder scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
24:00 Foul
Joe Drake-Cervantes is fouled for Gornal Athletic
24:00 Foul
Jarrod Grant is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
23:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell
23:00 Saved Shot
Jarrod Grant has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
22:00 Saved Shot
Geoff Hill has a shot saved for Gornal Athletic
21:00 Foul
Jamie Holder is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
21:00 Foul
Jamie Holder is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
19:00 Foul
Ryan Jones is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
14:00 Foul
Jamie Holder is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
11:00 Foul
Joe Drake-Cervantes is fouled for Gornal Athletic
10:00 Blocked Shot
Isaac Cooper has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
9:00 Missed Shot
Liam Morris misses a shot for Gornal Athletic
5:00 Saved Shot
Geoff Hill has a shot saved for Gornal Athletic
5:00 Corner taken
Corner for Gornal Athletic taken by Liam Morris
2:00 Corner taken
Corner for Gornal Athletic taken by Liam Morris
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Gornal Athletic
  • Darlaston Town (1874)
  • 0
  • Jamie Holder Goal 25:00'
  • Isaac Cooper Assist 25:00'
  • Carl Whyte Yellow Card 25:00'
  • Ryan McAllister Sub Off 30:00'
  • Ryan Kingdon Sub On 30:00'
  • Alex Solomon Yellow Card 53:00'
  • Jarrod Grant Sub Off 57:00'
  • Anthony Follows Sub On 57:00'
  • Nathan Griffiths Sub Off 69:00'
  • Osaze Aigbe Sub On 69:00'
  • Chris Hill Red Card 73:00'
  • Isaac Cooper Scored Penalty 74:00'
  • Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell Sub Off 81:00'
  • Dave Richards Sub On 81:00'
  • Isaac Cooper Goal 90:00 +1:00'
  • Ryan Kingdon Assist 90:00 +1:00'
  • Leon Taylor Goal 90:00 +6:00'
  • Alex Solomon Assist 90:00 +6:00'

Team selection

Gornal Athletic
  • 1. Ashley Green
  • 2. Imar Shimmer
  • 3. Alex Harvey-Beach
  • 4. Carl Whyte
  • 5. Chris Hill
  • 6. Halwest Wahab
  • 7. Lewis Clarke
  • 8. Liam Morris
  • 9. Nathan Griffiths
  • 10. Geoff Hill
  • 11. Joe Drake-Cervantes
  • 12. Jospin Mangelo
  • 13. Osaze Aigbe
  • 14. Ryan Steadman
  • 15. Harry Sulley

League round up

Other WMRL Division One results

3
2
Bromyard Town
2
1
Wyrley
0
1
Wellington Amateurs
Tipton Town
1
2
Bustleholme
Willenhall Town
1
2
Worcester Raiders
4
2
P
P
Newport Town

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League table

# 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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