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Sikh Hunters
Darlaston Town (1874)
Full time
L Taylor (55'), N Diallo (61' Pen)
Sat 1 Dec 14:00 - West Midlands Regional League - WMRL Division One

Key Decisions and Clinical Finishing Decide Pulsating Encounter

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The result could have gone either way, but thanks to a bullet header and a penalty Darlaston continue their reign at the top of the table

In a game of two halves Darlaston maintained their position at the top of the league coming out on top in this enthralling encounter between two in form teams.

With the wind at their backs Hunters had much the better of the first half with attacking midfielder Hinesh Patel unplayable at times, causing havoc at the heart of the visitor’s defence.

The home side started the game very much in the ascendancy taking full advantage of the elements in their favour dominating the opening 45 minutes. The visitors seemed incapable of stringing two passes together, conceding seven free kicks on the edge of their area, two ending up in bookings for Scott Glasby and substitute Sam Causton who had replaced the injured Ryan McAllister after 12 minutes. Fortunately for the visitors none of the free kicks troubled keeper Liam Whittaker.

Sikh Hunters 1 December 2018
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Sanjay Malhi and Tyrone Atkinson had half chances blocked by the overworked visitors defence and Ashley Smith spurned an opportunity in the 25th minute, heading high and wide when unopposed at the back post following a Chetan Singh Goray corner.

Smith and Patel both had half chances but some last ditch defending by Luke Charlton and Scott Glasby kept the scoreline even as the half time whistle approached.

On the stroke of half time the home side thought they had taken a deserved lead, Justin Nisbett got behind Darlaston’s defence down the right flank chasing a ball into the penalty area, visiting keeper Liam Whittaker was favourite to win the ball and slid to collect the ball, as the two collided the ball fell from his grasp and Tyrone Atkinson followed up to score into an empty net. Referee Coates originally awarded the goal, but after a long discussion with his assistant the goal was disallowed for a foul on Whittaker. The decision looked harsh on the home side whose play deserved a half time lead.

After going through the first half without a clear effort on goal, the league leaders needed to find a way to counteract Sikh Hunters front foot aggressive approach if they were to get anything from the game. Whatever was said in the visitors changing room during the break made a difference and with the elements now in their favour Darlaston had much the better of the second half. Hinesh Patel, so influential in the first half was far less influential whilst Darlaston's front three of Leon Taylor, Noah Diallo and Daniel Bolzon were brought in to the game much more after an ineffective first half.

The game was won early in the 2nd half in a six-minute spell. On 55 minutes a Noah Diallo corner was superbly delivered into the 6-yard box was met at the near post by a Leon Taylor bullet header past Ben Lawley and keeper Liam Haynes, to send the Darlaston players and large travelling contingent into raptures.

Taylor had a glorious opportunity to double the lead 2 minutes later, A long clearance eluded everyone, and Taylor broke clear 35 yards out and was now in a one on one against keeper Haynes. With too much time to think what he was going to do; a poor first touch allowed keeper Haynes to come off his line and save easily.

The lead was doubled three minutes later from the penalty spot.

After a neat exchange in Darlaston’s midfield Leon Taylor was in behind the home defence, his cross evaded the run of Daniel Bolzon but found Noah Diallo who was brought down by Hunters right back Connor Archer. There were few arguments from the home players and supporters. Diallo dusted himself down and smashed the penalty into the top right-hand corner giving keeper Liam Haynes no chance.

As Darlaston's energy levels and confidence visibly grew, the opposite was true of the home side who after such an impressive first half now found themselves two goals behind and chasing the game in an effort to extend their winning run to 6 games.

As the half progressed, Darlaston’s game management was impressive with a significant attacking threat in the second half. Like the visitors had in the first half, Hunters had difficulty clearing the ball against a strong wind and whilst they continued to play some good one touch football at times, they lacked at cutting edge and the impressive defensive line up ensured keeper Whittaker was protected and rarely brought into action.

As the game entered the final few minutes, the game became stretched as Hunters did everything they could to get back into the game. Their only chance of the second half came on 86 minutes when a Hinesh Patel run saw his left foot shot strike rebound off the post and onto the chest of substitute Todd Perry, eventually going inches over the bar.

Isaac Cooper and Tyrone Clarke O'Connell both had late chances for the visitors but shot wide from good positions.

As Darlaston secured the three points and consolidated their position at the top of the table, Sikh Hunters will rue their first half missed chances, but the game is about converting chances and that's exactly what Darlaston did.

After 3 successive away wins Darlaston are on the road again this Saturday as they travel to Tipton Sports Academy to face Tipton Town. Kick-off 3 pm.

Scott Glasby

Player of the Match

Scott Glasby

Key moments

55:00
Goal Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
61:00
Scored Penalty Noah Diallo scores a penalty for Darlaston Town (1874)

Videos and photos

Sikh Hunters 1 December 2018
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Highlights

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90:00 +7:00 Player of the Match
Scott Glasby is awarded player of the match for Darlaston Town (1874)
90:00 +2:00 Foul
Hinesh Patel is fouled for Sikh Hunters
90:00 +1:00 Foul
Luke Charlton is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
90:00 Foul
Alex Solomon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
90:00 Missed Shot
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
89:00 Missed Shot
Isaac Cooper misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
88:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Isaac Cooper
86:00 Missed Shot
Hinesh Patel misses a shot for Sikh Hunters
84:00 Foul
Ashley Smith is fouled for Sikh Hunters
80:00 Foul
Todd Perry is fouled for Sikh Hunters
78:00 Blocked Shot
Hinesh Patel has a shot blocked for Sikh Hunters
78:00 Sub On
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
78:00 Foul
Hinesh Patel is fouled for Sikh Hunters
78:00 Sub Off
Daniel Bolzon is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
77:00 Foul
Connor Archer is fouled for Sikh Hunters
77:00 Sub Off
Noah Diallo is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
77:00 Sub On
Alex Solomon is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
76:00 Saved Shot
Leon Taylor has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
73:00 Sub On
Todd Perry is substituted on for Sikh Hunters
73:00 Sub Off
Tyrone Atkinson is substituted off for Sikh Hunters
71:00 Foul
Dan Jones is fouled for Sikh Hunters
70:00 Yellow Card
Leon Taylor is yellow carded for Darlaston Town (1874)
70:00 Foul
Ashley Smith is fouled for Sikh Hunters
67:00 Foul
Noah Diallo is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
67:00 Foul
Connor Archer is fouled for Sikh Hunters
67:00 Yellow Card
Ben Lawley is yellow carded for Sikh Hunters
67:00 Foul
Daniel Bolzon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
66:00 Sub On
Ashley Justin is substituted on for Sikh Hunters
66:00 Sub Off
Chetan Singh Goray is substituted off for Sikh Hunters
65:00 Yellow Card
Mitch Lawley is yellow carded for Sikh Hunters
64:00 Foul
Jamie Holder is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
64:00 Yellow Card
Ashley Smith is yellow carded for Sikh Hunters
61:00 Scored Penalty 0 - 2
Noah Diallo scores a penalty for Darlaston Town (1874)
60:00 Foul
Connor Archer is fouled for Sikh Hunters
55:00 Assist
Noah Diallo makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
55:00 Goal 0 - 1
Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
53:00 Foul
Daniel Bolzon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
47:00 Foul
Luke Charlton is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
End of period 1
45:00 Foul
Sanjay Malhi is fouled for Sikh Hunters
43:00 Corner taken
Corner for Sikh Hunters taken by Sanjay Malhi
39:00 Yellow Card
Scott Glasby is yellow carded for Darlaston Town (1874)
39:00 Yellow Card
Sanjay Malhi is yellow carded for Sikh Hunters
39:00 Foul
Hinesh Patel is fouled for Sikh Hunters
37:00 Saved Shot
Hinesh Patel has a shot saved for Sikh Hunters
37:00 Foul
Chetan Singh Goray is fouled for Sikh Hunters
33:00 Yellow Card
Sam Causton is yellow carded for Darlaston Town (1874)
33:00 Foul
Tyrone Atkinson is fouled for Sikh Hunters
33:00 Foul
Dan Jones is fouled for Sikh Hunters
30:00 Foul
Connor Archer is fouled for Sikh Hunters
28:00 Missed Shot
Ashley Smith misses a shot for Sikh Hunters
27:00 Foul
Hinesh Patel is fouled for Sikh Hunters
25:00 Corner taken
Corner for Sikh Hunters taken by Sanjay Malhi
24:00 Foul
Leon Taylor is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
23:00 Foul
Leon Taylor is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
23:00 Foul
Sam Causton is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
23:00 Foul
Ashley Smith is fouled for Sikh Hunters
20:00 Foul
Hinesh Patel is fouled for Sikh Hunters
19:00 Foul
Ryan Jones is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
17:00 Foul
Ryan Jones is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
12:00 Sub On
Sam Causton is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
12:00 Sub Off
Ryan McAllister is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
10:00 Foul
Hinesh Patel is fouled for Sikh Hunters
9:00 Corner taken
Corner for Sikh Hunters taken by Sanjay Malhi
7:00 Foul
Ashley Smith is fouled for Sikh Hunters
6:00 Foul
Daniel Bolzon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
4:00 Foul
Noah Diallo is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
3:00 Missed Shot
Sanjay Malhi misses a shot for Sikh Hunters
2:00 Foul
Dan Jones is fouled for Sikh Hunters
2:00 Saved Shot
Chetan Singh Goray has a shot saved for Sikh Hunters
1:00 Foul
Noah Diallo is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Sikh Hunters
  • Darlaston Town (1874)
  • 0
  • Ryan McAllister Sub Off 12:00'
  • Sam Causton Sub On 12:00'
  • Sam Causton Yellow Card 33:00'
  • Scott Glasby Yellow Card 39:00'
  • Sanjay Malhi Yellow Card 39:00'
  • Leon Taylor Goal 55:00'
  • Noah Diallo Assist 55:00'
  • Noah Diallo Scored Penalty 61:00'
  • Ashley Smith Yellow Card 64:00'
  • Mitch Lawley Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Chetan Singh Goray Sub Off 66:00'
  • Ashley Justin Sub On 66:00'
  • Ben Lawley Yellow Card 67:00'
  • Leon Taylor Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Tyrone Atkinson Sub Off 73:00'
  • Todd Perry Sub On 73:00'
  • Noah Diallo Sub Off 77:00'
  • Alex Solomon Sub On 77:00'
  • Daniel Bolzon Sub Off 78:00'
  • Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell Sub On 78:00'

Team selection

Sikh Hunters
  • 1. Liam Haynes
  • 2. Connor Archer
  • 3. Chetan Singh Goray
  • 4. Sanjay Malhi
  • 5. Ben Lawley
  • 6. Ashley Smith
  • 7. Tyrone Atkinson
  • 8. Mitch Lawley
  • 9. Justin Nisbett
  • 10. Hinesh Patel
  • 11. Dan Jones
  • 12. Liam Dawson
  • 13. Todd Perry
  • 14. Ashley Justin
  • 15. Sammy Whitehouse
  • 16. Jason Jeffries

League round up

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5
Newport Town
2
3
Worcester Raiders
Bustleholme
0
2
Tipton Town
2
4
Old Wulfrunians
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P
P
Bromyard Town
Willenhall Town
4
1
Wyrley

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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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