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Darlaston Town (1874)
Newport Town
T Clarke-O'Connell (31', 58', 84'), D Bolzon (42'), L Taylor (64'), A Evans (66'), S Glasby (72')
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Sat 19 Jan 14:00 - West Midlands Regional League - WMRL Division One Attendance 102

Five second half goals help secure record win at The Paycare Ground

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A Tyrone Clarke O'Connell hat trick helps keep Darlaston's tenure as League leaders

A Tyrone Clarke O'Connell hat trick, his first for the club, saw Darlaston record their biggest home win since re-forming in 2014. The 7-0 win equalled their previous record win on 15 November 2014 away at Red Star Alma. The win keeps them top of West Midlands Regional League Division One following a superb 10 game unbeaten league run taking 28 points from a possible 30.

Darlaston made a bright start and were in control from the start forcing impressive Newport keeper Andy Heal into several saves in the opening few minutes. Daniel Bolzon and Noah Diallo (twice) forcing Heal into action whilst Leon Taylor was thwarted on four occasions by some superb blocking tackles by an over worked Newport defence in which George Hill and Hayden Fincher were superb.

On 10 minutes Bolzon thought he had opened the scoring, eluding his marker cutting in from the right flank and unleashing a vicious 18-yard shot which thudded against the cross bar and rebounded to safety. As the half wore on Newport brought the best out of Darlaston’s keeper Whittaker, full stretch saves from Rai and Latham after 15 and 18 minutes respectfully as the supporters of both teams were being well entertained.

Despite their impressive start Darlaston were not able to breach the Newport defence and they became frustrated, forcing their passes which saw them give the ball away too frequently allowing the visitors to compose themselves and relieve the pressure on their goal.

Darlaston were having the majority of possession and had the ball in the net in the 28th minute, Noah Diallo’s "goal" was disallowed for a foul on Newport’s keeper Heal.

The home fans didn’t have to wait too much longer for the first goal of the afternoon and what a scorcher it was. On 31 minutes Leon Taylor laid the ball off to Tyrone Clarke-O’Connell, who struck a crisp 15-yard strike giving keeper Heal no chance.

Twelve attempts on goal had wielded just the single goal but another superb goal on 42 minutes saw the home team double their advantage. For the umpteenth time the energetic Alex Solomon broke clear in midfield, beat his marker and crossed from the by-line, cutting the ball back for Daniel Bolzon to volley home at the near post.

As both teams left the field for half-time team talk the management duo of Andy Parkes and Scott Moore demanded more from their team looking to turn their possession into more goals, which may well be important at the end of the season as four teams continue to battle it at out at the top of the Division.

The team talk worked as the home side upped the pace of their game Ash Evans having the first chance of the half on 48 minutes his effort just drifting wide. Evans and Taylor brought fine saves from Heal as the home side looked to press home their advantage. Newport were hard working and resilient, but they were pressed back into their own half for long periods with only rare ventures into the Darlaston half.

A superbly worked goal on 58 minutes saw Clarke O'Connell net his second goal of the game to wrap up the points. A clearance from keeper Heal was picked up by Jamie Holder inside his own half, his precision 30-yard pass through the heart of the visitor’s midfield and defence sent Clarke O'Connell clear to strike a crisp shot beyond a stranded Heal in the Newport goal. A minute later Heal was again in action with yet another save at full stretch to temporarily deny Clarke O'Connell his hat-trick.

Darlaston’s fourth was created and converted by top scorer Leon Taylor. Taylor's work rate and hold up play was superb all afternoon and the top scorer was not to be denied as he chased a lost cause, putting keeper Heal under intense pressure resulting in Taylor nipping in to steal the ball and side foot into the net to score his 22nd league goal of the season.

The opening 3 goals were all superb in their own way and Taylor's work rate ensured he deserved his goal but arguably the best but certainly cheekiest goal came from Ash Evans on 64 minutes. Sam Causton and Alex Solomon combined at a short corner, Solomon’s cross was met by an outrageous Evans flick 12 yards out, which wrong footed everyone and found the back of the net.

Darlaston were now playing some excellent football and the sixth goal came on 72 minutes captain Scott Glasby scoring his first goal for the club with a near post header from an Ash Evans corner.

Clarke-O’Connell completed his hat-trick on 84 minutes with another finely crafted goal. Some excellent approach work from substitute Jarrod Grant saw him pass to Taylor on the edge of the box, Taylor's well placed lay off was met by the left foot of Clarke-O’Connell his clinical finish finding the top corner.

On Saturday Darlaston visit local rivals Willenhall Town in another Division One fixture. Kick off 3pm at the Cottage Ground Amos Lane Wednesfield.

Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell

Player of the Match

Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell

Key moments

31:00
Goal Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
42:00
Goal Daniel Bolzon scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
58:00
Goal Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
64:00
Goal Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
66:00
Goal Ashley Evans scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
72:00
Goal Scott Glasby scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
84:00
Goal Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell scores for Darlaston Town (1874)

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Highlights

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90:00 +7:00 Player of the Match
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell is awarded player of the match for Darlaston Town (1874)
84:00 Goal 7 - 0
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
84:00 Assist
Leon Taylor makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
83:00 Saved Shot
Ashley Evans has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
81:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Ashley Evans
80:00 Saved Shot
Ryan Kingdon has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
79:00 Missed Shot
Jarrod Grant misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
78:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Noah Diallo
75:00 Sub On
Anthony Follows is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
75:00 Sub Off
Jamie Holder is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
75:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Noah Diallo
73:00 Saved Shot
Jamie Holder has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
72:00 Sub On
Ryan Kingdon is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
72:00 Sub Off
Daniel Bolzon is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
72:00 Assist
Ashley Evans makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
72:00 Goal 6 - 0
Scott Glasby scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
71:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Ashley Evans
70:00 Saved Shot
Jarrod Grant has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
69:00 Foul
Hayden Fincher is fouled for Newport Town
68:00 Blocked Shot
Noah Diallo has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
68:00 Foul
Sam Causton is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
67:00 Sub Off
Alex Solomon is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
67:00 Sub On
Jarrod Grant is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
66:00 Assist
Alex Solomon makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
66:00 Goal 5 - 0
Ashley Evans scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
66:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Sam Causton
64:00 Goal 4 - 0
Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
62:00 Saved Shot
Daniel Bolzon has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
61:00 Blocked Shot
Daniel Bolzon has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
59:00 Saved Shot
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
59:00 Foul
Andy Heal is fouled for Newport Town
58:00 Goal 3 - 0
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
58:00 Assist
Jamie Holder makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
56:00 Saved Shot
Ashley Evans has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
53:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Ashley Evans
53:00 Saved Shot
Leon Taylor has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
51:00 Foul
Alex Solomon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
51:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell
48:00 Missed Shot
Ashley Evans misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
46:00 Foul
Sam Causton is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
End of period 1
45:00 Missed Shot
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
42:00 Assist
Alex Solomon makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
42:00 Goal 2 - 0
Daniel Bolzon scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
39:00 Saved Shot
Jamie Holder has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
37:00 Foul
Noah Diallo is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
31:00 Goal 1 - 0
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
31:00 Assist
Leon Taylor makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
28:00 Foul
Andy Heal is fouled for Newport Town
27:00 Foul
Daniel Bolzon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
24:00 Missed Shot
Connor Gittins misses a shot for Newport Town
21:00 Saved Shot
Daniel Bolzon has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
21:00 Saved Shot
Chris Latham has a shot saved for Newport Town
21:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Noah Diallo
20:00 Corner taken
Corner for Newport Town taken by Jamie Johnnys
19:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Noah Diallo
19:00 Foul
Noah Diallo is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
18:00 Saved Shot
Gurcharan Rai has a shot saved for Newport Town
16:00 Foul
Alex Solomon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
15:00 Foul
Ashley Evans is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
10:00 Saved Shot
Noah Diallo has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
10:00 Blocked Shot
Leon Taylor has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
10:00 Blocked Shot
Leon Taylor has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
9:00 Missed Shot
Daniel Bolzon misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
7:00 Foul
Daniel Bolzon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
7:00 Saved Shot
Noah Diallo has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
6:00 Saved Shot
Daniel Bolzon has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
2:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Noah Diallo
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As it happened

  • Darlaston Town (1874)
  • Newport Town
  • 0
  • Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell Goal 31:00'
  • Leon Taylor Assist 31:00'
  • Daniel Bolzon Goal 42:00'
  • Alex Solomon Assist 42:00'
  • Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell Goal 58:00'
  • Jamie Holder Assist 58:00'
  • Leon Taylor Goal 64:00'
  • Ashley Evans Goal 66:00'
  • Alex Solomon Assist 66:00'
  • Alex Solomon Sub Off 67:00'
  • Jarrod Grant Sub On 67:00'
  • Daniel Bolzon Sub Off 72:00'
  • Ryan Kingdon Sub On 72:00'
  • Scott Glasby Goal 72:00'
  • Ashley Evans Assist 72:00'
  • Jamie Holder Sub Off 75:00'
  • Anthony Follows Sub On 75:00'
  • Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell Goal 84:00'
  • Leon Taylor Assist 84:00'

Team selection

Newport Town
  • 1. Andy Heal
  • 2. Tom Daley
  • 3. Tahli Harrigan
  • 4. George Hill
  • 5. Hayden Fincher
  • 6. Connor Gittins
  • 7. King Davies
  • 8. Richard Priest
  • 9. Chris Latham
  • 10. Gurcharan Rai
  • 11. Jamie Johnnys

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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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