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Willenhall Town
Darlaston Town (1874)
L Mills (65' Sent Off)
Full time
T Clarke-O'Connell (24', 70'), L Taylor (34', 84'), D Bolzon (46')
Sat 26 Jan 15:00 - West Midlands Regional League - WMRL Division One

Darlaston overcome difficult conditions and motivated opposition in yesterdays local derby

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Willenhall and Darlaston served up a great advert for non-league football in a quality local derby played at times in awful conditions.

League leaders Darlaston extended their unbeaten league run to 11 games with an excellent 5-0 away win at Willenhall Town and in doing so extended their winning run to 6 games scoring 29 and conceding just 2 in the process.

The visitors opened brightly, in the 2nd minute Tyrone Clarke O'Connell beat two defenders and cut in from the left unleashing an angled drive across the face of the Willenhall goal skimming the cross bar. On 7 minutes Darlaston were awarded a penalty when former Darlaston defender Liam Cox was harshly adjudged to have held back Leon Taylor in the penalty area. Noah Diallo confidently stepped up to strike the resulting spot kick with pace and height, but Willenhall’s ex Albion keeper Chris Adamson made a stunning save tipping the ball onto the bar with a one handed save.

In difficult playing conditions both teams were playing some good controlled football and Willenhall started to get a foothold into the game going toe to toe with their local rivals. Liam Cox and Connor Fellows were impressive at the heart of the home defence whilst Steven Homes and Liam Hickman were prompting and probing looking to create a clear chance. On 13 minutes Holmes had Willenhall's best chance of the game getting in behind the visitor’s defence, he was forced wide in rounding keeper Liam Whittaker and the chance had gone, as his angled shot went across the face of goal Ash Evans cleared the danger.

Darlaston took the lead on 24 minutes a long goal kick by keeper Whittaker caught the home defence at sixes and sevens, the pace of Tyrone Clarke-O’Connell saw him burst through the heart of the defence and beat the advancing Adamson to lob him from 12 yards.

On 27 minutes Daniel Bolzon cut in from the right to unleash a powerful left footed shot only to be denied by Adamson's outstretched leg. Josh Rayden shot wide for Willenhall whilst Adamson again came to his side's rescue keeping out Clarke-O’Connell’s in swinging corner.

As the rain came down and playing conditions worsened both teams continued to play neat attractive football the impressive Hickman and Mills looking dangerous but kept at bay by the superb Luke Charlton and Scott Glasby whilst Taylor Clarke O'Connell, Bolzon and Diallo were a constant thorn in the side of the Willenhall defence.

A goal of the highest quality gave the league leaders their second goal on 34 minutes. Taylor held up the ball in midfield laid it off to Noah Diallo who held the ball up superbly before playing in a superbly weighted pass to the overlapping Sam Causton who whipped in a magnificent right-wing cross for Taylor to net his 23rd league goal of the season with a power header giving Adamson no chance.

The visitors were now turning the screw on an overworked home defence, Bolzon hit the post with a sliding effort, after O’Connell whipped in a low cross into the 6-yard box whilst Taylor was again thwarted by Adamson on the stroke of half time.

Willenhall were still in the game at half time, their work rate, endeavour and quality of play was impressive but within a minute of the restart the game was put beyond their grasp. Another goal of the highest quality gave the visitors an unassailable lead on 46 minutes. Clarke O'Connell picked up the ball midway in his own half, advanced fully 50 yards to set up Daniel Bolzon who took one touch before drilling home beyond Adamson from 15 yards.

Willenhall created two half chances Liam Hickman forcing Whittaker into a rare save with a 20-yard effort, the keeper was again in action saving a Lee Mills shot at the second attempt to deny Nathan derrick snapping up the rebound.

The heavy rain was making the pitch a quagmire in midfield but both teams continued to entertain in a game played in the right spirit. Jamie Holder and Alex Solomon were now controlling midfield with some excellent interventions as full backs Ash Evans and Sam Causton made several marauding runs down the left and right flanks respectively.

On 65 minutes Willenhall's Lee Mills saw red as he argued with referee Mowbray. Mills appeared to put his hands on the referee and was dismissed instantly. Despite playing with 10 men for 25 minutes and being 3 goals down Willenhall showed great pride and tenacity, continuing to show good quality and passing skills.

However, Darlaston remained on top and as the conditions deteriorated, they netted their 4th goal in the 70th minute and it was another stunning goal of top quality. The interplay between O'Connell and Taylor was causing all sorts of problems for the home side and the two combined again in the 70th minute, Taylor out wide on the left measured his pass perfectly for O’Connell to unleash a right footed shot across Adamson.

Darlaston continued to push forward, Evans shot from distance was saved, Taylor's powerful header cleared the bar and Jarrod Grant forced Adamson into another outstanding save.

The final goal came 6 minutes from the end. On the edge of the Willenhall penalty area the ball fell to O'Connell whose overhead kick eventually fell to Taylor who side stepped a defender to score from 8 yards.

This Saturday Darlaston welcome fourth placed Team Dudley to the Paycare Ground. The visitors are also in fine form on a 6-game winning streak, so another excellent and competitive game is in prospect. Kick Off 2.00pm at The Paycare Ground, Bentley Leisure Pavilion, Bentley Road North, Bentley Walsall WS2 0EA.

Liam Whittaker

Player of the Match

Liam Whittaker

Key moments

24:00
Goal Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
34:00
Goal Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
46:00
Goal Daniel Bolzon scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
65:00
Red Card Lee Mills is sent off for Willenhall Town
70:00
Goal Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
84:00
Goal Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)

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Highlights

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90:00 +1:00 Foul
Luke Charlton is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
89:00 Saved Shot
Jarrod Grant has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
88:00 Sub Off
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
88:00 Sub On
Ryan Kingdon is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
87:00 Blocked Shot
Jarrod Grant has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
86:00 Saved Shot
Alex Solomon has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
85:00 Foul
Ryan Jones is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
84:00 Goal 0 - 5
Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
84:00 Assist
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
82:00 Saved Shot
Jarrod Grant has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
80:00 Sub Off
Daniel Bolzon is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
80:00 Sub On
Jarrod Grant is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
78:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Ashley Evans
73:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell
72:00 Missed Shot
Ashley Evans misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
72:00 Sub Off
Noah Diallo is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
72:00 Sub On
Ryan Jones is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
71:00 Foul
Damien Wood is fouled for Willenhall Town
70:00 Goal 0 - 4
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
70:00 Assist
Leon Taylor makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
66:00 Sub On
Damien Wood is substituted on for Willenhall Town
66:00 Foul
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
66:00 Sub Off
Ben Brown is substituted off for Willenhall Town
65:00 Red Card 0 - 3
Lee Mills is sent off for Willenhall Town
64:00 Foul
Noah Diallo is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
62:00 Corner taken
Corner for Willenhall Town taken by Lee Mills
61:00 Sub On
Gurpreet Singh is substituted on for Willenhall Town
61:00 Sub Off
Liam Cox is substituted off for Willenhall Town
57:00 Foul
Liam Hickman is fouled for Willenhall Town
54:00 Saved Shot
Lee Mills has a shot saved for Willenhall Town
54:00 Corner taken
Corner for Willenhall Town taken by Lee Mills
51:00 Saved Shot
Liam Hickman has a shot saved for Willenhall Town
50:00 Corner taken
Corner for Willenhall Town taken by Lee Mills
48:00 Saved Shot
Daniel Bolzon has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
47:00 Foul
Noah Diallo is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
46:00 Goal 0 - 3
Daniel Bolzon scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
46:00 Assist
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
End of period 1
45:00 +53:00 Player of the Match
Liam Whittaker is awarded player of the match for Darlaston Town (1874)
43:00 Saved Shot
Leon Taylor has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
40:00 Missed Shot
Daniel Bolzon misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
37:00 Blocked Shot
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
37:00 Blocked Shot
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
36:00 Foul
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
34:00 Goal 0 - 2
Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
34:00 Assist
Sam Causton makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
31:00 Foul
Lee Mills is fouled for Willenhall Town
30:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell
30:00 Foul
Steve Holmes is fouled for Willenhall Town
28:00 Missed Shot
Josh Raydon misses a shot for Willenhall Town
27:00 Missed Shot
Daniel Bolzon misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
24:00 Goal 0 - 1
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
24:00 Assist
Liam Whittaker makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
23:00 Missed Shot
Liam Hickman misses a shot for Willenhall Town
21:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Ashley Evans
20:00 Foul
Ben Brown is fouled for Willenhall Town
17:00 Foul
Noah Diallo is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
16:00 Corner taken
Corner for Willenhall Town taken by Lee Mills
15:00 Foul
Daniel Bolzon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
13:00 Foul
Lee Mills is fouled for Willenhall Town
13:00 Blocked Shot
Steve Holmes has a shot blocked for Willenhall Town
12:00 Foul
Louis Leech is fouled for Willenhall Town
11:00 Missed Shot
Daniel Bolzon misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
10:00 Foul
Josh Raydon is fouled for Willenhall Town
10:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Noah Diallo
8:00 Saved Penalty
Chris Adamson saves a penalty for Willenhall Town
8:00 Missed Penalty
Noah Diallo misses a penalty for Darlaston Town (1874)
6:00 Foul
Alex Solomon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
2:00 Missed Shot
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
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As it happened

  • Willenhall Town
  • Darlaston Town (1874)
  • 0
  • Noah Diallo Missed Penalty 8:00'
  • Chris Adamson Saved Penalty 8:00'
  • Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell Goal 24:00'
  • Liam Whittaker Assist 24:00'
  • Leon Taylor Goal 34:00'
  • Sam Causton Assist 34:00'
  • Daniel Bolzon Goal 46:00'
  • Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell Assist 46:00'
  • Gurpreet Singh Sub On 61:00'
  • Liam Cox Sub Off 61:00'
  • Lee Mills Red Card 65:00'
  • Ben Brown Sub Off 66:00'
  • Damien Wood Sub On 66:00'
  • Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell Goal 70:00'
  • Leon Taylor Assist 70:00'
  • Noah Diallo Sub Off 72:00'
  • Ryan Jones Sub On 72:00'
  • Jarrod Grant Sub On 80:00'
  • Daniel Bolzon Sub Off 80:00'
  • Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell Assist 84:00'
  • Leon Taylor Goal 84:00'
  • Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell Sub Off 88:00'
  • Ryan Kingdon Sub On 88:00'

Team selection

Willenhall Town
  • 1. Chris Adamson
  • 2. Josh Raydon
  • 3. Ben Brown
  • 4. Andy Owen
  • 5. Liam Cox
  • 6. Connor Fellows
  • 7. Steve Holmes
  • 8. Louis Leech
  • 9. Liam Hickman
  • 10. Lee Mills
  • 11. Nathan Derrick
  • 12. Gurpreet Singh
  • 13. Dilpreet Singh
  • 14. Damien Wood
  • 15. Deerome Cummins
  • 16. Steve Stearn

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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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