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Darlaston Town (1874)
Old Wulfrunians
L Taylor (22', 40')
Full time
Sat 9 Feb 14:00 - West Midlands Regional League - WMRL Division One Attendance 127

Double trouble for Old Wulfs as Taylor does it again

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Darlaston's win maintains their position at the top of the League as both Worcester and Droitwich win well

In front of a bumper crowd Darlaston Town maintained their position at the top of West Midlands Regional League Division One with an excellent 2-0 win against a strong Old Wulfs side who had lost just once in 7 league games.

Top goal scorer Leon Taylor was the destroyer in chief taking his league goal tally to 26 goals as Darlaston stretched their own unbeaten run to 12 games taking 34 points in the process.

Despite the earlier torrential rain, the playing surface was in excellent playing condition as the game started in blustery conditions as both sides looked to get the upper hand it was the visitors who had the first half chance a Scott Stevenson curling free kick missing the target following a Scott Glasby foul on James Weaver.

The quality of football from both teams was impressive with James Weaver and Tony Agnello looking impressive for the visitors whilst Darlaston's front three of Taylor, Tyrone Clarke O'Connell and Daniel Bolzon were linking up well to keep the visitors defence on the back foot.

Darlaston took the lead on 22 minutes with a superbly crafted goal. Clarke O'Connell's defence splitting pass found Taylor who beat his marker to unleash a left foot angled shot beyond the advancing keeper Jamie Bostock.

Wulfs continued to play some neat controlled football without posing a real goal threat whilst Alex Solomon, Noah Diallo and Isaac Cooper were imposing their presence in midfield as the league leaders began to assert themselves as they pushed forward for the second goal. Cooper set up Clarke-O'Connell with an inch perfect pass on 26 minutes, but Bostock made a comfortable save from Clarke O'Connell's 12-yard shot.

For the visitors Tom Ray headed over from a free kick and Jake Pearson failed to make contact with a diving header from a Weaver cross but it was Darlaston who were generally on top. A Ryan Jones’ pass found Clarke-O’Connell in space in front of Old Wulf’s back three, his pacey run ended with a 20-yard shot blocked by a last-ditch covering challenge by skipper Tom Ray.

Darlaston extended their lead on 40 minutes. An excellent run by Taylor beyond the visitors’ defence was rewarded as Isaac Cooper's 35-yard inch perfect pass opened up the visitors to find Taylor whose superb first touch fell at his feet and he calmly slotted beyond Bostock for his 26th goal of the season.

Whilst Darlaston held a first half advantage Wulfs continued to impress but lacked a significant goal threat as skipper Glasby and Luke Charlton were impressive at the heart of the home defence.

In the opening minutes of the second half Daniel Bolzon rattled the bar and post with a rasping 18-yard drive with keeper Bostock well beaten. Clarke O’Connell was again threatening, his stinging drive blocked by Adam Holliday and Bolzon again forced keeper Bostock into action to save another effort in the 52nd minute.

Full back Sam Causton, Cooper and Bolzon combined well on several occasions down the right flank but the final crosses were cleared by the overworked visitors defence and keeper Bostock. It was not all Darlaston though as Scott Stevenson and Jake Pearson were prompting and probing in midfield as they looked to get their team back into the game.
Cooper beat three defenders as his pace sent him on a 40-yard run his cross into the box was cleared just as Leon Taylor was about to head home for his hat-trick.

Old Wulf’s had the ball in the net in the 67th minute substitute Nathan Lodge finishing from 10 yards but the off-side flag had long been raised.

As both managers made their substitutions the game became disjointed and stretched, the visitors benefited but were kept at bay as Darlaston’s defensive line of Causton, Glasby, Charlton and Jones stood firm, with stand in keeper Dan Elwell rarely in action with only a single save to make from a James Weaver strike.

Adam Holliday kept his team in the game clearing a Scott Glasby header off the line, whilst Cooper and Taylor both had shots at goal blocked by a Wulfs defender. At the other end Weaver and Stevenson both had long range efforts comfortably saved by Elwell.

The league leaders were very professional as their game management in the final 20 minutes was superb against a very good skilful Old Wulfs team who played good football and whose work rate was second to none.

Next Saturday Darlaston are once again at home when they entertain Telford Juniors. Kick-off 2.00pm.

Leon Taylor

Player of the Match

Leon Taylor

Key moments

22:00
Goal Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
40:00
Goal Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)

Highlights

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90:00 Foul
Tony Agnello is fouled for Old Wulfrunians
89:00 Foul
Charlie Turner is fouled for Old Wulfrunians
86:00 Corner taken
Corner for Old Wulfrunians taken by Scott Stevenson
85:00 Sub On
Anthony Follows is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
85:00 Sub Off
Alex Solomon is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
85:00 Sub On
Danny Blackwell is substituted on for Old Wulfrunians
85:00 Sub Off
Richard Palmer is substituted off for Old Wulfrunians
83:00 Foul
James Weaver is fouled for Old Wulfrunians
82:00 Saved Shot
Scott Stevenson has a shot saved for Old Wulfrunians
82:00 Corner taken
Corner for Old Wulfrunians taken by James Weaver
81:00 Saved Shot
Nathan Lodge has a shot saved for Old Wulfrunians
80:00 Missed Shot
Alex Solomon misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
79:00 Blocked Shot
Leon Taylor has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
77:00 Corner taken
Corner for Old Wulfrunians taken by James Weaver
75:00 Foul
Daniel Bolzon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
75:00 Missed Shot
Tom Ray misses a shot for Old Wulfrunians
73:00 Foul
Nathan Lodge is fouled for Old Wulfrunians
72:00 Sub Off
Adam Holliday is substituted off for Old Wulfrunians
72:00 Sub On
Daniel Patrick is substituted on for Old Wulfrunians
72:00 Saved Shot
James Weaver has a shot saved for Old Wulfrunians
71:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Isaac Cooper
71:00 Blocked Shot
Isaac Cooper has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
68:00 Foul
Isaac Cooper is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
67:00 Sub Off
Noah Diallo is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
67:00 Sub On
Jamie Holder is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
64:00 Sub On
Nathan Lodge is substituted on for Old Wulfrunians
64:00 Sub Off
Louis Harper is substituted off for Old Wulfrunians
63:00 Foul
Tony Agnello is fouled for Old Wulfrunians
61:00 Corner taken
Corner for Old Wulfrunians taken by Louis Harper
57:00 Missed Shot
Isaac Cooper misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
57:00 Foul
Sam Causton is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
56:00 Missed Shot
James Weaver misses a shot for Old Wulfrunians
52:00 Foul
Luke Charlton is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
52:00 Saved Shot
Daniel Bolzon has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
51:00 Corner taken
Corner for Old Wulfrunians taken by Scott Stevenson
50:00 Foul
James Weaver is fouled for Old Wulfrunians
49:00 Blocked Shot
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
48:00 Missed Shot
Daniel Bolzon misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
46:00 Blocked Shot
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
46:00 Foul
Isaac Cooper is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
End of period 1
45:00 +52:00 Player of the Match
Leon Taylor is awarded player of the match for Darlaston Town (1874)
43:00 Missed Shot
Tom Ray misses a shot for Old Wulfrunians
40:00 Goal 2 - 0
Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
40:00 Assist
Isaac Cooper makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
38:00 Blocked Shot
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
33:00 Foul
Noah Diallo is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
29:00 Foul
Sam Causton is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
27:00 Foul
Tony Agnello is fouled for Old Wulfrunians
26:00 Saved Shot
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
23:00 Foul
Isaac Cooper is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
22:00 Goal 1 - 0
Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
22:00 Assist
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
18:00 Foul
Tony Agnello is fouled for Old Wulfrunians
16:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Noah Diallo
15:00 Foul
Jamie Bostock is fouled for Old Wulfrunians
15:00 Foul
Noah Diallo is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
13:00 Foul
Daniel Bolzon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
12:00 Foul
Daniel Bolzon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
6:00 Foul
Sam Causton is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
2:00 Foul
James Weaver is fouled for Old Wulfrunians
2:00 Missed Shot
Scott Stevenson misses a shot for Old Wulfrunians
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Darlaston Town (1874)
  • Old Wulfrunians
  • 0
  • Leon Taylor Goal 22:00'
  • Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell Assist 22:00'
  • Leon Taylor Goal 40:00'
  • Isaac Cooper Assist 40:00'
  • Louis Harper Sub Off 64:00'
  • Nathan Lodge Sub On 64:00'
  • Noah Diallo Sub Off 67:00'
  • Jamie Holder Sub On 67:00'
  • Adam Holliday Sub Off 72:00'
  • Daniel Patrick Sub On 72:00'
  • Alex Solomon Sub Off 85:00'
  • Anthony Follows Sub On 85:00'
  • Richard Palmer Sub Off 85:00'
  • Danny Blackwell Sub On 85:00'

Team selection

Old Wulfrunians
  • 1. Jamie Bostock
  • 2. Charlie Turner
  • 3. Louis Harper
  • 4. Andy Broome
  • 5. Tom Ray
  • 6. Adam Holliday
  • 7. Jake Pearson
  • 8. Richard Palmer
  • 9. James Weaver
  • 10. Tony Agnello
  • 11. Scott Stevenson
  • 12. Daniel Patrick
  • 13. Nathan Lodge
  • 14. Leigh Brindley
  • 15. Danny Blackwell

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Worcester Raiders 31 76
2. Darlaston Town (1874) 31 75
3. Droitwich Spa 32 69
4. Sikh Hunters 32 64
5. Team Dudley 32 59
6. Wrens Nest 31 51
7. Old Wulfrunians 32 49

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