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Darlaston Town (1874)
Telford Juniors
L Taylor (12', 30', 41', 64'), A Evans (36'), N Diallo (89' Pen)
Full time
C Wilson (70'), T Poole (88' Sent Off)
Sat 16 Feb 14:00 - West Midlands Regional League - WMRL Division One Attendance 107

Darlaston secure comfortable win, but now look towards Saturdays top of the table clash

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Its now the business end of the season, it starts with next Saturdays visit to second placed Worcester Raiders

Darlaston Town marksman Leon Taylor hit the top of the West Midlands Regional League Division One scoring chart bagging 4 goals, including a first half 29-minute hat trick, in a comfortable 6-1 victory against a spirited Telford Juniors.

Whilst the victory means they still hold a 5-point gap at the top of the table this was by no means Darlaston's most fluent performance of the season but with all still to play for it is results in their remaining 7 games and not performances which will determine the destination of this season's Division One title.

The home side started the game at pace over running the visitors creating five clear chances in the opening 6 minutes. Keeper Mitchell Delamere was in fine form denying Noah Diallo twice and Daniel Bolzon three times with fine saves. Tyrone Clarke-O’Connell was also unfortunate not to get his name on the scoresheet as his pace took him beyond the Telford defence but he was forced wide by Delamere. The influential striker could not get his shot off as the chance going begging, the striker picking up a muscle strain for his troubles.

Darlaston Town v Telford Juniors 16-2-19
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On 11 minutes Diallo shot wide but the home team's pressure was rewarded in the 12th minute when a superb reverse pass by Bolzon found Taylor who rounded keeper Delamere to stroke the ball into an empty net from 8 yards.

Clarke-O’Connell could not recover from his muscle injury and was forced to leave the field on 17 minutes, Ash Evans his replacement from the substitutes bench.

On 20 minutes Taylor and Diallo combined to split open the visitor’s defence Diallo’s 18-yard strike leaving Mitchell stranded but unfortunately for the home fans the ball struck the inside of the post and rebounded to safety. Alex Solomon and Taylor both missed good chances.

The visitors were limited to rare foray's out of their half, but they worked hard and created two half chances Callum Wilson and William Drewfield both failing to convert with headers.

The over worked Delamere was again in action saving from Evans before the home side doubled their lead in the 30th minute. Taylor netted his second goal Alex Solomon winning the ball on the edge of the box before setting up Taylor to convert easily.

Alex Solomei and Joshua Dodd were magnificent at the heart of the visitors defence with some superb defending but they could not repel wave after wave of Darlaston attacks and the spirit and work rate of the visitors was impressive.

Solomon was again the provider capitalising on a defensive error to set up Evans whose crisp left foot volley from 10 yards gave Delamere no chance.

Delamere was in action again saving from Solomon and full back Ryan Jones was inches over with a 25-yard free kick. Taylor completed his hat trick on 41 minutes another Alex Solomon defence splitting pass found Taylor's superb run beyond the visitor’s defence to convert easily.
Nineteen first half shots at goal produced just 4 goals but the visitors never lost heart keeper Delamere and Solomei and Poole all showing excellent defensive qualities.

Diallo, Scott Glasby, Jamie Holder, Taylor and Solomon all missed chances in the opening 15 minutes of the second half and whilst not always fluent the home team had too much for their visitors. The second half promised more goals but failings in front of goal coupled with the home team taking their foot off the pedal and a spirited second half performance by the visitors saw a more evenly contested half.

Without creating any clear opportunities Callum Wilson and Jordan Hall were finding more space for the visitors as they had more of the ball in the opening 20 minutes of the second half than they had in the entire first half.

Further Darlaston chances went begging before Taylor netted their fifth on 64 minutes. Taylor powered his way through the heart of the Telford defence leaving 4 defenders in his wake as he rolled the ball into the net for his 30th league goal of the season.

On 70 minutes Darlaston conceded their first goal in three league games Callum Wilson's superb looping header from 15 yards giving keeper Dan Elwell no chance.

Diallo, Evans, Taylor and Sam Causton all had chances saved or blocked before Darlaston completed the scoring in the 88th minute. Taylor was denied his fifth goal of the game when Tom Poole handled his goal bound effort on the goal line. Poole received a red card for his troubles and Diallo stepped up to convert the resultant spot kick.

It was somewhat poignant that the game ended with the two men of the match performers again in combat as Delamere again saved from Taylor on 91 minutes.

The win extends Darlaston's unbeaten run to 13 games as they visit Worcester Raiders in a top of the table clash this Saturday. Kick off 2pm at Claines Lane, a coach leaves Bentley Leisure Pavilion at 11.15am.

Leon Taylor

Player of the Match

Leon Taylor

Key moments

12:00
Goal Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
30:00
Goal Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
36:00
Goal Ashley Evans scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
41:00
Goal Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
64:00
Goal Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
70:00
Goal Callum Wilson scores for Telford Juniors
88:00
Red Card Tom Poole is sent off for Telford Juniors
89:00
Scored Penalty Noah Diallo scores a penalty for Darlaston Town (1874)

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Darlaston Town v Telford Juniors 16-2-19
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Highlights

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90:00 +7:00 Player of the Match
Leon Taylor is awarded player of the match for Darlaston Town (1874)
89:00 Scored Penalty 6 - 1
Noah Diallo scores a penalty for Darlaston Town (1874)
88:00 Red Card 5 - 1
Tom Poole is sent off for Telford Juniors
88:00 Blocked Shot
Leon Taylor has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
87:00 Blocked Shot
Sam Causton has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
86:00 Foul
Bekir Halil is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
84:00 Blocked Shot
Ashley Evans has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
84:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Bekir Halil
82:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Ashley Evans
81:00 Sub Off
Daniel Bolzon is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
81:00 Sub On
Danny Mayne is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
81:00 Yellow Card
William Drewfield is yellow carded for Telford Juniors
79:00 Foul
Tom Poole is fouled for Telford Juniors
79:00 Foul
William Drewfield is fouled for Telford Juniors
77:00 Foul
Ashley Evans is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
73:00 Sub Off
Jordan Hall is substituted off for Telford Juniors
73:00 Sub On
Ian Preece is substituted on for Telford Juniors
70:00 Goal 5 - 1
Callum Wilson scores for Telford Juniors
68:00 Foul
Noah Diallo is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
67:00 Missed Shot
Charlie Cook misses a shot for Telford Juniors
65:00 Missed Shot
Callum Wilson misses a shot for Telford Juniors
64:00 Goal 5 - 0
Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
64:00 Assist
Jamie Holder makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
61:00 Sub Off
Alex Solomon is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
61:00 Foul
Sam Causton is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
61:00 Sub On
Bekir Halil is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
59:00 Missed Shot
Jamie Holder misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
59:00 Missed Shot
Alex Solomon misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
58:00 Saved Shot
Leon Taylor has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
56:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Ryan Jones
56:00 Saved Shot
Noah Diallo has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
56:00 Saved Shot
Noah Diallo has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
54:00 Foul
Sam Causton is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
54:00 Yellow Card
Jordan Hall is yellow carded for Telford Juniors
50:00 Foul
Noah Diallo is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
49:00 Foul
Denis Cristian is fouled for Telford Juniors
47:00 Foul
Scott Glasby is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
45:00 Sub Off
Daniel Ivascu is substituted off for Telford Juniors
45:00 Sub On
Dylan Cook is substituted on for Telford Juniors
End of period 1
43:00 Saved Shot
Leon Taylor has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
41:00 Assist
Alex Solomon makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
41:00 Goal 4 - 0
Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
40:00 Foul
Luke Charlton is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
39:00 Foul
Noah Diallo is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
37:00 Saved Shot
Alex Solomon has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
36:00 Assist
Alex Solomon makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
36:00 Goal 3 - 0
Ashley Evans scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
33:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Noah Diallo
32:00 Blocked Shot
Alex Solomon has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
31:00 Missed Shot
Alex Solomon misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
30:00 Assist
Alex Solomon makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
30:00 Goal 2 - 0
Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
28:00 Saved Shot
Ashley Evans has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
24:00 Foul
Callum Wilson is fouled for Telford Juniors
22:00 Missed Shot
Leon Taylor misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
20:00 Missed Shot
Noah Diallo misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
17:00 Sub On
Ashley Evans is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
17:00 Sub Off
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
15:00 Missed Shot
Alex Solomon misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
15:00 Missed Shot
Alex Solomon misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
12:00 Assist
Daniel Bolzon makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
12:00 Goal 1 - 0
Leon Taylor scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
11:00 Missed Shot
Noah Diallo misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
9:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Noah Diallo
6:00 Saved Shot
Daniel Bolzon has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
3:00 Saved Shot
Daniel Bolzon has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
2:00 Saved Shot
Daniel Bolzon has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
1:00 Saved Shot
Noah Diallo has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
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As it happened

  • Darlaston Town (1874)
  • Telford Juniors
  • 0
  • Leon Taylor Goal 12:00'
  • Daniel Bolzon Assist 12:00'
  • Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell Sub Off 17:00'
  • Ashley Evans Sub On 17:00'
  • Leon Taylor Goal 30:00'
  • Alex Solomon Assist 30:00'
  • Ashley Evans Goal 36:00'
  • Alex Solomon Assist 36:00'
  • Leon Taylor Goal 41:00'
  • Alex Solomon Assist 41:00'
  • Dylan Cook Sub On 45:00'
  • Daniel Ivascu Sub Off 45:00'
  • Jordan Hall Yellow Card 54:00'
  • Alex Solomon Sub Off 61:00'
  • Bekir Halil Sub On 61:00'
  • Leon Taylor Goal 64:00'
  • Jamie Holder Assist 64:00'
  • Callum Wilson Goal 70:00'
  • Jordan Hall Sub Off 73:00'
  • Ian Preece Sub On 73:00'
  • Daniel Bolzon Sub Off 81:00'
  • Danny Mayne Sub On 81:00'
  • William Drewfield Yellow Card 81:00'
  • Tom Poole Red Card 88:00'
  • Noah Diallo Scored Penalty 89:00'

Team selection

Telford Juniors
  • 1. Mitchell Delamere
  • 2. Denis Cristian
  • 3. Tom Poole
  • 4. Madalin Alexandrv Solomiei
  • 5. Joshua Dodd
  • 6. Daniel Ivascu
  • 7. Jordan Hall
  • 8. Charlie Cook
  • 9. Callum Wilson
  • 10. William Drewfield
  • 11. Constantin Bogdan Leoampa
  • 12. Kyle Jordan
  • 13. Dylan Cook
  • 14. Ian Preece
  • 15. Jake Tarpy

League round up

Other WMRL Division One results

Bromyard Town
0
0
Old Wulfrunians
Bustleholme
1
2
4
2
Newport Town
Tipton Town
0
4
Worcester Raiders
7
0
1
5
Wellington Amateurs

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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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