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Allscott
Darlaston Town (1874)
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I Cooper (45'), A Evans (48')
Sat 6 Apr 15:00 - West Midlands Regional League - WMRL Division One

Darlaston extend their unbeaten run to 17 games with a 2-0 win at Allscott

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Andy Parkes squad returned to the top of the league after yesterdays win

Darlaston Town returned to the top of the West Midlands Regional League Division One on goal difference with a 2-0 win in Shropshire. Darlaston stretched their unbeaten league run to 17 games and in doing so avenged their last league defeat at the hands of Allscott on 3 November 2018.

Darlaston were rocked by the late absence of the Division's top scorer Leon Taylor and within one minute of the start they were forced to play the remaining 89 minutes without a recognised front line striker. Daniel Bolzon chased the ball into the Allscott penalty area and was clattered to the ground by Brad Hamblin. Referee Rowley waived away Darlaston’s appeals for a penalty after lengthy treatment for a head injury Bolzon was unable to continue being replaced by Noah Diallo. Diallo ploughed a lone furrow up front for the remainder of the game with support from attacking midfielders Isaac Cooper and Tyrone Clarke O'Connell.

The tricky playing surface was causing problems for both sides as unexpected bobbles and strange bounces made it difficult for both teams. The home side made a good start taking advantage of Darlaston’s hesitancy with impressive central midfielder Max Marshall shooting over on 10 minutes.

It took the visitors a while to readjust after the loss of Bolzon but as the half wore on they came more into the game working the ball out wide every opportunity using the full width of the narrow pitch, Allscott’s area was peppered with crosses from Cooper, Sam Causton and Clarke-O’Connell.

Diallo and Clarke O'Connell both had shots saved by the confident Dan Pilkington in the home goal whilst Marshall forced keeper Whittaker into action on 35 minutes. the visitors came agonisingly close to taking the lead on 37 minutes when Diallo glanced an 8-yard header inches wide with keeper Pilkington stranded.

Jack Davies was majestic at the heart of the Allscott defence and in Marshall and Christian McIntosh they had midfield players with quality and energy, Darlaston's Jamie Holder and Alex Solomon working hard to make sure Allscott were thwarted in their attempts to get the opening goal.

Cooper had a shot blocked and on 44 minutes forced Pilkington to make an excellent one-handed diving save tipping the ball around the post from Cooper's 12 yard header.

A minute later the visitors went ahead when Cooper hooked home from 10 yards after good work by Jamie Holder on the edge of the home sides box, Coopers deft clip left keeper Pilkington stranded.

On 46 minutes Allscott had a penalty appeal turned away by the referee after Marshall burst into the box.

Darlaston doubled their lead on 48 minutes and once again Jamie Holder was the provider. Holder beat his marker down the right flank and whipped in a vicious low ball across the 6 yard box, Pilkington could only get his finger tips to the ball, Ashley Evans was quickest to respond prodding the ball home from inside the 6 yard box to give promotion chasing Darlaston a 2-0 lead.

Despite the promptings of the excellent Marshall, Francy Mpasse and McIntosh in midfield they lacked a forward threat as central defenders Luke Charlton and skipper Scott Glasby clearing out any loose balls and generally standing firm against the Allscott front pairing of Wayne Edwards and Jorge Gomes. Darlaston played much better in the second half and their game management was highly effective as they restricted their hosts to a few chances which were all off target or saved from distance.

The visitors had chances to increase their lead with a 25 yards bullet from Solomon and Solon was again in action with a deft far post header that bounced off the top of the bar following a "rabona " cross by Clarke Connell.

Allscott’s best chance of the half fell to substitute Rune Corrinaldi in the 80th minute. His shot went just over after a header was flicked on. Max Marshall had another thunderbolt from distance that whistled past the post.

Darlaston managed the game out well to secure a hard earned but deserved win.

On Saturday Darlaston play their last home game of the season against fellow title contenders Worcester Raiders. The game is admission by ticket only but the deadline for tickets has passed. There will be no admission to non-ticket holders on the day.

Key moments

45:00
Goal Isaac Cooper scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
48:00
Goal Ashley Evans scores for Darlaston Town (1874)

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Highlights

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90:00 +1:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Isaac Cooper
88:00 Saved Shot
Danny Mayne has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
85:00 Sub Off
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
85:00 Sub On
Danny Mayne is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
81:00 Sub Off
Jamie Holder is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
81:00 Sub On
Lucas Hough is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
80:00 Missed Shot
Rune Corrinaldi misses a shot for Allscott
79:00 Sub On
Jordan Harkness is substituted on for Allscott
79:00 Sub Off
Brad Hamblin is substituted off for Allscott
75:00 Sub On
Rune Corrinaldi is substituted on for Allscott
75:00 Sub Off
Jorge Gomes is substituted off for Allscott
75:00 Missed Shot
Jack Davies misses a shot for Allscott
75:00 Foul
Lewis Sedgley is fouled for Allscott
73:00 Yellow Card
Lewis Sedgley is yellow carded for Allscott
73:00 Foul
Alex Solomon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
70:00 Yellow Card
Max Marshall is yellow carded for Allscott
70:00 Foul
Noah Diallo is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
69:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Alex Solomon
67:00 Foul
Lewis Sedgley is fouled for Allscott
67:00 Foul
Jack Davies is fouled for Allscott
66:00 Saved Shot
Isaac Cooper has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
65:00 Foul
Jack Davies is fouled for Allscott
59:00 Sub On
Lewis Sedgley is substituted on for Allscott
59:00 Foul
Alex Solomon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
59:00 Sub Off
Wayne Edwards is substituted off for Allscott
58:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Isaac Cooper
58:00 Blocked Shot
Alex Solomon has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
57:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Isaac Cooper
53:00 Yellow Card
Brad Hamblin is yellow carded for Allscott
53:00 Foul
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
52:00 Foul
Max Marshall is fouled for Allscott
49:00 Foul
Ryan Jones is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
48:00 Assist
Jamie Holder makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
48:00 Goal 0 - 2
Ashley Evans scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
End of period 1
45:00 +46:00 Foul
Lucas Hough is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
45:00 +6:00 Foul
Wayne Edwards is fouled for Allscott
45:00 +4:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Isaac Cooper
45:00 Goal 0 - 1
Isaac Cooper scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
45:00 Assist
Jamie Holder makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
42:00 Blocked Shot
Isaac Cooper has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
35:00 Saved Shot
Max Marshall has a shot saved for Allscott
31:00 Saved Shot
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
29:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Isaac Cooper
25:00 Foul
Jon Pollard is fouled for Allscott
22:00 Corner taken
Corner for Allscott taken by Brad Hamblin
22:00 Corner taken
Corner for Allscott taken by Brad Hamblin
19:00 Saved Shot
Noah Diallo has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
17:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Isaac Cooper
16:00 Foul
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
10:00 Missed Shot
Max Marshall misses a shot for Allscott
7:00 Foul
Ashley Evans is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
6:00 Sub On
Noah Diallo is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
6:00 Sub Off
Daniel Bolzon is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Allscott
  • Darlaston Town (1874)
  • 0
  • Daniel Bolzon Sub Off 6:00'
  • Noah Diallo Sub On 6:00'
  • Isaac Cooper Goal 45:00'
  • Jamie Holder Assist 45:00'
  • Ashley Evans Goal 48:00'
  • Jamie Holder Assist 48:00'
  • Brad Hamblin Yellow Card 53:00'
  • Wayne Edwards Sub Off 59:00'
  • Lewis Sedgley Sub On 59:00'
  • Max Marshall Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Lewis Sedgley Yellow Card 73:00'
  • Jorge Gomes Sub Off 75:00'
  • Rune Corrinaldi Sub On 75:00'
  • Brad Hamblin Sub Off 79:00'
  • Jordan Harkness Sub On 79:00'
  • Jamie Holder Sub Off 81:00'
  • Lucas Hough Sub On 81:00'
  • Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell Sub Off 85:00'
  • Danny Mayne Sub On 85:00'

Team selection

Darlaston Town (1874)
Allscott
  • 1. Dan Pilkington
  • 2. Jon Pollard
  • 3. Brad Hamblin
  • 4. Jack Fisherman
  • 5. Jack Davies
  • 6. Jack Wilson
  • 7. Francy Mpaise
  • 8. Christian McIntosh
  • 9. Wayne Edwards
  • 10. Jorge Gomes
  • 11. Max Marshall
  • 12. Lewis Sedgley
  • 13. Jay Evans
  • 14. Jordan Harkness
  • 15. Rune Corrinaldi
  • 16. Lewis Ayers

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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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