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Team Dudley
Darlaston Town (1874)
T Clarke (2'), V Lungu (37'), J Hill (46'), N Jones (69')
Full time
J Holder (61'), M Stanton (78' Sent Off), D Mayne (88')
Sat 15 Sep 15:00 - West Midlands Regional League - WMRL Division One

League leaders take full advantage of another poor Darlaston performance

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Darlaston for the second week running are their own worst enemy

After last week's disappointing performance and first loss of the season Darlaston had prepared superbly in mid-week training sessions, entering this top of the table clash with every intention of repeating their early season performances. Unfortunately, no amount of preparation can account for individual errors which littered this game. Make no mistake Team Dudley were excellent, fully deserving of their win and in James Hill, Craig Edwards and Alex Smith they had players who were comfortable on the ball and high-quality movement and passing ability.

The first mistake came within 90 seconds a misplaced clearance from Ryan Jones fell at the feet of Tyrone Clarke 15 yards goal, the striker having the simplest of tasks to slot the ball into an empty net. all the midweek and pre-game preparation went out of the window and Darlaston were always going to be chasing the game.

The early goal gave the home side a tremendous boost playing football as it should be played, on the deck, keeping possession and looking dangerous going forward. Darlaston were at sixes and sevens for a while, unable to retain the ball for any period of time, movement was poor and passes going astray.

Team Dudley 15 September
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The league leaders took full advantage, pressing forward for a second goal with long range efforts from Tyrone Clarke, James Hill, Alex Pinches and Val Lungu none of which troubled young keeper Ryan Pratt. Darlaston struggled to get a foothold in the game or put home keeper Josh Rogers under any pressure. a half hit shot from Mark Swann and a long-range effort from Alex Solomon were the only efforts on goal.

Team Dudley continued to control the game with Hill and Smith impressive in midfield with forging runs and some superb dribbling skills. Their pressure told in the 37th minute. An Alex Pinches corner was met with a Mark Swann clearing header, which found Lungu in acres of space on the edge of the box, his well struck shot found its way through a crowd of players giving keeper Ryan Pratt no chance.
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For the second week running Manager Andy Parkes needed the half time break to reorganize and to give his charges a rousing team talk in an effort to spark his team into life and hopefully give the fans something to cheer in the second half.

Within 45 seconds the half time team talk was rendered meaningless. From the kick off Craig Edwards picked up a long ball on the left, crossed to the edge of the box where skipper Ryan McAllister conceded a soft free kick on Clarke 20 yards out. Up stepped Team Dudley skipper James Hill to curl a right foot shot around the wall finding the net to give the home team an unassailable lead.

Despite the setback Darlaston produced a much better second half performance at times demonstrating their early season form without ever looking fluent or getting their passing game going. With the introduction of Danny Mayne, they carried more of a threat going forward, but any momentum the visitors built up was lost by conceding too many needless free kicks.

Mark Swann had a smart header saved by keeper Rogers and a Danny Mayne snapshot was also dealt with well by the home keeper. In the 61st minute Darlaston pulled a goal back, substitute Jamie Holder heading in a Noah Diallo corner.

Darlaston looked to capitalise on their goal and put the home side under pressure but their good work was undone six minutes later. On 67 minutes Martin Stanton entered the referee's notebook for dissent contesting the award of a corner. From the corner unmarked left back Nathan Jones stole in at the back post to comfortably head home Dudley's fourth goal.

Darlaston were reduced to 10 men in the 79th minute. Centre back Stanton collected his second booking of the game for a bad tackle on substitute Carrick Chaney.

Despite their lack lustre performance Darlaston scored the best goal of the game in the 88th minute. A superbly weighted 40-yard cross field pass by Jamie Holder pass found Danny Mayne who produced the sweetest of overhead kicks across the home keeper to give the scoreline a degree of respectability.
Whilst Darlaston were a long way off their "A" game Team Dudley were composed, hardworking and fluent and in Hill, Edwards and Smith had players of exceptional quality who controlled the game to give the home side a thoroughly deserved win.

Next Saturday Darlaston return to The Paycare Ground where they take on near neighbours Willenhall Town in a local derby. The players, management and supporters will all be looking for a much-improved performance and a return to winning ways. Kick-off is 3.00pm at the Paycare Ground Bentley leisure Pavilion, Bentley Road North, Bentley WS2 0EA.

Ryan Pratt

Player of the Match

Ryan Pratt

Key moments

2:00
Goal Tyrone Clarke scores for Team Dudley
37:00
Goal Vlad Lungu scores for Team Dudley
46:00
Goal James Hill scores for Team Dudley
61:00
Goal Jamie Holder scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
69:00
Goal Nathan Jones scores for Team Dudley
78:00
Red Card Martin Stanton is sent off for Darlaston Town (1874)
88:00
Goal Danny Mayne scores for Darlaston Town (1874)

Videos and photos

Team Dudley 15 September
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Team Dudley 15 September

Highlights

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90:00 +7:00 Player of the Match
Ryan Pratt is awarded player of the match for Darlaston Town (1874)
90:00 +1:00 Foul
Craig Edwards is fouled for Team Dudley
90:00 Corner taken
Corner for Team Dudley taken by Alex Pinches
90:00 Foul
James Hill is fouled for Team Dudley
88:00 Goal 4 - 2
Danny Mayne scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
88:00 Assist
Jamie Holder makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
85:00 Foul
Joshua Lemm is fouled for Team Dudley
85:00 Yellow Card
Adam Skeldon is yellow carded for Darlaston Town (1874)
84:00 Sub On
Kyle Peters is substituted on for Team Dudley
84:00 Sub Off
Vlad Lungu is substituted off for Team Dudley
84:00 Foul
Vlad Lungu is fouled for Team Dudley
78:00 Red Card 4 - 1
Martin Stanton is sent off for Darlaston Town (1874)
78:00 Yellow Card
Martin Stanton is yellow carded for Darlaston Town (1874)
77:00 Foul
Carrick Chaney is fouled for Team Dudley
76:00 Saved Shot
Danny Mayne has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
74:00 Missed Shot
Adam Skeldon misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
74:00 Sub Off
Tyrone Clarke is substituted off for Team Dudley
74:00 Sub On
Carrick Chaney is substituted on for Team Dudley
73:00 Foul
Danny Mayne is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
73:00 Missed Shot
Noah Diallo misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
72:00 Sub Off
Alex Smith is substituted off for Team Dudley
72:00 Sub On
Joshua Lemm is substituted on for Team Dudley
69:00 Assist
Alex Pinches makes an assist for Team Dudley
69:00 Goal 4 - 1
Nathan Jones scores for Team Dudley
69:00 Corner taken
Corner for Team Dudley taken by Alex Pinches
67:00 Sub Off
Mark Swann is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
67:00 Sub On
Adam Skeldon is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
67:00 Yellow Card
Martin Stanton is yellow carded for Darlaston Town (1874)
66:00 Foul
Alex Smith is fouled for Team Dudley
65:00 Foul
Alex Pinches is fouled for Team Dudley
63:00 Foul
Craig Edwards is fouled for Team Dudley
62:00 Foul
Noah Diallo is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
61:00 Assist
Noah Diallo makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
61:00 Goal 3 - 1
Jamie Holder scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
61:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Noah Diallo
59:00 Saved Shot
Tyrone Clarke has a shot saved for Team Dudley
58:00 Sub On
Jamie Holder is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
58:00 Sub Off
Alex Solomon is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
57:00 Saved Shot
Danny Mayne has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
55:00 Foul
Vlad Lungu is fouled for Team Dudley
55:00 Foul
Danny Mayne is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
53:00 Foul
Craig Edwards is fouled for Team Dudley
51:00 Foul
Tyrone Clarke is fouled for Team Dudley
50:00 Foul
Craig Edwards is fouled for Team Dudley
48:00 Missed Shot
Alex Pinches misses a shot for Team Dudley
48:00 Foul
James Hill is fouled for Team Dudley
46:00 Goal 3 - 0
James Hill scores for Team Dudley
46:00 Foul
Tyrone Clarke is fouled for Team Dudley
45:00 Sub Off
Jarrod Grant is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
45:00 Sub On
Danny Mayne is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
End of period 1
44:00 Foul
Tyrone Clarke is fouled for Team Dudley
43:00 Missed Shot
Alex Pinches misses a shot for Team Dudley
41:00 Saved Shot
Craig Edwards has a shot saved for Team Dudley
37:00 Corner taken
Corner for Team Dudley taken by Alex Pinches
37:00 Foul
Martin Stanton is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
37:00 Goal 2 - 0
Vlad Lungu scores for Team Dudley
35:00 Missed Shot
James Hill misses a shot for Team Dudley
35:00 Blocked Shot
Craig Edwards has a shot blocked for Team Dudley
34:00 Foul
Tyrone Clarke is fouled for Team Dudley
31:00 Foul
Jarrod Grant is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
28:00 Yellow Card
Tyrone Clarke is yellow carded for Team Dudley
28:00 Foul
Dave Richards is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
27:00 Saved Shot
Sam Causton has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
27:00 Blocked Shot
Alex Solomon has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
24:00 Missed Shot
Alex Smith misses a shot for Team Dudley
24:00 Assist
Alex Smith makes an assist for Team Dudley
23:00 Missed Shot
Alex Pinches misses a shot for Team Dudley
22:00 Saved Shot
Alex Solomon has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
21:00 Foul
Dave Richards is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
20:00 Foul
Dave Richards is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
15:00 Missed Shot
Vlad Lungu misses a shot for Team Dudley
14:00 Foul
Mark Swann is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
14:00 Foul
Martin Stanton is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
12:00 Missed Shot
Mark Swann misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
10:00 Foul
Noah Diallo is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
8:00 Missed Shot
Tyrone Clarke misses a shot for Team Dudley
6:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Noah Diallo
6:00 Foul
Ryan Jones is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
4:00 Corner taken
Corner for Team Dudley taken by James Hill
4:00 Blocked Shot
Alex Smith has a shot blocked for Team Dudley
3:00 Saved Shot
James Hill has a shot saved for Team Dudley
3:00 Corner taken
Corner for Team Dudley taken by Alex Pinches
2:00 Saved Shot
Mark Swann has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
2:00 Foul
Noah Diallo is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
2:00 Goal 1 - 0
Tyrone Clarke scores for Team Dudley
1:00 Corner taken
Corner for Team Dudley taken by Alex Pinches
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Team Dudley
  • Darlaston Town (1874)
  • 0
  • Tyrone Clarke Goal 2:00'
  • Alex Smith Assist 24:00'
  • Tyrone Clarke Yellow Card 28:00'
  • Vlad Lungu Goal 37:00'
  • Danny Mayne Sub On 45:00'
  • Jarrod Grant Sub Off 45:00'
  • James Hill Goal 46:00'
  • Alex Solomon Sub Off 58:00'
  • Jamie Holder Sub On 58:00'
  • Jamie Holder Goal 61:00'
  • Noah Diallo Assist 61:00'
  • Mark Swann Sub Off 67:00'
  • Adam Skeldon Sub On 67:00'
  • Martin Stanton Yellow Card 67:00'
  • Alex Pinches Assist 69:00'
  • Nathan Jones Goal 69:00'
  • Alex Smith Sub Off 72:00'
  • Joshua Lemm Sub On 72:00'
  • Carrick Chaney Sub On 74:00'
  • Tyrone Clarke Sub Off 74:00'
  • Martin Stanton Red Card 78:00'
  • Martin Stanton Yellow Card 78:00'
  • Vlad Lungu Sub Off 84:00'
  • Kyle Peters Sub On 84:00'
  • Adam Skeldon Yellow Card 85:00'
  • Jamie Holder Assist 88:00'
  • Danny Mayne Goal 88:00'

Team selection

Darlaston Town (1874)
Team Dudley
  • 1. Josh Rogers
  • 2. Daniel Harvey
  • 3. Nathan Jones
  • 4. Alex Smith
  • 5. Ben Mantom
  • 6. Marc Lawrence
  • 7. Vlad Lungu
  • 8. James Hill
  • 9. Tyrone Clarke
  • 10. Alex Pinches
  • 11. Craig Edwards
  • 12. Joshua Lemm
  • 13. Kyle Peters
  • 14. Carrick Chaney
  • 15. Callum Swain

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Worcester Raiders 31 76
2. Darlaston Town (1874) 31 75
3. Droitwich Spa 32 69
4. Sikh Hunters 31 61
5. Team Dudley 32 59
6. Wrens Nest 31 51
7. Old Wulfrunians 32 49

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