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Telford Juniors
Darlaston Town (1874)
J Dodd (6' Sent Off)
Full time
L Charlton (19'), A Evans (87')
Sat 27 Apr 15:00 - West Midlands Regional League - WMRL Division One

Darlaston finish the season on a 20 game unbeaten and now have to wait to see where they finish

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A difficult final game against a spirited Telford Juniors , played in a howling gale, on a uneven pitch, Darlaston score one in each half to secure the much needed win.

Darlaston finished their long hard season with their unbeaten run of 20 League games intact with a hard-earned win in difficult weather and playing conditions at bottom club Telford Juniors.

Darlaston’s management team were forced into making changes as top scorer Leon Taylor, Bekir Halil, Isaac Cooper and Noah Diallo were all unavailable. Danny Mayne was brought in from the bench to start out wide, Alex Solomon returned to the subs bench after illness, Lucas Hough making his second start since his return from Black Country Rangers.

In a howling swirling gale on a bone hard pitch both sides found it difficult to play controlled football. Both sides played better football when playing against the wind than they did with the wind at their backs.

Telford Juniors v Darlaston Town (1874) FC
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Playing against the wind in the 6th minute Daniel Bolzon burst beyond the home defence and with only keeper Mitchell Delamere to beat he was brought down on the edge of the box by Joshua Dodd who was shown the red card. Jamie Holder's curling free-kick was comfortably saved by Delamere.

The next 12 minutes saw Darlaston squander 5 clear chances. Danny Mayne hit the post, Bolzon shot wide , Mayne missed a glorious chance when he hit the side netting after a heavy touch took him round keeper Delamere, Bolzon blazed high over the bar when well-placed and Delamere was again in the thick of the action saving Mayne's 8 yard header.

The opening goal came in the 19th minute. Mayne's shot from an Ash Evans hit the legs of Delamere the rebound falling at the feet of Luke Charlton who side stepped a defender to slam home high into the net from 10 yards.

The visitors approach play was decisive and attractive, with chance after chance falling to Bolzon, Clarke-O’Connell, Evans and Mayne but the visitors could not get the all-important second goal which would have eased their nerves. Unfortunately, some poor finishing and excellent defending by a resolute Telford meant the visitors went into the half time break with a slender one goal lead.

Whilst the visitors were dominant in the first half the second half was a much more evenly contested affair with Louis Jones superb at the heart of the Telford defence and Joey Moore and Dave Jones posing much more of an attacking threat for the home side. Darlaston still created the better second half chances. Despite a more evenly contested half the home side's record of just 35 goals in 32 League games was reflected in their lack of a significant goal threat. With a strong wind at their backs Darlaston did not play the conditions well as pass after pass was over hit. By contrast after being on the back foot for much of the first half Telford were much more confident.

Dave Jones had a shot blocked in the 54th minute whilst Darlaston thought they had extended their lead a minute later. Telford’s Louis Jones blocked a Tyrone Clark-O'Connell shot which looped over keeper Delamere, but substitute Kofi Asare saved a certain goal with an acrobatic goal line clearance.

On 60 minutes it was Darlaston who were thankful for a goal line clearance as skipper Scott Glasby headed off the line following Joey Moore's speculative 40-yard effort in a swirling wind.

Telford central defender Louis Jones was commanding winning header after header and tackle after tackle as with his defensive colleague he put his body on the line in fantastic spirit. Midfielder Simon Sarpone worked tirelessly whilst Moore and Dave Jones saw much more of the ball but were restricted to long range efforts by a well organised Darlaston defence.

With the wind at their backs Darlaston were guilty of failing to play the intricate passing football which has served them so well this season. They regularly over hit passes and despite having better passing options Mayne, Holder and O'Connell had several long-range speculative efforts easily saved or too high.

Darlaston sealed the points on 85 minutes. Following a spell of sustained pressure Ash Evans collected a poor clearance and with keeper Delamere off his line, Evans struck a superb 35-yard left foot shot for the visitors 100th League goal of the season.

The win concludes Darlaston's best season for 12 years with numerous records broken since being re-formed 5 years ago.

With their league season concluded Darlaston are currently two points ahead at the top of the table and are guaranteed to finish at least second. The destination of the League title awaiting the outcome of an FA Disciplinary Hearing involving closest rivals Worcester Raiders.

Irrespective of the outcome of the FA Hearing promotion to the West Midlands Regional League Premier Division will be based on Ground Grading rules. The decision on promotion will be decided by the FA’s Leagues Committee with final decisions expected in early June.

Key moments

6:00
Red Card Joshua Dodd is sent off for Telford Juniors
19:00
Goal Luke Charlton scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
87:00
Goal Ashley Evans scores for Darlaston Town (1874)

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Telford Juniors v Darlaston Town (1874) FC
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Highlights

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90:00 +5:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Ryan Jones
90:00 +5:00 Blocked Shot
Ryan Kingdon has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
90:00 +4:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Ryan Jones
90:00 +3:00 Blocked Shot
Ryan Kingdon has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
90:00 Sub On
Makhan Rai is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
90:00 Sub Off
Ashley Evans is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
89:00 Missed Shot
Jamie Holder misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
89:00 Blocked Shot
Ryan Kingdon has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
87:00 Goal 0 - 2
Ashley Evans scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
85:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Ashley Evans
84:00 Sub Off
Danny Mayne is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
84:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Ashley Evans
84:00 Sub On
Ryan Kingdon is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
83:00 Foul
Joey Moore is fouled for Telford Juniors
79:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Ashley Evans
79:00 Foul
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
75:00 Foul
Ryan Jones is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
72:00 Foul
Lucas Hough is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
71:00 Foul
Ryan Jones is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
71:00 Saved Shot
Danny Mayne has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
70:00 Saved Shot
Jamie Holder has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
69:00 Foul
Ashley Evans is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
68:00 Foul
Simon Sarpone is fouled for Telford Juniors
68:00 Yellow Card
Alex Solomon is yellow carded for Darlaston Town (1874)
67:00 Saved Shot
Danny Mayne has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
64:00 Foul
Alex Solomon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
63:00 Foul
Radu Culeci is fouled for Telford Juniors
62:00 Foul
Kofi Asare is fouled for Telford Juniors
61:00 Sub Off
Sam Causton is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
61:00 Sub On
Alex Solomon is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
60:00 Corner taken
Corner for Telford Juniors taken by Simon Sarpone
60:00 Blocked Shot
Joey Moore has a shot blocked for Telford Juniors
57:00 Blocked Shot
Joey Moore has a shot blocked for Telford Juniors
56:00 Blocked Shot
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
55:00 Foul
Ryan Jones is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
54:00 Blocked Shot
Dave Jones has a shot blocked for Telford Juniors
50:00 Missed Shot
Daniel Bolzon misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
49:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Ashley Evans
48:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Ashley Evans
47:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell
46:00 Foul
Daniel Bolzon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
45:00 Sub On
Kofi Asare is substituted on for Telford Juniors
45:00 Sub Off
Alex Madalin is substituted off for Telford Juniors
End of period 1
45:00 +5:00 Saved Shot
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
45:00 +2:00 Blocked Shot
Ashley Evans has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
45:00 +1:00 Missed Shot
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
44:00 Missed Shot
Danny Mayne misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
43:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell
43:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell
39:00 Foul
Radu Culeci is fouled for Telford Juniors
36:00 Saved Shot
Daniel Bolzon has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
36:00 Foul
Jamie Holder is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
35:00 Saved Shot
Danny Mayne has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
34:00 Missed Shot
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
30:00 Sub Off
Constantin Bogdan is substituted off for Telford Juniors
30:00 Foul
Radu Culeci is fouled for Telford Juniors
30:00 Sub On
Denis Christian is substituted on for Telford Juniors
30:00 Saved Shot
Radu Culeci has a shot saved for Telford Juniors
27:00 Missed Shot
Radu Culeci misses a shot for Telford Juniors
19:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Ashley Evans
19:00 Goal 0 - 1
Luke Charlton scores for Darlaston Town (1874)
19:00 Assist
Danny Mayne makes an assist for Darlaston Town (1874)
18:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell
15:00 Missed Shot
Danny Mayne misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
14:00 Foul
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
11:00 Missed Shot
Daniel Bolzon misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
11:00 Missed Shot
Daniel Bolzon misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
9:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Lucas Hough
8:00 Missed Shot
Danny Mayne misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
6:00 Saved Shot
Jamie Holder has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
6:00 Foul
Daniel Bolzon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
6:00 Red Card 0 - 0
Joshua Dodd is sent off for Telford Juniors
4:00 Foul
Simon Sarpone is fouled for Telford Juniors
2:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Telford Juniors
  • Darlaston Town (1874)
  • 0
  • Joshua Dodd Red Card 6:00'
  • Luke Charlton Goal 19:00'
  • Danny Mayne Assist 19:00'
  • Constantin Bogdan Sub Off 30:00'
  • Denis Christian Sub On 30:00'
  • Alex Madalin Sub Off 45:00'
  • Kofi Asare Sub On 45:00'
  • Sam Causton Sub Off 61:00'
  • Alex Solomon Sub On 61:00'
  • Alex Solomon Yellow Card 68:00'
  • Danny Mayne Sub Off 84:00'
  • Ryan Kingdon Sub On 84:00'
  • Ashley Evans Goal 87:00'
  • Ashley Evans Sub Off 90:00'
  • Makhan Rai Sub On 90:00'

Team selection

Telford Juniors
  • 1. Mitchell Delamere
  • 2. Constantin Bogdan
  • 3. Dale Jones
  • 4. Joshua Dodd
  • 5. Louis Jones
  • 6. Kris Jones
  • 7. Radu Culeci
  • 8. Simon Sarpone
  • 9. Joey Moore
  • 10. Alex Madalin
  • 11. Dave Jones
  • 12. Ian Preece
  • 13. Kofi Asare
  • 14. Luke Dent
  • 15. Luke Fletcher
  • 16. Denis Christian

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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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