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Darlaston Town (1874)
Team Dudley
I Cooper (20' Pen)
Full time
Sat 30 Mar 15:00 - West Midlands Regional League - WMRL Division One Attendance 114

Fans see a different side to Darlaston as team spirt and workrate produce the points

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Yesterdays game confirmed that at this time of the season its all about the result, performances don't matter

Darlaston Assistant manager Scott Moore summed it up superbly after the game when he said, "At this time of the season it is about the result not the performance". Moore was reflecting on a game where an excellent Team Dudley side had the edge on possession and fluency but Darlaston had the edge on work rate and goal threat.

Despite a 3-week layoff from competitive football Darlaston boss Andy Parkes made changes Bekir Halil and Noah Diallo unavailable, Ryan Kingdon Tyrone Clarke O’Connell were relegated to the bench and in came Ashley Evans Isaac Cooper and Luke Charlton. On the bench was returning fans favourite Lucas Hough a recent signing from Black Country Rangers.

Looking to avenge a 4-2 away defeat earlier in the season Darlaston opened brightly on a superb playing surface in bright sunshine. Early in the game both teams setting out their intentions with some excellent free flowing football.

Darlaston Town 1874 FC v Team Dudley 30-3-19
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Darlaston had the edge early on Daniel Bolzon having a blocked effort in the second minute and Isaac Cooper shooting wide on 10 minutes. Ashley Evans and Alex Solomon also had efforts, both failing to trouble visiting keeper Peter Hawk.

The only goal of the game came on 19 minutes from the penalty spot. Some excellent build up play out of defence down the left saw Isaac Cooper beat his marker to whip in a cross for the onrushing Daniel Bolzon who was pushed by Team Dudley left back Daniel Hadley leaving referee Priest no alternative but to point to the spot. Cooper stepped up to blast the ball beyond Hawk giving the keeper no chance.

As the half wore on the impressive Team Dudley forced Darlaston to concede several cheap fouls as they started to assert themselves without creating any clear chances or troubling the home defence. Sam Causton found himself in the referee's book for a heavy challenge on Hadley

Taylor missed a chance to double the lead on 35 minutes whilst Team Dudley's best effort of the half came in the 39th minute from the busy Alex Pinches whose shot drifted just wide of the far post.

Darlaston should have added a second goal on 39 minutes with a superbly created opportunity. Jamie Holder’s sliding tackle found Cooper wide on the left, running at full pace Copper produced a delightful cross, which eluded the Dudley defence. Leon Taylor Darlaston’s and the Division's top scorer found himself unmarked in the centre of the 6-yard box, the simplest of touches was needed for the talisman striker's 34th league goal of the season, but somehow the ball eluded him, and the opportunity was lost in an instant.

Team Dudley finished the half strongly Pinches and Callum Swain both having half chances.
Shortly after the interval Cooper fashioned a chance for himself, from nothing he beat two Team Dudley players cut inside and curled his effort inches wide.

Whilst Darlaston had the edge in the first half it was the visitors who had the better of the 2nd half. James Hill was instrumental in much of their best work and the skill, youth and pace gave Darlaston plenty of trouble, but the home side stood firm their work rate and will to win clearly evident.
Darlaston lost Daniel Bolzon to injury early in the second half, Tyrone Clarke-O’Connell came off the bench, seconds later he played Isaac Cooper in behind the square Team Dudley defensive line with a sublime pass, Cooper shot whistled just wide.

As the half wore on Team Dudley pushed on, the inventive Alex Pinches wide on the visitors left and captain James Hill with his probing runs and balls from midfield and the defensive partnership of Mantom and Smith only too eager to drive on with marauding runs to put their team on the front foot.

Dudley had the upper hand but chances were few and far between, Luke Charlton and Scott Glasby majestic at the heart of defence, with Ryan Jones and Sam Causton also working hard to keep the pressure off keeper Liam Whittaker whose confident handling and positioning gave his team plenty of confidence, Dudley central defender Mantom was a real threat at corners and set pieces heading wide from a corner but despite all of the quality football played by Team Dudley they failed to create a clear cut chance.

The home side looked for the sucker punch on the break and Clarke O'Connell, Cooper and Ash Evans all had half chances saved or blocked.

The Darlaston goal led a charmed life in the 78th minute. After failing to clear a left-wing corner a scramble ensued for at least 45 seconds, several lunging block tackles from the resolute home defence denying Dudley a clear shot at goal, Luke Charlton eventually clearing to relieve the pressure.

The visitors captain James Hill’s shot from 20 yards was deflected just wide and on 84 minutes Jack Bailey on 85 minutes but after soaking up the pressure it was Darlaston who had the opportunity to double their lead on 87 minutes. Tyrone Clarke O'Connell broke clear of his marker to unleash a vicious dipping shot from 25 yards, with keeper Hawk stranded, the ball struck the foot of the post and rebounded to safety.

The relief around the Paycare Ground at the final whistle was palpable as Darlaston secured a precious 3 points against the best footballing side seen at the Paycare Ground this season.
Whilst Darlaston were not at their best their team spirit and will to win were second to none as they extended their unbeaten league run to 16 games.

This Saturday Darlaston travel to Shropshire where they play Allscott FC KO 3.00pm.

Liam Whittaker

Player of the Match

Liam Whittaker

Key moments

20:00
Scored Penalty Isaac Cooper scores a penalty for Darlaston Town (1874)

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Highlights

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90:00 +8:00 Player of the Match
Liam Whittaker is awarded player of the match for Darlaston Town (1874)
89:00 Corner taken
Corner for Team Dudley taken by James Hill
88:00 Sub On
James Fletcher is substituted on for Team Dudley
88:00 Sub Off
Daniel Harvey is substituted off for Team Dudley
87:00 Missed Shot
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
84:00 Blocked Shot
Jack Bailey has a shot blocked for Team Dudley
81:00 Sub Off
Jamie Holder is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
81:00 Sub On
Makhan Rai is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
79:00 Foul
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
78:00 Foul
Ben Mantom is fouled for Team Dudley
78:00 Yellow Card
Leon Taylor is yellow carded for Darlaston Town (1874)
75:00 Foul
Jack Bailey is fouled for Team Dudley
73:00 Sub Off
Alex Solomon is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
73:00 Sub On
Lucas Hough is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
69:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Isaac Cooper
67:00 Corner taken
Corner for Team Dudley taken by James Hill
67:00 Saved Shot
Daniel Hadley has a shot saved for Team Dudley
66:00 Corner taken
Corner for Team Dudley taken by James Hill
66:00 Blocked Shot
James Hill has a shot blocked for Team Dudley
65:00 Foul
Josh Lemm is fouled for Team Dudley
65:00 Yellow Card
Isaac Cooper is yellow carded for Darlaston Town (1874)
63:00 Sub Off
Andy Hudson is substituted off for Team Dudley
63:00 Sub On
Vlad Lungu is substituted on for Team Dudley
63:00 Sub On
Jack Bailey is substituted on for Team Dudley
63:00 Sub Off
Callum Swain is substituted off for Team Dudley
61:00 Saved Shot
Alex Solomon has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
58:00 Saved Shot
Isaac Cooper has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
57:00 Sub Off
Daniel Bolzon is substituted off for Darlaston Town (1874)
57:00 Sub On
Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell is substituted on for Darlaston Town (1874)
55:00 Foul
Pete Hawk is fouled for Team Dudley
49:00 Foul
James Hill is fouled for Team Dudley
49:00 Saved Shot
James Hill has a shot saved for Team Dudley
48:00 Foul
Daniel Hadley is fouled for Team Dudley
47:00 Missed Shot
Isaac Cooper misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
45:00 Saved Shot
Callum Swain has a shot saved for Team Dudley
End of period 1
43:00 Foul
James Hill is fouled for Team Dudley
42:00 Missed Shot
Daniel Hadley misses a shot for Team Dudley
40:00 Missed Shot
Leon Taylor misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
39:00 Missed Shot
Alex Pinches misses a shot for Team Dudley
35:00 Missed Shot
Leon Taylor misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
32:00 Foul
Daniel Hadley is fouled for Team Dudley
32:00 Yellow Card
Sam Causton is yellow carded for Darlaston Town (1874)
31:00 Foul
Callum Swain is fouled for Team Dudley
30:00 Foul
Liam Smith is fouled for Team Dudley
29:00 Foul
Ben Easthope is fouled for Team Dudley
25:00 Foul
Andy Hudson is fouled for Team Dudley
23:00 Foul
Liam Smith is fouled for Team Dudley
21:00 Missed Shot
Isaac Cooper misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
20:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 0
Isaac Cooper scores a penalty for Darlaston Town (1874)
17:00 Missed Shot
Alex Solomon misses a shot for Darlaston Town (1874)
14:00 Foul
Scott Glasby is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
14:00 Foul
Alex Pinches is fouled for Team Dudley
13:00 Blocked Shot
Daniel Bolzon has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
13:00 Blocked Shot
Daniel Bolzon has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
13:00 Foul
Leon Taylor is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
13:00 Blocked Shot
Ashley Evans has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
12:00 Foul
Alex Solomon is fouled for Darlaston Town (1874)
10:00 Saved Shot
Isaac Cooper has a shot saved for Darlaston Town (1874)
9:00 Foul
Liam Smith is fouled for Team Dudley
8:00 Foul
Daniel Harvey is fouled for Team Dudley
4:00 Corner taken
Corner for Team Dudley taken by Alex Pinches
3:00 Foul
Pete Hawk is fouled for Team Dudley
2:00 Corner taken
Corner for Darlaston Town (1874) taken by Isaac Cooper
2:00 Blocked Shot
Daniel Bolzon has a shot blocked for Darlaston Town (1874)
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Darlaston Town (1874)
  • Team Dudley
  • 0
  • Isaac Cooper Scored Penalty 20:00'
  • Sam Causton Yellow Card 32:00'
  • Daniel Bolzon Sub Off 57:00'
  • Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell Sub On 57:00'
  • Callum Swain Sub Off 63:00'
  • Jack Bailey Sub On 63:00'
  • Andy Hudson Sub Off 63:00'
  • Vlad Lungu Sub On 63:00'
  • Isaac Cooper Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Alex Solomon Sub Off 73:00'
  • Lucas Hough Sub On 73:00'
  • Leon Taylor Yellow Card 78:00'
  • Jamie Holder Sub Off 81:00'
  • Makhan Rai Sub On 81:00'
  • Daniel Harvey Sub Off 88:00'
  • James Fletcher Sub On 88:00'

Team selection

Team Dudley
  • 1. Pete Hawk
  • 2. Josh Lemm
  • 3. Daniel Hadley
  • 4. Daniel Harvey
  • 5. Ben Mantom
  • 6. Liam Smith
  • 7. Andy Hudson
  • 8. Ben Easthope
  • 9. Callum Swain
  • 10. James Hill
  • 11. Alex Pinches
  • 12. Marc Lawrence
  • 13. James Fletcher
  • 14. Vlad Lungu
  • 15. Jack Bailey
  • 16. Josh Rogers

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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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