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Darlaston are to be tested once again when they face Lye Town tomorrow

By Simon Cox

Darlaston hard start to their pre-season games continue when they entertain higher league opposition once again.

Tomorrow sees Darlaston take on Total Motion Midland League Premier Division opposition for the second game in succession, as they entertain Lye Town at RSA Academy at 2.00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon.

Tuesday saw Darlaston welcome Sporting Khalsa and apart from some costly errors, both sides were fairly evenly matched, Darlaston’s cause may have been helped by the large number of trialists that Khalsa had brought with them, but in saying that many of last season squad also took part in the game.

Tomorrow both clubs will be playing their second match of both of their pre-season schedules. Last Saturday Lye Town played Birmingham County F.A. Vase losing finalists Enville Athletic winning 3-0.

Given that Lye’s new manager Dean Whitehouse who moved from Dudley Town to Lye in the closed season following Andy Witton’s resignation, Whitehouse will be looking at building his squad for the forthcoming season. It is fair to assume that some of the players from Dudley Town would have followed him to Lye Town and he will be looking to shape the remnants of Lye Town’s squad with his own and also adding some additions, to make what should be a powerful Lye Town squad for the season, so tomorrow will be as bigger test for Darlaston as Tuesday evening was.

Last Season Lye finished in 10th position, mid-table, and were one of the Division’s draw specialists with 10 draws but winning and losing an equal amount of games of 14 each.

Since the end of last season Lye have lost some important players they are without captain Lewis Worsey who played against Darlaston for his new team Sporting Khalsa on Tuesday evening, as well as Ben Billingham and Jack Pearlman who have joined West Midlands Premier League rivals Littleton F.C. Lye have been in pre-season training a similar time to us having more of a traditional pre-season before playing their first game last weekend.

Manager Parkes said “I have had time to reflect on Tuesday evening, as always in pre-season friendlies there are positives and negatives. I thought the players as a squad showed they had worked hard in pre-season, they looked very fit and sharp. This early in pre-season you are always going to get errors always caused by lack of match practice, tiredness and concentration, but overall on Tuesday evening I was extremely pleased with the way that the lads competed. The game was played at a significantly higher pace than what we have been used to, everyone stood up to the opposition and gave them no quarters and I felt that we gave an exceptionally good account of ourselves. Tomorrow I shall be looking to make some changes to the match-day squad bringing in some players that were not involved in Tuesday’s game and may be also giving the opportunity to one or two trialists to try and stake a claim for a place in this Season’s squad.”

Andy finished by saying “I was surprised to see the significant number of spectator’s at R.S.A. on Tuesday and myself, the Management Team and the players are exceptionally grateful for your continued support and hopefully we will see you once again tomorrow.”

Tomorrow’s match kicks off at 2 pm the full address is RSA Academy, Bilston Road, TIPTON, DY4 0BZ

Entrance is FREE

We hope to see you there.

Updated 17:04 - 12 Jul 2019 by Simon Cox

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