Darlo bag a brace on the road

Black Country Bugle - - YOUR LETTERS - By NEIL CHAM­BERS


AF­TER two lack lus­tre league and cup per­for­mances Darlaston re­turned to win­ning ways with a thor­oughly pro­fes­sional per­for­mance at Long Lane. Wyrley were un­beaten in five league games so a tough af­ter­noon was in store and that’s ex­actly how it turned out.

Both teams started the game ten­ta­tively and looked to work each other out in the open­ing 10 min­utes, nei­ther side land­ing a blow of any note.

The game came alight in the 12th minute and it was Wyrley who landed the first blow of note when two long range ef­forts from Ben Der­byshire and Mar­tyn Wheeler brought Darlaston keeper Liam Whit­taker into ac­tion for the first time with two fine saves.

Darlaston’s first real ef­fort on goal came in 17 min­utes, when mid­fielder Alex Solomon nipped past keeper Joe Wil­liam and from the acutest of an­gles, su­perbly back heeled an out­ra­geous ef­fort which hit the bar, and re­bounded to safety with Leon Tay­lor inches away from con­vert­ing.

Darlaston started to con­trol the game and on 28 min­utes Noah Diallo blazed over the bar from 12 yards af­ter some neat ap­proach work by Luke Charl­ton. Diallo and Solomon had fur­ther op­por­tu­ni­ties to put the vis­i­tors ahead but both failed to trou­ble keeper Wil­liams.

Three min­utes be­fore the break Darlaston had their best chance of the half. Leon Tay­lor burst be­yond the heart of the Wyrley de­fence and with just keeper Wil­liams to beat his at­tempt to lift the ball over the ad­vanc­ing keeper struck Wil­liams’s out­stretched body to bring off a fine save to send the teams into the in­ter­val all square.

The sec­ond half opened in ex­cit­ing fash­ion when in the open­ing minute Ty­rone Clarke-o’con­nell broke down the left drilled a ball across the six yard box, Tay­lor beat keeper Wil­liams and the ball clearly crossed the line by two feet be­fore Reis Na­dat hooked the ball away from be­hind the line. Un­for­tu­nately for the vis­i­tors, the as­sis­tant lines­man was not up with play and the ref­eree waived away Darlaston’s ap­peals.

Darlaston were con­tin­u­ing to have the bet­ter of the play against a very good Wyrley team and the dead­lock was even­tu­ally bro­ken in the 60th minute. Wyrley cap­tain Reis Na­dat fouled Leon Tay­lor wide on Darlaston’s right hand side some 25 yards out. Full back Ryan Jones stepped up to take an in-swing­ing free kick, which evaded ev­ery­one to find its way di­rectly into the net for a de­served lead.

The goal gave the vis­i­tors con­fi­dence to press on and less than eight min­utes later Darlaston dou­bled their lead. A fine run to the by-line from Clarke-o’con­nell, his pin­point cross found French­man Noah Diallo in acres of space at the far post, Diallo had no prob­lem in slot­ting the ball home from six yards.

With debu­tant Scott Glasby and Ryan Mcal­lis­ter ex­cel­lent at the heart of the vis­i­tors’ de­fence, Wyrley were de­nied any clear-cut chances as Darlaston snuffed out the im­pres­sive Ben Der­byshire and Matty Rhodes.

The most skil­ful mo­ment of the game came from Darlaston mid­fielder Luke Charl­ton as he eclipsed Alex Solomon’s ear­lier piece of skill with a sub­lime piece of trick­ery, drag­ging the ball twice be­tween his legs to outsmart his marker to set Clarke-o’con­nell free down the left wing. Un­for­tu­nately, Darlaston could not cap­i­talise on Charl­ton’s su­perb skills and the chance came to noth­ing.

Sub­sti­tute Mark Swann came within inches of mak­ing it 3-0 in the 83rd minute, just fail­ing to di­rect his header on goal af­ter some ex­cel­lent ap­proach work by Danny Mayne.

Rhodes and Der­byshire both had half chances to set up a rous­ing fin­ishes but the vis­i­tors held on com­fort­ably for a fine win, con­sol­i­dat­ing their fourth po­si­tion in the ta­ble.

This Satur­day Darlaston re­turn to home league ac­tion when they en­ter­tain Allscott FC. Kick off is 2pm at the Pay­care Ground, Bent­ley Leisure Pav­il­ion, Bent­ley Road North, Bent­ley, Wal­sall, WS2 0EA.

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