Bolt­mak­ers back on top

Black Country Bugle - - YOUR LETTERS - By MARK MCINTYRE


FC Dar­las­ton re­turned to win­ning ways with a five goal ham­mer­ing over land­lords Bentley, but were made to bat­tle all the way hav­ing con­ceded an early goal.

Bentley opened the scor­ing on seven min­utes, when Dar­las­ton’s John Hod­der failed to keep con­trol of a col­lected pass and Nathan West­wood took pos­ses­sion just in­side the Dar­las­ton half. He chipped the out of po­si­tion keeper Aaron Mor­ris from 40 yards.

It looked very much as if Dar­las­ton would be go­ing into the break empty handed. But ev­ery­thing changed in the fi­nal five min­utes of the first half, when new sign­ing Danny Mayne made his pres­ence felt by scor­ing two goals within a two minute pe­riod.

The first came on 42 min­utes, when Jack Arnold, de­spite be­ing heav­ily marked drove a per­fect cross from the left to the right and Mayne bought it down, turned his marker and fired the ball with pre­ci­sion into the corner of the net.

A minute later, with a Dar­las­ton at­tack foiled and with the ball look­ing likely to run out of play, Adam Cole took it upon him­self to res­cue the ball and snatched it back into play and pro­ceeded to cross the ball to hit man Mayne, who made no mis­take to place the ball past keeper Cle­ments.

The out­come of the game could have been a dif­fer­ent story when 20 sec­onds into the sec­ond half Bentley’s Troy He­witt found him­self fac­ing up to keeper Aaron Mor­ris after pounc­ing onto a poor back pass but he wasted the op­por­tu­nity of draw­ing level by fir­ing high over the goal.

Fol­low­ing that, Dar­las­ton didn’t look back. If the sec­ond goal had blown the wind out of Bentley’s sails then Ai­den Black­ham de­flated them when he made it 3-1 with a 30 yard free kick on 65 min­utes.

Dar­las­ton made it 4-1 on 77 min­utes, when Ash Walker laid the ball back to Jack Arnold who was des­per­ate to beat keeper Cle­ments and had mo­ments ear­lier seen his shot pushed out for a corner. But on this oc­ca­sion, Cle­ments body blocked his ef­fect only to wit­ness his re­bound fall to Pa­trick Burke who re­mained calm to fire the ball home.

Dar­las­ton’s fifth was a joy to watch, Jack Arnold took pos­ses­sion in the Dar­las­ton half fed the ball to Danny Mayne on the half way line and pro­ceeded at pace to run into the Bentley half. Mayne then fed the young striker who beat the off­side trap and on a solo run rounded keeper Cle­ments to fi­nally add his name to the score sheet, and in the process con­demn the hosts to their heav­i­est home de­feat of the sea­son and re­turn Dar­las­ton to the top of the WMRL sec­ond di­vi­sion.

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