Dar­las­ton’s damp squib

Black Country Bugle - - YOUR LETTERS - By NEIL CHAMBERS


DAR­LAS­TON’S in­dif­fer­ent form con­tin­ues as they failed to take ad­van­tage and close the gap on League lead­ers Droitwich Spa at the top of the ta­ble.

The game started well enough for the home side forc­ing a corner in the open­ing minute. After the ini­tial ex­plo­sive start by Dar­las­ton, the visi­tors dealt with the tricky windy con­di­tions far bet­ter than Dar­las­ton by keep­ing the ball on the floor play­ing at­trac­tive at­tack­ing foot­ball at pace.

Allscott took the lead on 13 min­utes. A corner from Dar­las­ton’s left was only par­tially cleared to the edge of the box, Scragg’s low left foot drive find­ing the net from 18 yards.

Dar­las­ton fell to a sucker punch five min­utes later with some dread­ful mark­ing in the penalty area re­sult­ing in Allscott dou­bling their lead, Scragg with the time and space to score with a spec­tac­u­lar over­head kick.

Fol­low­ing a stern half time team talk Dar­las­ton had their best spell of the game early in the sec­ond half, Ryan Mcal­lis­ter, Leon Tay­lor and Luke Charl­ton hav­ing half chances, forc­ing the vis­it­ing keeper into three straight saves.

The home side gave them­selves a glim­mer of hope with a scrappy goal on 72 min­utes. Leon Tay­lor set up Alex Solomon in­side the penalty area and his de­flected shot from 12 yards beat keeper Pilk­ing­ton.

The glim­mer lasted less than 60 sec­onds, Allscott scor­ing vir­tu­ally from the kick off. A spec­u­la­tive shot from Brad Ham­blin re­bounded off the post back into keep­ers Whit­taker’s arms, but Dar­las­ton’s keeper dropped the ball at the feet of on-rush­ing Ryan Mclean who had the eas­i­est fin­ish.

Things got even worse for Dar­las­ton, as a minute later Allscott scored their fourth. Ryan Mclean was the ar­chi­tect of the goal with a fine run down the right-hand side cross­ing the ball to the far post to Brad Ham­blin who was un­marked to head the ball home.

De­spite three sub­sti­tutes, Dar­las­ton made no im­pres­sion and could not breach the visi­tors’ res­o­lute de­fence.

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