Boltmakers blast Bridgnorth with five-star display
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DARLASTON leapfrogged Church Stretton Town to go top of the West Midlands League Second Division after condemning sixth-placed Bridgnorth to a five goal hammering.
Nick Lewis’s men started the game facing down the sloped pitch and used it to their full advantage as the opening first half saw them run riot, to open up a five goal cushion.
Darlaston attacked immediately from the kick off, and having forced two corners inside the opening two minutes saw Lee Rogers cross the ball from the right into a packed goalmouth where it found Martin Stanton who played the ball back to Sam Baxter, who drove the ball home through an obstacle of legs into the back of the net.
Soon afterwards Adam Cole, on the edge of the Bridgnorth 12 yard box, turned his marker and fired into the corner of the net.
Darlaston maintained the pressure and Mark Swann added Darlaston’s third and the club’s 100th league goal on 22 minutes with a neat close range effort. Six minutes later he celebrated his fifth goal in two games by heading home from a Danny Mayne cross.
A minute from the break, Luke Burke added Darlaston’s fifth after a corner was fumbled by keeper Higgs.
Despite Bridgnorth playing some good football in the second half, the Darlaston back four held tight until the third minute of stoppage time, when Bridgnorth skipper Scott Becker claimed a consolation goal with a 15 yard strike which was just beyond the reach of Morris.
It was a double celebration for the people of Darlaston, as following Darlaston Town’s win over Sikh Hunters, both clubs are top of their respective divisions.
On Saturday December 8, Darlaston entertain Shrewsbury’s Rock Rovers at Bentley Road South in the first round of the Second Division league cup.