Bolt­mak­ers blast Bridg­north with five-star dis­play

Black Country Bugle - - YED SCRATCHERS - By MARK MCIN­TYRE


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.

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