Worcester Olympic 1 Darlaston 7
DARLASTON quickly banished the disappointment of last week's result with a dominant and emphatic win in the Worcestershire countryside.
Darlaston could not have made a better start when vice captain Anthony Follows settled everyone's nerves scoring the new club's first ever league goal drilling the ball home from 12 yards after Worcester keeper Chris Wilde parried away a Mark Swann effort. The visitors were all over the home side like a rash and it was no surprise when player/manager Mark Swann scored their second after 18 minutes. Following a goalmouth melee Swann's header was saved by Wilde but the ball fell at striker's feet and he made no mistake from six yards.
As their confidence grew John Reeves and Sam Giles were giving the Worcester defence a torrid time raiding down both flanks but a third and decisive goal eluded both Swann and Follows who had shots saved by keeper Wilde. The home side unexpectedly clawed their way back into the game in the 20th minute. A free kick 10 yards inside the Darlaston half was hit high and long by Scott Sutherland catching keeper Chris Collins off his line, bringing the home side an unexpected goal. The rest of the half saw Darlaston create chance after chance with keeper Wilde saving with an outstretched leg on four occasions from Reeves, Giles, Swann and McAllister respectively. Worcester rarely threatened but when they broke the Darlaston central defensive pairing of Ravi Sohal and Martin Stanton looked solid protecting Chris Collins' goal.
Darlaston put the game beyond Worcester scoring four second half goals in 10 minutes early in the second half. In the 49th minute Worcester full back Joe Hemming turned the ball into his own net when attempting to clear a Sam Giles cross. Two minutes later Swann netted his second and Darlaston's fourth picking himself up to convert from the penalty spot after being tripped in the box. Just two minutes later Swann completed his hat trick with a glancing header from Giles' cross with the Worcester defence all at sea. On 59 minutes John Reeves put Darlaston out of sight, scoring his first goal since returning to the club slipping the ball past the advancing Wilde from eight yards.
A rampant Darlaston were simply too strong and skilful for their opponents and looked to add to their goal tally through substitutes Lucas Hough and Sam Melia but were again thwarted by keeper Wilde.
Darlaston completed the scoring with their seventh and the best goal of the game six minutes from time. A poor clearance from keeper Wilde was met by McAllister whose delightful chip from 25 yards beat the retreating keeper to seal an excellent win.
Darlaston open their home season this Saturday when second placed Wolverhampton United are the visitors. The game this Saturday kicks-off is 3pm at Bentley Youth FC, Bentley Road South, Darlaston, WS10 8LN.