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Wyrley kept the pressure on in the promotion race with a brilliant display away to Darlaston Town on Saturday.

Captain Lee Charles won the toss and decided to play up the severe slope during the first half but even though Darlaston had this advantage it was Wyrley who were in control from the outset. Chris Fowler and Paul Yeomans were dominating the battle in the centre of midfield and the Wyrley goalkeeper Richard James was pretty much a spectator for large parts of the first 45 minutes. Even though Wyrley had controlled the first half and had a large percentage of the possession they failed to make the breakthrough attacking up the slope and the deadlock had not been broken by half time.

With the advantage in their favour Wyrley really started to turn the screw in the second half and on 50 minutes Tom Lowe got them off the mark. Danny Dolman had been put through on goal and when the Darlaston keeper saved well from him Lowe was on hand to turn the rebound home. Five minutes later and Lowe doubled Wyrley’s lead when he was put through by Dolman before coolly rounding the keeper and slotting home from 8 yards.

 In the 60th minute Darlaston reduced the deficit when a hopeful ball beat Dan Martin at left back and the Darlaston winger did well to lift the ball over the advancing James in the Wyrley goal. Darlaston’s hope of getting back into the game was short lived though and 2 minutes later it was Lowe’s turn to become provider for Dolman to put Wyrley 3-1 up. Chris Geldart did well on the left hand side before feeding the ball to Lowe just inside the box, Lowe twisted and turned before pulling the ball back into Dolman’s path for him to fire home from 12 yards.

Wyrley continued to apply pressure and they extended their lead further in the 75th minute after some great work again by Tom Lowe. Lowe was put clean through by Chris Fowler and after going round the Darlaston keeper he was faced with an open goal and it seemed certain he was going to complete his hat-trick. Amazingly though Lowe stopped 6 yards from goal and squared the ball to Greg Tarbuck to allow the substitute to open his account for Wyrley. Chris Fowler then capped an excellent display by completing the scoring ten minutes from time. Lowe again was the provider as he pulled the ball back to the edge of the area and Fowler fired low into the corner of the net.

Wyrley are away this Saturday in the re-arranged Staffs Challenge Cup Fixture against Longton Harriers.

Wyrley Team – Richard James, Steven Foster, Dan Martin, Jamie Fowler, Stuart Foster, Paul Yeomans, Lee Charles

, Danny Dolman, Tom Lowe, Chris Fowler,

8 comments for this article:
  1. avatar
    Phil McGuinness

    By the way Keith, how did Man Utd get on at the weekend?

  2. avatar
    Keith Hardy (Chairman)

    Hi Phil.

    I guess it’s all about expectation levels isn’t it? I don’t think I texted/phoned/emailed any Villa fans in the previous 26 years but after the last couple of days I think I’ll start doing so – hopefully I will have sufficient credit on my phone!

    Great result at Darlo though!

  3. avatar
    Phil McGuinness

    Fair comment Keith but I am still going to enjoy that result until the next time we meet!

    Had word yesterday that there is a possibility that the Hunt Cup Fixture could be 22nd December. I will let you know as soon as it is confirmed!

  4. avatar
    trevor smith

    Just heard Wayne Rooney has been picked for the England diving team at next years Olympics Phil,mind you he’s no good at that either.

  5. avatar
    dragons boss

    Swifty’s going to get stuffed and cooked if he’s not carefull

  6. avatar
    Keith Hardy (Chairman)

    And plucked too!
    Can someone tell me the year Villa last won the League? I don’t think even Trev was alive then? Phil was still in Primary School, Wayne Rooney certainly wasn’t!
    Look out for comments the next time Villa lose – you won’t need to wait long! Jealousy and envy are terrible vices!

  7. avatar
    trevor smith

    Now lets get this sorted – If I wasnt alive last time VILLA won the league and Phil was still in Primary School that makes me younger than Phil then.
    (Nice One Keith),cant say Phil will be pleased with that comment.
    Mind you your rght about Wayne Rooney not being at School I dont think he ever went did he?

  8. avatar
    Keith Hardy (Chairman)

    Only to take the lead off the roof!

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