Darlaston Town Reserves 1-5 Wyrley Juniors

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

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, Danny Dolman, Tom Lowe, Chris Fowler,


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