Hartland Goal Not Enough for Gornal
By Ashley Davies
Oliver Hartland scored an early goal at The Paycare Ground but Darlaston Town got five past the Peacocks
Lee Wood made four changes to his eleven that lost out to Bustleholme last week with Andy Burgess, Oliver Hartland, Adam Gwilliam and Adam Kirkby coming into the team.
Darlaston started well, Oliver Hartland blocking a header on the line that dropped to Danny Mayne, the Darlaston winger fired over the crossbar on the rebound.
Mark Swann then headed over the bar from a free kick, the central defender looped a it onto the roof of Ash Greens net.
Noah Diallo then sent a sidefoot volley inches wide from the Gornal goal, always bending just away from the far hand post.
The midfielder then nearly punished a poor Green clearance as he drove through but Green got down to his near post and pushed an effort wide.
Gornal were battling hard and took the lead with a great finish. A free kick cleared to Oliver Hartland who from 30 yards eyed up low drive and hit it sweetly into the bottom corner to give the away side the lead.
Hartland was key again as a Darlaston corner caught all out, it was going straight in until the backpost man flicked it clear off the line.
Leon Taylor then had a shot on the turn for the home side that went just wide and a minute later Darlaston had their lead. A sixth corner was attacked by Mark Swann at the back post his header looped over Ash Green and in.
Two minutes later it was 2-1 as a long ball over Gornal saw Taylor get a one on one with Ash Green, the strike was low and hard past the keeper.
Just before the break Alex Soloman fired over the bar for the home side from the edge of the area.
Oliver Hartland was then carried off in injury time with a knee injury, not looking good for the teenager who was having a strong game in midfield.
Second half saw a Darlaston extend their lead on 55 with Taylor as Tyrone Clarke-O'Connell crossed low for Taylor to slide in just a yard out.
On the hour Ash Green did well to deny Taylor with a save that saw him change direction before Liam Morris, who won man of the match for Gornal, saw an effort from range deflected wide.
With three minutes to go Gornal conceded a penalty. A bemused Gornal weren't sure why as the official booked Ben Store. Darlaston weren't claiming a penalty, they were as confused as most but Noah Diallo stepped up and struck it hard and in off the inside of the post.
Then in added time Ryan Jones completed the scoring, the full back cut inside and shot from range, a deflection off an impressive Jack Latham sent it spinning up and Ash Green got a hand onto the effort but was helpless as it nestled into the top far corner of the goal.
That saw the end of the game which Gornal will feel the scoreline did not reflect the battling display with a few injuries, suspensions and holidays taking it's toll on the squad.
Next Up: Droitwich Spa (A) Saturday 13th October. 3pm KO.
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