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Team Dudley F.C. - Match centre

Droitwich Spa
Team Dudley
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J Fletcher (92')
Sat 22 Sep 15:00 - West Midlands Regional League - WMRL Division One

Mixed Emotions as TD Score Injury Time Equaliser

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Teenager scores his first senior goal to ensure TD share the points

A number of changes were made as TD went into the game for a second week running playing in a 1st v 2nd contest. Edwards (illness), Blagrove and top scorer Clarke (wedding duties) meant that new signings Daniel Hadley & Liam Smith came straight into the side with Brad Cox (19) returning from injury and seventeen year olds Carrick Chaney & James Fletcher making up a very young bench.
A cagey first half with few opportunities, probably the best falling to TD with Nathan Jones doing well on the left on two occasions and also James Hill having one blocked on the line with a tremendous block by the Droitwich defender. Young Dan Hadley looked impressive alongside Ben Mantom whilst Liam Smith added organisation and leadership to the back line.
Vlad Lungu and Nathan Jones attacked with pace and trickery causing the high energy fullbacks of Droitwich real problems. Daniel Harvey who turned 18 on the day marshalled the number 10 superbly whilst Preston Green and Alex Smith passed the ball with quality and thwarted any midfield attacks.
0-0 at half time
The TD boys started well in the second half and were in control of the game and looked the more likely to get the breakthrough against a well organised Droitwich. Vlad Lungu was tearing the left full back apart but was taken out of the game with a nasty tackle that saw him carried off and only a yellow card issued. Carrick Chaney replaced the Romanian wizard and showed pace, power and bravery of his own to keep the lads on the attack. TD hit the woodwork twice more as Droitwich defended for their lives. At the other end teenage shot stopper Aaron Sharpe had little to do and will fell aggrieved when he tipped a good strike onto the bar. The Droitwich wide man followed up well to put the ball past the valiant attempt of Marc Lawrence to block it. Somehow we found ourselves 1-0 down.
Fletcher and Cox joined the action as a reshuffle saw Hill drop to his more familiar midfield role. The change worked as Mills men kept pushing for the equalizer. In the 92nd minute a cross was flicked on by Liam Smith before the teenage striker struck a perfect half volley to spark wild celebrations for a more than deserved goal and share of the points.
A terrific team performance with some excellent individual performances.

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Vladut Lungu

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Key moments

90:00 +2:00
Goal James Fletcher scores for Team Dudley

Highlights

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90:00 +2:00 Assist
Liam Smith makes an assist for Team Dudley
90:00 +2:00 Goal 0 - 1
James Fletcher scores for Team Dudley
90:00 Player of the Match
Vladut Lungu is awarded player of the match for Team Dudley
80:00 Sub Off
Alex Smith is substituted off for Team Dudley
80:00 Sub On
James Fletcher is substituted on for Team Dudley
70:00 Sub Off
Preston Green is substituted off for Team Dudley
70:00 Sub On
Bradley Cox is substituted on for Team Dudley
65:00 Sub On
Carrick Chaney is substituted on for Team Dudley
65:00 Sub Off
Vladut Lungu is substituted off for Team Dudley
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As it happened

  • Droitwich Spa
  • Team Dudley
  • 0
  • Vladut Lungu Sub Off 65:00'
  • Carrick Chaney Sub On 65:00'
  • Preston Green Sub Off 70:00'
  • Bradley Cox Sub On 70:00'
  • Alex Smith Sub Off 80:00'
  • James Fletcher Sub On 80:00'
  • James Fletcher Goal 90:00 +2:00'
  • Liam Smith Assist 90:00 +2:00'

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Sharp, Aaron Sharp, Aaron
Lawrence, Marc Lawrence, Marc
Smith, Liam Smith, Liam
Mantom, Ben Mantom, Ben
Hadley, Daniel Hadley, Daniel
Lungu, Vladut Lungu, Vladut
Jones, Nathan Jones, Nathan
Green, Preston Green, Preston
Harvey , Daniel Harvey , Daniel
Smith, Alex Smith, Alex
Hill, James Hill, James

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2. Darlaston Town (1874) 31 75
3. Droitwich Spa 32 69
4. Sikh Hunters 31 61
5. Team Dudley 32 59
6. Wrens Nest 31 51
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