Steelmen show their mettle

By Nick Elwell | Non league | Published:

Adam Garmson and super-sub Kevin Nickle proved too hot to handle as Bilston Town hit the goal trail.

Will Reid heads wide

The duo combined as hosts Bilston ran riot in the second half to sink West Midlands Leagure Premier Division rivals Darlaston Town, writes Nick Elwell.

Darlo’s caused wasn’t helped by the first-half dismissal of Ryan Jones with the score at 1-1.

Striker Garmson had fired Bilston in front on 14 minutes following some excellent approach work by Jordan Smith Williams.

Four minutes later Bilston keeper Zack Stretton was called into action, pulling off a superb one-handed save diving high to his right to claw away an Isaac Cooper header.

But Darlaston hit back to level courtesy of a superb free-kick from midfielder Jamie Holder.

Jones then saw red following an off the ball incident, with the hosts making the extra man count after the break.

The introduction of Nickle also helped and he made an immediate impact when he set up Garmson to make it 2-1.

Garmson was then celebrating his hat-trick five minutes later after racing clear and confidently slotting home.


Darlaston gave themselves a lifeline on 54 minutes, Lucas Hugh twisting in the penalty area before hook the ball home from eight yards.

But the Steelman were soon back in charge when Nickle and Garmson combined again with the latter bagging his fourth goal of the afternoon.

Garmson then turned provider as Nickle added the hosts’ fifth.

And it was Nickle who rounded off a comprehensive win for the home side when he struck twice in the final six minutes to take his tally to three.


The victory lifted Bilston, who travel to Wednesfield tonight, up to sixth.

Liam Williams scored twice for Smethwick to earn them a 2-2 draw away to AFC Bridgnorth.

Black Country Rangers are up to fourth in the table following a 3-0 victory over struggling Cradley Town.

Kayelden Brown (two) and Jarad Daniels struck for Rangers.

Wolves Sporting and Wolverhampton Casuals had to settle for a point each following a goalless draw.

Casuals are in League Cup action tonight at home to Worcester Raiders.

Nick Elwell

By Nick Elwell
Grassroots Sports Editor


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