AFC Darwen Reserves 0-3 Rochdale St Clements Reserves

AFC Darwen Reserves turned in their worst performance of the season as they slumped to a home defeat against fellow strugglers Rochdale St Clements Reserves. Despite dominating possession throughout the game they failed to create any clear cut chances, this defeat leaves them firmly rooted at the bottom of the league.

Darwen got off to the worst possible start when they fell behind in the first ten seconds, a Darwen defender dwelt on the ball from the kick off and a Rochdale player nipped the ball off him and play in Sam Clayton who tucked the ball away. Darwen did put the Rochdale defence under a little pressure but they were unable to create any chances. Darwen’s first half chance came in the fifteenth minute but the Rochdale keeper palmed the shot away. Neither side could create any notable chances although Rochdale came close in the 26th minute but the chance was headed over the bar. Three minutes a Darwen free kick just outside the area was pushed over the bar by the visitors keeper, but at the other end Josh Cosgrove had to pull off a good save to stop the visitors from extending their lead. As half time approached Darwen had an effort cleared off the line, this was followed a headed chance going over the bar and the stroke of half time a long range effort was easily saved by the Rochdale keeper. This left the half time score at 1-0 to the visitors.

The second half started off the same fashion but three minutes into the half the visitors extended their lead when a hopeful effort from Ryan Clayton took a wicked deflection and finished up in the corner of the net giving Josh Cosgrove no chance. As in the first half Darwen continued to dominate possession but lacked any creativity to open up the Rochdale defence. They fell further behind in the fifty seventh minute when a through pass found Tez Lowe in space and he slotted the ball home. After this chances for Darwen were few and far between, a shot from Adam Monk was well saved by the keeper and shortly after the same player had possibly the best chance of the game for Darwen but he shot over the bar when he really should have scored. In the seventy third minute an good cross was headed well wide, almost immediately only a good save from Josh Cosgrove prevented the visitors from extending their lead. As the game headed towards the final whistle there was scramble in the visitors goalmouth which lead to a corner which brought more pressure but another half chance was wasted to leave the visitors with a deserved victory.


  1. Joshua Cosgrove, 2. Matthew Halsall, 3. Matthew Fenton,  4. Elliott Welsh, 5. Marvin Martin, 6. Fenton Brown, 7. Kahiel Croasdale, 8. Jorge Hayhurst, 9. Adam Monk, 10. Luke Williams, 11. Jack Beech. Subs. 12. Cameron Austin, 15. Samson Ogundaisi, 16. Casey McLellan


Report by David Ainsworth