FOOTBALL - Racing Club Warwick exit FA Cup after defeat at Darlaston - The Leamington Observer

FOOTBALL - Racing Club Warwick exit FA Cup after defeat at Darlaston

Leamington Editorial 8th Aug, 2023 Updated: 8th Aug, 2023   0

RACING Club Warwick surrendered an early lead as the Racers were knocked out of the FA Cup in the extra preliminary round following a 3-1 defeat at Darlaston Town.

Josh Parsons’ excellent free-kick put Warwick ahead only for Darlaston to respond with three first-half goals and take the game out of Racing’s reach at the Paycare Stadium.

Warwick were unable to find a route back into the game as the Racers’ FA Cup adventure ended at the first hurdle against Midland Football League Premier Division side Darlaston.

The visitors took the lead against the run of play on 18 minutes when Parsons curled a sublime free-kick into the right corner of the goal from 25-yards out.

However, Darlaston drew level on 25 minutes when James Rowland’s first time effort found the net from Liam Wilkinson’s cutback.

And Darlaston completed a sensational turnaround just one minute later as Lewis Gill turned home Rowland’s cross from the right at the back post.




Darlaston extended their lead shortly before half time as Rowland met Ronnie Hendricks’ cross from the left to head home his second goal of the game.

And Warwick were indebted to goalkeeper Brad Catlow in the second half as the Racing stopper made a number of crucial saves to keep the visitors in the contest.


Warwick created a number of chances late on but were unable to reduce the deficit as captain Cal Templeton went closest with a low effort that travelled inches past the post.

The Racers are next in action away at Eynesbury Rovers on Saturday, August 12 with kick-off at 3pm at the Alfred Hall Memorial Ground.

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