A superb performance from The Lockmen saw them snatch a deserved last-gasp winner but their hosts were upset by several key decisions as Willenhall grabbed their first win whilst maintaining an unbeaten record. There were only fifteen seconds on the clock when Bromyard ‘scored’ the opening goal. Dorian Colling headed forwards past James Wilson virtually from the kick-off but an off-side player touched home as the chance appeared to be rolling wide. Colling then fired high and wide on seven minutes as he found himself unmarked and The Reds failed to heed their escape as on ten minutes a header forward from a goal-kick was not contested and the ball ran through the middle of the defence for Colling to finish well from an unmarked position. A minute on and the visitors produced their first threat winning a corner, before on the quarter-hour, Mikey Clark broke down the right and weaved into the box before seeing his dangerous low cross grabbed at full stretch by home keeper Deon Smith. Ten minutes later and The Lockmen had another corner after Clark had swung a free-kick into the box only to see Alex Carlin’s header deflect behind. The corner was easily dealt with but Willenhall attacked again on 29 minutes when Kieran Robinson’ good work picked out Ryan Ward who fired six inches too high. Craig Stevens then sent in a fine cross which won a corner as it was headed behind, again the corner was comfortably dealt with. However, on 32 minutes, Willenhall had their equaliser. Ward was again found with an astute pass and this time he played a clever ball through for Mikey Clark to run onto and fire across the keeper. Robinson then forced a good save from Smith for a wasted corner, taken by Robinson. Colling then threatened another goal on 42 minutes but he fired wide before Andre Calder produced a wonderful tackle, sliding in to rob the same player at the last second. The half ended on controversy at the end of the three minutes stoppage-time. Bromyard were allowed to take a throw-in with time apparently up, but as the ball was struck the official sounded his whistle, thus denying what appeared to be a good ‘goal’, much to the home team’s anger.
HT BROMYARD TOWN 1-1 WILLENHALL TOWN
The home side seemed determined to make their visitors pay for their misfortune with a strong showing after the break.. On 47 minutes Colling produced a poor finish when clean through to the left of goal before Matt Dobson shot much too high and much too wide from a similar position shortly after. Ryan Ward then fired at Bromyard’s keeper before Robinson won a corner for The Reds when his tantalising cross was headed behind. The Lockmen then saw a cross cleared off the line before Stevens saw his weak effort blocked seconds after at the expense of another corner from Ward’s neat play. After 59 minutes Ward fired just over after fine work by Clark again, running at the defence at speed. Four minutes later Dobson appeared to have broken clean through only for Graham Ashton to race back and produce another saving tackle at the last second. On 67 minutes a free-kick was pumped into the box by Robinson, Clark’s effort forced a corner, again the dead-ball was unproductive. With two minutes left Clark again tormented the defence before setting up Alex Carlin, his effort curled a yard wide. Ward and sixteen year old Jay Rendell on as a sub for his debut, both had shots blocked in a scramble at the beginning of injury-time before skipper Paul Holden fired at the keeper Calder then won a tackle in his own half before racing quickly upfield with the ball, he released Rendell who saw his shot well saved. In the last minute of stoppage-time Willenhall got their deserved winner. Clark again ran at pace into the box, with defenders not daring to tackle, he reached the bye-line cut the ball back into the six yard box where Craig Stevens was waiting to fire home the clincher.
FT BROMYARD TOWN 1-2 WILLENHALL TOWN