The Lockmen had a night to forget as everything they tried failed and everything their opponents tried came off. The first threat of the night on ninety seconds saw Mikey Clark hit an effort high and wide from a corner he had originally won. The Lockmen won three more corners before the visitors threatened for the first time on 13 minutes when they won a flag-kick of their own.
Skipper Jason Pike took it and Simon Gregory got a free header in straight at James Wilson. A minute later and Graham Ashton headed the latest Lockmen corner wide from inside the box. The Reds then had a free-kick awarded 30 yards out but Adam Holliday fired wide. Reds skipper Paul Holden then got a good block in as the visitors attacked quickly. Clark threatened again at the other end when his quick feet created a crossing opportunity which unfortunately dropped wide.
On 25 minutes Wilson was called into action to palm a Pike free-kick around the post. Alex Hall then sent an effort wide from the resultant corner. The Lockmen then swept up field courtesy of Clark, who centred low into the danger area where a short range shot was twice cleared off the line. The visitors took the lead with their first on target effort, a Pike penalty sent Wilson the wrong way on the half-hour mark after a late tackle by Adam Holliday sent a Bridgnorth attacker sprawling.
A minute later and it was 2-0 to the visitors. From the restart, The Lockmen passed the ball several times towards their own goal before Adam Holliday left a pass woefully short and Ryan Bradshaw had the easy task of netting. Clark curled another effort wide on 32 minutes before Bridgnorth struck again on 42 minutes. Pike netting his second spot-kick after Holliday had this time wrestled a man to the ground. The Lockmen’s luck was right out a minute into stoppage-time when they thought they had scored from a free-kick only for the flag to be raised for off-side.
The Lockmen were desperate to make a good start to the second-half but that plan was thrown out of the window when Wilson made a fine block after 48 minutes only to see the rebound drop perfectly for Pike on the edge of the area and his first-time strike gave him his hat-trick.
The Reds kept threatening and Clark saw an effort blocked and he won another corner before Chris Crook in the AFC goal fumbled a strike, only to drop on the loose ball as Ryan Ward threatened. AFC won another corner on 54 minutes which was cleared 35 yards from goal before a free-kick was awarded to the visitors out on the wing. Pike smashed an unbelievable shot past a bemused Wilson for his fourth and his sides fifth on 55 minutes.
Substitute Eddie Willson saw his free-kick dip just over on 65 minutes. Bridgnorth added a sixth on71 minutes when Bradshaw burst forwards before launching a shot which took a vital deflection and flew past a wrong-footed Wilson at his near post. Alex Carlin made a fine run only to see his effort fly wide before Charlie Knowles rounded off the scoring on 89 minutes when his first-time volley from a headed clearance dropped perfectly for him to ram home from just outside the box.