With a lengthening list of absentee’s, The Lockmen suffered a heavy home defeat against a lightning quick Smethwick side. The first action of the game produced the first goal, and it went to the visitors. A quick break down the left wing saw Jordan Gaddu reach the goal-line. He then dribbled towards goal before timing his cutback to perfection, to the waiting Collin Smith to pick his spot. New captain Dan Bryson then blocked a shot on 16 minutes in the next Rangers attack before Rohan Gill fired just over. The Lockmen won a free-kick on 25 minutes and visiting keeper Babucar Suane managed to drop the ball not once but twice before falling onto the ball at the third attempt. The next free-kick, on 28 minutes and delivered by Eddie Willson, saw Suane catch the ball cleanly. A minute later and Smethwick had doubled their advantage. A ball from centre midfield was played to the right, dissecting centre-half and full-back and Gill raced clear of his marker to put a first time ball into the box where Nathan Stone was waiting unmarked to sweep home. The Reds were unlucky on 31 minutes when Willson saw two attempts blocked bravely before a third effort was kicked clear. Stone then grabbed his second on 36 minutes when another quick ball forwards picked him out and he hit a wonderful strike from 25 yards into the net. From the kick-off, Graham Ashton played a quick ball forwards for Matt Dorgan to chase but his effort flew just off target. Willson then saw another free-kick fly a yard too high as the home side started to exert some pressure.
The Lockmen would need a good start to the half if they were to pull anything out of this game but unfortunately, the visitors appeared to have it wrapped up on 51 minutes when Willenhall gifted possession to them midway in their own half and Gaddu let fly with another brilliant strike to make it 4-0. Belatedly, The Reds seemed to awake and two minutes later Willson saw his shot well saved. Ward then produced a great cross to no avail on 55 minutes before Dorgan forced a brilliant reaction save from Suane when a bullet header from close range was instinctively clutched by the keeper as he fell away from the ball on 59 minutes. The Lockmen were awarded a free-kick on 61 minutes which Ashton took, only to see his effort touched wide. Four minutes later and Dorgan hit the side-netting from just to the right of goal as the home side dominated without making a breakthrough. Finally, on 76 minutes, The Lockmen got the goal they deserved when Willson kept up the day’s supply of fine goals when he thundered a shot home from 25 yards. Three minutes later and they had a second goal when sub Ryan Ward muscled his way almost to the goal-line before his weak, deflected effort somehow worked its way under the keeper and trickled over the line with two defenders unable to get into a position to clear. With nine minutes left Ward produced a brilliant cross that was just too far in front of Adji Gnadja as he threw himself at the ball and sixty seconds later another Willson free-kick whistled just wide. However, Rangers killed off any possibility of an unlikely come-back when a wonderful curling cross from the left saw Smith chest home his second and Smethwick’s fifth on 89 minutes and three minutes into stoppage-time another quick break down the left saw sub Neehemia Zazi produce yet another wonderful strike from outside the box to make it six.