The Lockmen deserved more than the point they ended with, but with better finishing they would have had their rewards.
The Lockmen attacked from the off and their first chance arrived on twenty seconds when Ross Clarke saw his effort blocked. Callum Foster was next to show for the home side when he forced a second minute corner after some clever footwork. From Eddie Willson’s delivery Matt Dorgan saw his glancing header go just wide. Clarke was then played through on three minutes but keeper Nathan Phillips saved bravely at his feet. Sam Pearson then threatened for Juniors, he muscled his way through the middle of the park before seeing his well struck effort turned away by Ben Holden. Holden was nearly caught out on nine minutes but he decided it was easier to concede a corner by pushing Pearson’s effort from distance over the bar than risk an awkward catch. Dorgan then forced another corner for The Lockmen on ten minutes from which another was forced after a shot was blocked behind. The next corner produced a fine low cross which flew across the face of the goal with no touch forthcoming. The Lockmen had a 15th minute free-kick which Willson hit directly at the keeper before Peggy forced two corners around the twenty minute mark which were easily dealt with. Recent signing Clarke was having a good game and he forced another effort at goal on 24 minutes before the industrious Willson made a storming run three minutes later. His first time cross into the danger zone picked out Dorgan’s run and his header was well-timed and heading into the far corner of the net until Phillips got across quickly and caught low down. Juniors attacked on the half-hour and from Liam Taylor’s cross Holden punched strongly but straight at a defender, the ball bouncing just beyond the post for an unproductive corner. Foster then returned Willenhall to the attack with another break down the wing. This time he crossed low for Willson who struck first time but straight at Phillips on 31 minutes. A determined tackle from Dorgan won the ball on 34 minutes and allowed him to set up strike partner Alex Carlin for a cross into the box which flew just beyond the reach of Foster. A Town free-kick was headed clear a minute later and then seven minutes from the break Foster curled over a dangerous ball that was just too high for Willson. On 41 minutes Sam Oxley, who had easily been Juniors’ best outfield player, turned and struck the outside of a post before Holden blocked the rebound. Foster took off again sixty seconds from half-time, forcing another flag-kick, this time Phillips punched well clear under pressure.
The home side attacked first off after the break, Phillips darting off his line smartly to beat Willson to a clever long ball over the top. The visitors hit the woodwork for a second time on 59 minutes when Holden did well to touch Corey Hyde’s effort onto the bar. Carlin then attacked for the hosts, setting up Willson for another effort at goal before the same player forced yet another save from the keeper with a header. Dorgan then had the next attempt, yet again Phillips was equal to it when fielding a flicked header comfortably. Peggy then had a chance on the 69 minute mark when Hyde saw an effort blocked from an indirect free-kick after Holden had picked up the ball only to see it rather dubiously, classed as a back-pass. Lockmen sub Jonathan Ashfall replaced Foster and was soon in the thick of the action on his debut. His strong run down the right flank set up Carlin but the effort span well away from goal. On 76 minutes Pearson found himself clean through on goal for the visitors only for Holden to stay on his feet and make a great block at the expense of a corner. Skipper Dan Bryson then saw his effort fly across goal for a throw-in on 79 minutes before two minutes later Ashfall sent in a neat header that Phillips caught under the bar. Adam Holliday then got up from defence to see his fierce effort blocked on the line before Bryson then stormed through the middle to lob over Phillips but also the bar. With five minutes remaining a Willson free-kick found Clarke, but he could only scuff an effort to the keeper. Pegasus captain Hyde was then dismissed for foul and abusive language aimed at the referee after he disagreed with a decision and Willson then saw an effort blocked on 88 minutes before Callum Craddock saw his free-kick pushed wide of the goal for a corner by Holden in the 90th minute.
Report compiled by Match Day Secretary and Press Officer Chris Burton.