The Lockmen produced their most inept display in several years, going down to a single goal defeat to relegation-haunted Wellington Amateurs, that with any type of finishing could have been six.
The home side had to win to stand any real chance of avoiding a relegation spot and they started in earnest, Luke hester heading wide in the second minute. Adji Gnadja then did well to head away a dangerous cross by Hester on six minutes before The Lockmen threatened on ten minutes, the imptressive Amarpreet Dulay breaking down the right before putting in a fine cross which eventually fell to Graham Ashton to fire wide. On 12 minutes the home side broke the deadlock when a clever reverse pass in behind the full-back allowed Ben Gutteridge to race forward and fire home across Ben Holden. Adrian Dove saw his shot for the visitors blocked before Jamie Bloor saw his effort for Ams suffer a similar fate at the other end. The Lockmen thought they should have been awarded a penalty when Dulay was hauled back in the box, not for the last time they were left scratching their heads at the officiating. Ten minutes before the break Matt Dorgan forced a fine save from Ben Czerepaninec at the expense of a corner. After Town saw their kick come to nothing, Bloor took The Amateurs next corner, whichhit the post on its way behind.
The home side won three successive corners at the start of the second-half before Bloor hit the wall with a free-kick as the home side started brighter again. After 57 minutes Danny Hemmings forced a routine save from the Wellington keeper before Holden denied Bloor again. Adrian Dove fired just over on 58 minutes after more good work from Dulay. Adrian Dove again hit the keeper with a shot on 65 minutes before the home side created a string of chances, wasting half a dozen with some wild shooting putting it politely. With nine minutes left the home keeper made a great one handed save, denying Town sub Shaquille Olagitere. Hemmings then did brilliantly to cut inside his marker before firing at the keeper. Graham Ashton then headed at the keeper on 90 minutes before he shot at the keeper a minute into stoppage-time.