The Lockmen were on the wrong end of a spectacular scoreline in a game marred by a galeforce wind.
With The Lockmen, struggling badly with injuries and unavailability’s and kicking into the teeth of a gale blowing directly down the pitch, Shawbury made their intentions obvious from the off. They won a second minute corner which was cleared 30 yards from goal, Grant Butler had a fierce effort that flew high and wide. Tom Lappin then fired hopelessly high and wide followed by efforts from Stuart Ellis and Dan Beddows, twice, all similarly way off target from 30 yards or more out. Beddows then fired wide on 13 minutes after Ben Holden had blocked an initial effort after a break down the left. The Reds threatened on 14 minutes when they won a free-kick. The ball was played to the left by Jon Ashfall where Aaron Archer crossed dangerously but the cross was headed clear. Hill had another shot from distance fly way wide on the quarter-hour as the visitors and the wind pressed the home side back. Finally the visitors took the lead on 18 minutes when Beddows let fly from at least 35 yards out and the ball caught the wind from a deflection and absolutely rocketed into Holden’s top left hand corner with him standing no chance of stopping it. Jamie Nugent, making his debut, then shaped to shoot as a foray into the visitor’s box came to an end as he was robbed of possession. Ellis was high and wide again on 21 minutes from distance before winning a corner two minutes later after his strike was deflected wide. From the corner a minute later, United doubled their lead as Hill’s corner dropped into the six yard box and James Askey poked home. Callum Foster then won a corner on 25 minutes after slipping past three players, and Eddie Willson‘s delivery dropped nicely for Ashfall to fire first time goalwards, unfortunately it was well blocked. Holden was forced to race off his line twice to hack long balls forward clear before Lappin hit another effort wide on the half-hour. Two minutes later a swirling free-kick almost caught out Holden, but he managed to punch well clear. The Lockmen were back in the game however on 37 minutes when they were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box and Willson stepped up to curl a fantastic effort right into the top right hand corner over the wall. However a ridiculous spell just before the break saw the table-topping visitors score four times. The Lockmen were denied a penalty after a defender literally caught the ball in his own area to stop a through ball into the six yard area before they broke quickly and played a long ball into the box. Stuart Eilis won a hotly contested penalty and Bekhir Halil took the spot-kick, comfortably sending Holden the wrong way. Two minutes later Shawbury broke quickly again, and a ball into the edge of the box for Ellis to net. On 44 minutes Ellis got a fifth when he wriggled his way through three defenders marking him tightly and somehow managed to engineer a half yard of space to fire home. A minute into stoppage-time Butler launched a shot from 35 yards again, again it flew at high speed with the wind behind it into the corner. To cap a remarkable six minute collapse.
During the second half, the visitors were well placed to simply defend in numbers, hassle every Willenhall player in and out of possession and generally mark tightly. However, on 50 minutes, Matt Dorgan was played into the corner of the box from the right and his clever little chip lifted the ball over the onrushing keeper to reduce the arrears. Dorgan’s next effort on 57 minutes flew at the keeper before a free-kick on the hour from Willson was high over. Four minutes later and a clever ball into the box saw Nugent mark his debut with a goal when he touched home from close range. On 66 minutes, The Lockmen again threatened through Dorgan but this time his run and cross were just too high at the far post. Nugent was only just off target with an effort being chipped just over before Shawbury killed the game stone dead on 77 minutes when a cross in from the left found unmarked substitute Tom Hounsell to convert.
To cap a bad day at the office, Eddie Willson saw red for a poor challenge after the ball had gone and the game petered out.
Report compiled by Match Day Secretary and Press Officer Chris Burton.