The Lockmen made much the better footballing start and on six minutes a fine run from Kieron Robinson saw him put in a dangerous cross which Bilston keeper James Gettings fumbled but was cleared. A first time cross two minutes later from the right by Adrian Dove produced a fine header from Jon Ashfall, however he directed it a yard off target. Ex Willenhall striker Naveed Arshad, on his Bilston debut then shanked wide on ten minutes both sides then won and wasted corners before the first moment of controversy on 25 minutes. Matt Dove, on his first game back at the club, was elbowed and he reacted by flicking out a boot and was red carded whilst his attacker escaped with a yellow. From Willenhall’s free-kick the ball into the box was flicked on and found Robinson on the far post. However, he was undecided on how to best approach the ball as the post loomed up, and in the end he attempted to head it but ended up knocking it beyond the target with his body. On 29 minutes Arshad again fired wide and two minutes later Lewis McPike curled over. In spite of being a man light, The Lockmen were the better side and fantastic play between Robinson and Alex Carlin resulted in Leon Weller almost putting his shot beyond the keeper, but he managed to gather at the second attempt. Carlin then fired wide on 35 minutes before winning a corner sixty seconds later. Ashfall was then high and wide as the home side continued to search for a goal. The goal arrived on 38 minutes but not at the end everybody expected as a quick break down the right saw a cross into the box for Arshad to guide the ball into the roof of the net. The half ended in more controversy as Adam Holliday also received a straight red for what had looked an accidental kick in a challenge between two players fighting for the ball.
Even with nine men against eleven it was Willenhall trying to attack from the off. Robinson made a clever run with the ball before shooting at Gettings on 49 minutes. Carlin then forced a corner which was headed clear before The Steelmen were finally punished for a late tackle. Robertson stepped up 25 yards from goal and curled a delightful low effort around the wall and into the keeper’s bottom left hand corner on 57 minutes. However just five minutes later and McPike had restored Bilston’s lead with a free header from a left wing cross. The Lockmen then made all three subs as they picked up injuries as the rain continued to hammer down. However on 78 minutes Arshad looked to have sealed the game when his fierce strike was blocked by Ben Holden but was powerful enough to bounce into the net. Bilston had the bit between the teeth but poor crosses and poorer finishing alongside some poor decisions saw The Lockmen able to defend bravely to stop any more goals and still manage to counter through Ashfall twice who saw efforts well blocked when there seemed a distinct possibility of something more rewarding. Jaihon Sedgley made two brave blocks to prevent a goal in injury-time before ex Red Paul Holden skipped cleverly past two tackles and poked home with virtually the last kick of five minutes of injury-time.