The Lockmen snatched defeat from the jaws of victory as Bewdley stole the points with two late goals in a minute, their only serious attempts at goal.
The visitors were the first to show with a fourth minute cross which drifted comfortably into the hands of an unchallenged Ben Holden. The Lockmen won the first corner of the contest on 16 minutes before they took a lead on 23 minutes with the first attempt at goal from either side. There seemed little danger when Mikey Robertson curled a cross into the box, however, a back header from by the far post dropped perfectly for Eddie Wynne-Willson to lash a first-time shot into the roof of the net. The visitors won a free-kick on 25 minutes but Luke Morris curled his effort high and wide. They wasted another free-kick from out right before a nothing challenge gave them another attempt from a dead-ball situation on 33 minutes. This time Ellis Stubbins hit the centrally positioned free-kick at Holden. Bewdley did well to clear a dangerous ball across the box after Adam Holliday had created the space for the attempt. Morris then crossed into the box for the Blues only for Holden to come out and punch the ball clear easily and Chris Milliard, on his second Willenhall debut, hooked away the loose ball. Danny Hemmings was high and wide on 40 minutes with The Lockmen’s next attempt before the half ended with a wasted free-kick again from Bewdley to finish a half where the only effort worthy of the name had produced a goal.
The first action after the break saw Leon Weller burst down the right and cut inside to fire at Bewdley keeper Alex Rhodes, who did well to push the ball out safely before falling onto the loose ball. The Reds thought that they had doubled their lead on 56 minutes when a superb curling effort from the edge of the box came back off the angle of post and crossbar. Leon Weller then forced a corner after more good play on the right flank before a good advantage by the referee on the hour allowed Matt Dove to fire in a low strike which was deflected for another corner. Another good effort from the same player was well blocked five minutes later. Holden then easily punched a Bewdley corner clear on 70 minutes, the ball dropping perfectly for Lyndon Weller to hammer clear. Two minutes later and the visitors finally forced a save from Holden. John Griffin did well to spin and shoot low down but it was still comfortable for Holden. Kieron Robinson then broke twice down the left and fired goal wards in the space of 30 seconds but both attempts were cleared. Hemmings then broke well on 74 minutes to force another corner but again the ball just wouldn’t drop in the right position for The Lockmen. There was another corner won and cleared by Willenhall before Graham Ashton picked up a booking on 78 minutes. Robinson missed a brilliant chance to make the game safe for The Reds with a second but from six yards and the goal at his mercy he fired straight at a relieved Rhodes who clutched the ball.
For all their dominance, The Lockmen were hit by a double sucker punch on 87 and 88 minutes. First a simple ball through for ex-Red Callum Martin saw him burst through and calmly slot into the corner before a clipped ball over the defence saw Griffin latch on and fire home an undeserved winner. Willenhall had one final chance to rescue even a point with a 90th minute free-kick but it was cleared and they were left to shake their heads at what might and should have been.