The Lockmen produced a determined performance to outplay title-chasing Cradley Town, who scored with their only real chance of the game.
With injuries and suspensions still biting hard The Lockmen made a quiet start with two early efforts flying wide. The visiting Ammers forced a corner on 16 minutes, Jovan Blake-Walker’s determination forcing the kick. Darren Whitley fired wide on 17 minutes before Lewis Clarke did likewise for the visitors a minute later. On 22 minutes Clarke hit an effort across goal which bounced to safety off a post before Ex-Red Chris Bladen forced a corner. With 26 minutes gone The Lockmen started to take control and Kieron Robinson saw a good shot well fielded by visiting keeper Shaun Edwards. Leon Weller then had two efforts just miss the mark before brother Lyndon produced an excellent block to snuff out danger man Bladen as he shaped to shoot. Three minutes from the break Sam Wilkinson forced another Cradley corner, Bladen finding space but firing over. A minute on and Willenhall won a free-kick on the left of goal, Mikey Robertson saw his effort hit the wall before Lyndon Weller produced a dangerous cross which Edwards caught well.
The Reds started much better after the break and Alex Carlin produced an overhead kick on 53 minutes which inadvertently set up Lyndon Weller as he headed the ball goal wards, Edwards grasping the ball safely on the goal-line. On the hour mark Carlin was played through on goal but as he hesitated for a fraction it allowed Edwards enough time to get into position to block the striker’s effort at his post. Danny Hemmings then fired over before Robinson attacked well and won another corner. Adrian Dove curled the ball in but The Ammers’ keeper caught well. Robinson then threatened again with a run and shot on 68 minutes as the home side continued to press for the opener. Robinson then did well to set up Carlin but his effort brought only a corner. Disaster struck The Lockmen on 73 minutes when a long through ball saw Bladen peel off his marker, race goal wards before scuffing an effort through the legs of the unfortunate Tom Turner and into the net. Two minutes later and Blake-Walker should have doubled the advantage as he broke clear and flicked the ball past Tuner but also beyond the post. With three minutes left a dangerous free-kick was swung into the box only for Edwards to get a clean punch on the ball. With four minutes of stoppage-time already played, a needless foul 35 yards from goal saw The Lockmen awarded a free-kick. Chris Milliard stepped up to take and earned a point that was fully deserved by brilliantly curling the ball into the very top right hand corner of the net.