The Lockmen came up trumps against Black Country rivals Tipton Town in a seven goal thriller; a result that condemns Tipton to a bottom three finish and possible relegation.
A quiet opening burst into life on seven minutes when the home side took the lead. A lovely through ball from Jason Hewitt picked out the debut-making Simon Larmor, and he cleverly held his position, committed the keeper and rolled the ball calmly underneath him for the opening goal. The early setback did not deter the visitors and they certainly weren’t playing like a team winless thus far this season. They shaped a couple of attacks before Larmor was played in again, this time Josh Morgan stood his ground and saved. The visitors got a deserved leveller on 21 minutes when the veteran Ravi Sangha, a one-time Willenhall player, got onto the end of a right wing cross and cleverly guided the ball beyond the reach of Ben Holden with 21 minutes played. The Lockmen responded well to this set-back and played some delightful football without actually threatening a goal. However on 37 minutes they were denied a blatant penalty when Larmor touched the ball past the keeper only to have his legs taken by the keeper’s arms. No penalty was forthcoming, much to the disgust of the home team.
The second-half started with all guns blazing as Tipton took a 47th minute lead when a cross in from the left appeared to squirm from the grasp of Holden and visiting skipper Robbie Duffield appeared to get the last touch to put the visitors ahead. The lead lasted less than a minute, however, as the home side hit back immediately. The Lockmen broke down the right from kick-off and the cross was flicked on by Jamoy Christie to Matt Dove who volleyed home for 2-2. Chris Milliard then let fly with an effort from thirty yards which flew just over the target before Morgan blocked one effort superbly on the line before the follow up was cleared from the line on 49 minutes for a corner. Sangha fired high and wide for the visitors on the hour before forced a corner on 61 minutes. Scott Harris entered the fray on 64 minutes and his first action saw his header saved just after coming on, Milliard then saw his lob drop just wide. Sangha won an easy free-kick before the kick on 68 minutes was played into the box for a close range blast that Holden did brilliantly to hold let alone save. The visitors won a couple of corners as the rain became increasingly heavy from its start of match drizzle. Harris then broke free and managed to set up Larmor only to see his effort fly just wide on 76 minutes. Adrian Dove then took a free-kick on 80 minutes which flew to the keeper. Another debut was given, this time to Touray Lewin at this point, just as the ref called off the players for three minutes as a horrendous hail-storm took centre-stage. Adrian Dove then hit a rasping drive on 82 minutes when the players re-appeared, the ball was cleared thirty yards out where skipper Bryson fired straight back and into the roof of the net. The lead again lasted less than a minute as this time Montell Brown picked up the ball on the left hand side, raced goal wards and let fly with a screamer from the corner of the penalty area to level on 83 minutes. However, The Lockmen were not to be denied and grabbed a deserved winner on 89 minutes when Lewin fired home a screamer to take maximum points.