A heavily depleted Lockmen put in a superb performance but ultimately ran out of dteam in this exciting game. Willenhall forced a corner on three minutes which Manraj Chahal cleared. However, a minute later and the visitors took the lead when Dean Humpage won a crunching tackle to the right of midfield, carried towards the edge of the box before slipping a pass through for Scott Harris to run onto and slide an angled shot into the far corner of the net. However, the lead lasted only two minutes as a ball across from the right found Rohan Gill at the far post and he scored unopposed. Harris then broke again on seven minutes but found himself crowded out ashe attempted to shoot. Humpage then had to clear a dangerous cross with a header at the expense of a 12th minute corner as the hosts again broke swiftly. The Reds started to turn the screw on the quarter hour as Kurtis Wedgebury made a brilliant save to first punch clear a corner before turning the rebound onto the bar before early Rangers sub Ali Trawali then kicked the follow up off the line. Nine minutes later Tony Clift saw two efforts blocked, the latter b Myron Thomasbefore Wedgebury punched clear another corner two minutes later. Andy Lowe fired wide on 27 minutes before Yussuf Ceesay swung in a dangerous cross for Smethwick which was well held under pressure by young Ryan Lewis in The Lockmen goal. Rendell then curled a free-kick just over for The Town on 35 minutesbefore a Luke Woodyatt free-kick on 37 minutes was headed on by Rangers skiper Babacar Sauane and blocked by Rendell, the loose ball fell nicely to Ceesay but his effort flew wide. The Lockmen had one last attack on 42 minutes but a corner drifted harmlessly over.
HT SMETHWICK RANGERS 1-1 WILLENHALL TOWN
The Lockmen started the second-half the better and threatened on 53 minutes when Dean Humpage broke at speed before finding harris who forced another fine save from Wedgbury.Andy Lowe denied the home side sixty seconds later by heading off the line at the expense of a corner before the keeper punched clear the resulting corner. Rendell then produced a powerful shot on 65 minutes just off target before before Clift played through Harris who was denied by another good block from the keeper. Rohan Gill should have put Rangers ahead but a bad miss saved Willenhall. On 82 minutes, Rangers’ forward momentum finally broke the brave resistance of TheLockmen. Lewis pulled off a truly unbelievable saveonly to see Woodyatt tuck home the loose ball. Two minutes later and the game was settled when Ceesay tucked home a cross into the six yard box.
FT SMETHWICK RANGERS 3-1 WILLENHALL TOWN