The Lockmen grabbed an unlikely point off a rugged Wolves Sporting Community team that was as welcome as it was unexpected. However, it was the least The Lockmen deserved for a battling display.
The visitors attacked early, hitting the bar in the first thirty seconds through Ethan Delaney. Asa Charlton then kicked off the line on four minutes to deny the visitors. The Lockmen then took the lead when a through ball released Scott Harris and he converted into the corner past the onrushing Luke Stevens on seven minutes. Ben Holden then made a stunning one-handed save to deny Bruno Sarmento after ten minutes before The Lockmen cleared a dangerous 14th minute corner from the visitors. Two minutes later Simon Larmour charged down a clearance by Stevens and it was cleared from the line before Harris headed an in swinging corner onto the roof of the net. Jonathan Letford then lobbed Holden but saw his effort hit the outside of the post and drop back into the keeper’s arms. Town skipper Dan Bryson then saw a stunning one handed save push his effort around the post on 29 minutes after a free-kick awarded for one of many robust tackles. Harris fired inches wide after being played through down the left hand side. Holden made a good low save on 34 minutes before Harris was again wide. Matt Dorgan then had to be replaced for The Lockmen after a shocking two-footed lunge on his knee from behind went unpunished, a yellow card eventually was produced when everybody else in the ground was expecting a different colour. Josh Sarmento then fired just off target at the other end as the visitors tried to get going. However, disaster struck The Reds as they conceded twice in a minute on half-time. First Sarmento fired home a loose ball before Dan Westwood hit a swerving drive from 25 yards that Holden slipped as he went for and could only help the ball home.
The first action of the second-half saw Sarmento carded for a nasty kick at Jamoy Christie as he bamboozled him and sped off, the young full-back had his legs simply kicked from underneath him and an at best petulant challenge that would normally have seen more than a yellow. The Lockmen then returned the dose to the visitors as they swung the game round in quick succession. Simon Larmour hit the inside of the post with his 50th minute free-kick, Scott Harris firing home the loose ball before Harris was chopped down in the box by Mitch Clarke, Larmour firing home the penalty on 54 minutes. Clarke almost redeemed himself at the other end a minute later, however, he somehow missed from close range when a free-kick was pumped into the box. Holden easily fielded another free-kick on 59 minutes before being fouled after the ball. He was able to continue after treatment but looked in some discomfort. To keep in line with their general play, Liam Cain became the latest booking for foul play from a clearly frustrated visiting side. Asa Charlton headed inches wide and Amarpreet Dulay headed just over as The Lockmen attempted to extend their lead. Holden saved a 73rd minute free-kick easily before producing a superb save two minutes later with his feet. The Lockmen roused themselves and almost scored a spectacular third. Sub Jason Hewitt flicked a ball up and over his marker before firing spectacularly at goal, producing a like wise save to deny him. The visitors forced two corners in succession on 82 minutes after being awarded a free-kick for Andy Lowe’s cautioned foul, both producing blocked shots before Westwood levellled on 83 minutes when he fired home at the far post from a corner. The last ten minutes were like the Alamo at times. Holden produced two stunning saves and both Bryson and Charlton produced goal-line blocks to deny the visitors a winner.