With keeper Lewis running late, it was Simon Laidley who donned the gloves initially as The Lockmen were forced to start a man light. The home side first pressed with a second minute corner, which Laidley comfortably caught. However, from the next corner on four minutes, Andy Price netted after Laidleycouldn’t hold. The home side doubled their lead on six minutes when a wonderful crossfield ball left to right picked out Matt Williams and he volleyed superbly home. The visitors the attacked and forced a corner on eight minutes after fine work from Amarpreet Dulay. Lewis duly arrived on twelve minutes to make it 11 aside and The Lockmen forced a chance on 21 minutes when Elliott Bradford played Jason Hewitt through. Unfortunately, he couldn’t quite get enough height on his lob and Chris Manciu just managed to catch. Adam Newbury then hit the bar for the hosts befoe a 28th minute corner for the hosts was cleared from the line by Adam Holliday at the expense of another corner. Williams then scored another stunner on 31 minutes, this time a lob into the box dropped perfectly into the very top corner of the net, giving Lewis absolutely no chance. On 39 minutes a great crossfield ball from former Red-Boy Will Perkins picked out Josh Hunt and he perfectly executed a lob as the keeper came for the cross and then stopped, giving the home striker all the time and space he needed to go with the technique. Perkins then rounded the keeper but missed an open target as Welly finished the half well on top.
HT WELLINGTON FC 4-0 WILLENHALL TOWN
The visitors came out battling as Hewitt produced two saves from the keeper before manager Matt Whitehouse, a half-time sub first headd wide and then volleyed just wide. Simon Larmor then saw his briliant lob touched over before, from the resulting corner, he was given the ball near the goal-line, wriggled past one tackle before firing home with the aid of a deflection on 70 minutes from a tight angle. Home keeper Chris Manciu should then have been sent off for spitting in the face of Willenhall skipper Dan Bryson,an act the official ignored. Larmor was then played through but the keeper managed to kick the ball over the bar. Bryson then fired wide in stoppage-time. The home side had a number of chances throughout the second-half but a mixture of good defending and poor finishing never really saw them threaten to add to their tally.
FT WELLINGTON FC 4-1 WILLENHALL TOWN