The Lockmen scored a stunning volley with the last kick of the game to grab a deserved draw from their pre-season friendly with Darlaston. The Lockmen had four former players in their line-up and it was one of those, Antony Boswell, who picked the ball out some thirty yards from goal, swapped the ball from right to left foot, looked up, and promptly picked out the very top left-hand corner of the net with the keeper nowhere near stopping it. The Lockmen showed first, winning a fifth minute corner, taken short, the cross in was well caught by the home keeper under pressure from Corey pearce, who had several games last season for The Reds. The home side put pressure on with an excellent cross on 9 minutes but the shot flew over. Willenhall saw another couple of corners around the midway point of the half, but these were cleared easily. On 32 minutes The lockmen took the lead when a fine run and cross from the returning Jamal Pinnock was well headed home by Pearce.
There were plenty of changes for both sides at the start of the second half, Joint manager Mark Habbashaw amongst them for Lockmen. Indeed, he was first to show after the break, firing low at the keeper on 51 minutes. The home side levelled out of the blue when a fine cross from the Darlo left took a bobble, and the unfortunate Lucan Spittle, a favourite from his previous spell, was unfortunate to crash the ball into the roof of his own net as he attempted to clear from underneath his own crossbar. Pinnock then produced a superb run from the edge of his own box to the Darlo box, but his cross was dealt with. The lockmen saw a 30 yard free-kick blocked and the home team had a corner at the midpoint of the half before a superb strike flew into the corner of the net from 30 yards with 19 minutes left. A minute later and Ashley Francis fired a yard too highbefore some superb play set up Habbashaw, but his clever chip was just over. The lockmen missed a couple of good chances soon after, one being a deflected effort which brought a smart stop from the Blues keeper. Pinnock saw an effort on 76 minutes fly over as The Lockmen continued to dominate before Harry Radford made a fine save at the expense of a corner. When the ball was played in underneath the crossbar, he tipped the ball over at the expense of another flag-kick. With eight minutes to go, The lockmen trialist made a clever run and turn on the right hand side of the six yard box, sitting two defenders on their back sides before finding Habbashaw who saw his effort cleared from the line. The home side had two more narrow squeaks before Boswell scored a very early contender for goal of the saeson at the very end of the game.
Match report by Chris Burton.