Friday, January 28

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Black Country Rangers


Willenhall Town

WMRL Premier Division Saturday 29 April @ 3:00 pm
The Lockmen completely destroyed their hosts as they ran in five second half goals against a Black Country Rangers side that looked totally uninterested.
With no recognised keeper, Reece Chambers donned the gloves and he had just two saves to make in 90 minutes. The hosts were the first to show on three minutes but Chambers was out quickly to sweep the ball clear from outside the box.  Edward Cox in the home goal then made a brave save at the feet of Josh Annakin on five minutes after a through ball from left to right from Lockmen skipper Ben Perks had set up a shooting opportunity, albeit from a tight angle.  The resulting corner came to nothing before Perks fired wide on seven minutes.  Mark Habbershaw fired wide sixty seconds later before Annakin did well to pick out Chadd Birch with a pass, his effort was deflected wide for a corner, which was cleared.  Dom Smith went close with a header from a Curtis Ellis cross after fifteen minutes.  Chadd Birch was cleverly set up by brother Remie on 19 minutes, nutmegging the full-back before curling inches beyond the far post.  The home side had a free-kick on 20 minutes which was cleared long, allowing another shooting chance for Chadd Birch which flew across goal for a throw-in.  Another clever passing move saw another corner gained on 22 minutes which saw Perks’ header flick onto Habbershaw who fired wide.  The goal finally arrived on 29 minutes when Annakin was unceremoniously dumped to the ground.  From the resulting free-kick fired in from the right, Habbershaw netted with an overhead kick.  Rangers came more into the game in the final quarter of an hour of the first half without seriously testing Chambers with a shot, several efforts were way off target but nothing to force Chambers into a save of any description.


Rangers saw a dangerous Brodie Williams cross set up a chance for Shane Campbell who fired wide.  The Lockmen doubled their lead on 47 minutes when a home defender gave the ball away and Liam Wilkinson fed Chadd Birch, allowing him to roll an effort into the corner.  The home side had a corner on 55 minutes before a great chance was wasted by substitute Ryan Boothe as he fired past Chambers but found only the outside of the post.  Rangers halved the deficit on 57 minutes when home skipper Russ Garner netted from Chambers’ one mistake, a bobbling ball bounced awkwardly, hit his chest and fell nicely for the home skipper.  Clayton Peddie then twice saved The Lockmen with successive blocks on the hour before Town stretched their lead a minute later.  Habbershaw played the ball wide and when Curtis Ellis crossed he was perfectly placed to thump a delightful shot into the far top corner of the net.  Remi Mongeaud was then played clean through soon after but shanked horribly wide as he fell over his own feet.  Chambers then produced a stunning one handed save to deny Lewis Archer with thirteen minutes remaining.  The Lockmen then killed the game on 80 minutes when a short back pass allowed Josh Annakin to latch onto the ball and he flicked a header past Cox and watched the ball trickle home.  Five minutes later a forward ball found Chadd Birch who beat the keeper to the ball easily and delicately lifted it over him and watched as it rolled against the post and in.  Chadd Birch could then have scored again when he produced  some neat skills to create space for a clever chip to the far post where it was fractionally beyond the goal.  However, he netted his hat-trick in stoppage-time when he pounced onto a long ball forward and slotted home for goal number 28 for the season.

Black Country Rangers 1 - 6 Willenhall Town

  • Saturday 29 April 2017 @ 3:00 pm
  • WMRL Premier Division 
Cavan Ellis Liam Wilkinson

Previous meetings

13 Jan 15 7:45 pm WMRL Premier Black Country Rangers v Willenhall Town 3 - 3
28 Mar 15 3:00 pm WMRL Premier Willenhall Town v Black Country Rangers 1 - 1
08 Aug 15 3:00 pm WMRL Premier Willenhall Town v Black Country Rangers 2 - 2
26 Jan 16 7:45 pm WMRL Premier Black Country Rangers v Willenhall Town 2 - 3
07 Mar 17 7:45 pm WMRL League Cup Willenhall Town v Black Country Rangers 2 - 0
22 Mar 17 7:45 pm WMRL Premier Willenhall Town v Black Country Rangers 3 - 4
29 Apr 17 3:00 pm WMRL Premier Black Country Rangers v Willenhall Town 1 - 6