The Lockmen huffed and puffed but they could find no way through a well drilled Bewdley side who took advantage of the key decisions of the game.
There was little to excite the crowd in the opening stages. Home keeper Ryan Price was quick off the mark to beat a Bewdley striker to a long through ball on five minutes before Ben Perks headed Bewdley’s first corner clear on ten minutes. A dangerous cross flew across the face of the Willenhall goal two minutes later before another visiting corner on 21 minutes was cleared. Luke Morris fired wide for the visitors a minute later in the first meaningful effort of the half. The returning Lucan Spittle then made a fine clearance before Morris then hit a post on 24 minutes. Sixty seconds later the visitors were ahead when Lewis Pountney fired home from the spot after keeper Ryan Lewis had rashly challenged for the ball at the right hand edge of the box. With eight minutes to the break, Bewdley’s veteran keeper Darren Steadman fetched down Chadd Birch as he attempted to go round him, this time the official wasn’t interested.
HT WILLENHALL TOWN 0-1 BEWDLEY TOWN
The Lockmen were much better after the break but everything seemed to break down with a combination of good defending and poor decision-making denying them a final product. Curtis Ellis fired a free-kick wide for The Lockmen before they forced a corner on 52 minutes. Price then did well to block a dangerous low cross before play swung to the other end where a Corey Pearce header at Steadman was well blocked. The visitors then doubled their lead on 64 minutes when Spittle was caught on the ball as last defender and Pountney raced on to dispatch his second goal . On 65 minutes Matt Dorgan fired just wide before Ryan Lewis made another fine save on 68 minutes. Substitute Kyle Thompson saw two efforts blocked on 73 minutes before he shot just wide three minutes latter. Thompson then forced another good save from the evergreen Steadman as The Reds threw everything at their visitors to no avail. Indeed a late break on 88 minutes saw Sam Lester fire home an acrobatic third that Lewis reached but couldn’t prevent the powerfully struck shot from entering the net.