Two errors of judgement, one from the Lockmen keeper and one from the officials, denied The Lockmen a deserved point from this game against fourth placed Malvern Town.
A strong wind blowing straight down the pitch wa in Willenhall’s favour in the first-half and a fine start was denied by a dubious decision to penalise Corey Pearce for winning a challenge fairly with visiting keeper Charlie Waver. With less than 90 seconds played a booming kick from keeper Ryan Lewis saw Pearce chasing and Weaver appeared to handle the shot at him outside the area but was not seen by the officials. Jason Wood went close from a free-kick after four minutes. Bryan Craven headed wide and Dave Reynolds saw his header graze a post as the visitors showed. However, The Lockmen failed to capitalise on several dangerous crosses or gamble on Lewis’ kicks which mostly appeared to bounce in the opposing penalty area. Weaver did produce the save of the match when he brilliantly turned aside Pearce’s header with a one-handed save.
With no let-up in the wind, the visitors had the majority of play and appeared more willing to shoot at goal more frequently. There were several wayward efforts before Malvern sub Josh Wetherby lobbed goalwards from forty yards with his first touch and a misjudgement in the swirling wind by Lewis saw the ball dip dramatically and somehow drop in over his head and right under the bar. Willenhall were still threatening and with Curtis Ellis prominent with same fine balls into dangerous areas, both Pearce and Chadd Birch had chances to level. However, the killer goal on 84 minutes arrived when a blatant hand-ball was deemed as accidental and Dave Reynolds was able to stroll on and net well.