The Lockmen slipped to a poor loss in a hastily arranged friendly. With ten players missing through various reasons, it was an experimental team that started the game. Penkridge scored on 37 seonds when a curling cross from the left was fired home with a spectacular volley beyond the far post. Kyle Thompson fired just wide on seven minutes before two corners for The Reds were forthcoming. Thompson then won a third on ten minutes which he headed wide. A cross in from the left saw Grant fire wide on 12 minutes. Sixty seconds later and the home side doubled their tally when their number nine finished cleverly into the corner. A free-kick for Willenhall was cleared before Thompson won yet another corner on 213 minutes. When the ball dropped in the six yard box two shots were blocked; the first on the goal-line and the second one behind for another corner. The Reds equalised on 32 minutes when Chad Birch found himself well positioned tp fire a low shot home. harry Radford was then forced into a fine save before Thompson did likewise for Willenhall at the other end, Birch almost fastening onto the rebound.
HT PENKRIDGE TOWN 2-1 WILLENHALL TOWN
The Lockmen started better after the break, forcing a corner on 52 minutes before two minutes later they levelled through a fine move. Jamal Pinnock played a clever ball down the wing to Mark Habbershaw, he skinned his man before picking out Birch. Birch forced a fine save but Habbershaw reached the loose ball first and curled a delightful ball into the far corner of the net. However, Penkridge reclaimed the lead within 45 seconds as they broke swiftly from the kick=of, fed the ball out to the right wing where a low hard cross evaded the defence but not an onrushing Penkridge player who swept home. Habbershaw saw an effort blocked on the line again on 61 minutes before Pinnock did well to clear a home corner from the line a minute on. Ashley Campbell then fired just over before Radford made two fine saves to prevent Penkridge stretching their lead, the second at the expense of a corner. On 72 minutes the home side got a fourth when a right wing cross was finished. The Reds thought they had reduced the arrears on 88 minutes when Tabari Maxwell hit the bar with a fine free-kick, Ashley Campbell followed up to head home but somehow the goal was shalked off for an off-side decision.
Match report by Chris Burton.