FULL MATCH REPORT
The Lockmen comfortably despatched a desperately poor Wednesfield side, despite playing very poorly. Harry Rickus was first to show for The Reds, firing a fourth minute effort just wide of the mark. Skipper Paul Holden then made a run forward from centre-midfield, charging through a couple of weak tackles before his forward pass just eluded Eddie Wilson. Willenhall wasted a corner on six minutes but a minute on and they had the lead through a superb Mikey Clark strike that he curled into the very top right hand corner from outside the box. Wilson then sent a 10th minute free-kick sailing high over the bar before Clark went on a jinking run through the defence before firing goalwards, only to see Luke Stevens produce a fine dive to tip the ball around the post. Clark then curled an effort on target, only to see the crossbar prevent a second goal. The Lockmen then won another corner on the twenty minute mark after Wilson and Jamel Fuller had combined forces. Willenhall then had a 25th minute half cleared to the right only to see the ball recycled, crossed back in and another flag-kick won. Wilson took the kick and Graham Ashton came steaming through to thump a header home on 26 minutes. A corner on 27 minutes then eventually saw a free-kick awarded, this time Wilson’s shot was on target as he beat the wall but not the diving Stevens who pushed it behind. A minute later and Willenhall increased their lead when the visiting keeper, impeccable up until now, dived over a weak effort from Matt Dorgan to make the score 3-0. On the 34th minute the visitors reduced the deficit with a free-kick played wide, Graham Ashton conceding a highly contentious penalty. Skipper Ryan Bradshaw fired home from the spot. The game quietened a little and in the last action of the half Stevens redeemed himself partially with a fine take from a Wilson effort two minutes before the break.
HT WILLENHALL TOWN 3-1 WEDNESFIELD FC
Mikey Robertson was involved at the start of the second-half as first his effort was well saved before seeing a header blocked in the six yard box on 51 minutes. Three minutes later and a storming 50 yard run from Harry Rickus saw him outstrip the defence but fire wastefully over when he really should have done better. Stevens saved a 55th minute free-kick and then a looping effort from Robertson sixty seconds later as the home side continued to dominate affairs. A couple more corners were won and defended well before Rickus’ effort forced yet another save from an overworked Stevens. Clark was then played through and forced another fine save at the expense of a Wilson corner; Ashton powering the ball into the side-netting from Wilson’s delivery into the box. However the fourth goal that had been threatened all half finally arrived when Wilson played a delightful ball forward for Clark to race onto and he blasted home despite a valiant effort to save from Stevens. Clark forced another fine save before Luke Harpin almost headed into his own goal under pressure on 72 minutes. Stevens then produced a superb double save to deny Rickus after sub Dean Humpage had released him, blocking the first effort superbly before reacting quickly enough to divert the second effort away from goal. With 14 minutes remaining Humpage then produced a clever ball for Wilson to attack, he dropped his shoulder, left two defenders flailing in his wake before shooting at a relieved Stevens. Sixty seconds later, the visitors forced a routine save from Ben Holden with a weak effort before Humpage’s fine cameo continued on 82 minutes as he was unlucky to see his effort rear up on him as he shaped to shoot, his effort just too high as he tried to adapt position to shoot. Humpage won a corner and took it, his delivery seeing fellow sub Scott Harris out jump the defence but his effort was a foot too high on 86 minutes. With two minutes left a shot from a corner was blocked on the line before a strike from skipper Paul Holden was blazed over from the half clearance.
FT WILLENHALL TOWN 4-1 WEDNESFIELD FC
By Chris Burton – Match Secretary
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