After the decision to replace manager Joe Ball on Thursday, new manager Mark Cox gave six debuts after a dozen late signings.
The Lockmen were first out of the blocks with Geovannie Shaw firing a low effort in that was blocked. The visitors scored with their first threat when a free-kick on nine minutes wasn’t dealt with, allowing Ross Hall to fire home after he pounced on a blocked shot. Richard Wharton, straight from the kick-off stung the hands of Josh Moreman before Jake Sharman threatened on a determined run and cross. James Ough flicked a header goalwards which was headed over for a Willenhall corner on 19 minutes and from the half cleared corner Sharman crossed low only for Ough to fire wide. Sharman fired just over soon after before the visitors doubled their lead on the half hour. A corner was taken short and whipped in, somehow it found its way into the far corner of the net. Ryan O’Brien lashed a good chance wide on 38 minutes before another Lockmen free-kick was fired at the keeper.
Willenhall started the brighter after the break with O’Brien testing the Tipton keeper on 50 minutes. However, the visitors sprang again on 56 minutes when Ezekiel Aguemangwas was left unmarked and he curled into the corner after a quick counter. Cory Ember was just wide from an effort for the hosts before Luke Green curled over after a great run and pass from Ross Fox. Ebeneezer Marango forced a brilliant save from Ex Albion keeper Chris Adamson on 66 minutes, flying across goal to turn a fierce effort arond the post. The visitors had some good pressure towards the end, but it was continually undone either by a loose ball or the assistant’s flag.