The Raiders may still be top and The Lockmen may still be bottom but there was nothing to pick between these two sides with the visitors disappointed to be going home with just a point.
Willenhall stated well with Carl Guinn firing across goal and Shaun Thomas forcing a fine save for a corner early on. However, with their first attack on six minutes, the home team took the lead with Chris Cornes firing low into the corner from a right wing cross. Guinn was unlucky when Dan Norcutt in the home goal punched a fierce Cory Ensor shot at him and the ball flew overon 17 minutes. The Lockmen won two corners in quick suddession and from one of these, Geovannie Shaw saw his effort kicked off the line. When the ball was half cleared it was recycled in again and this time Shaw levelled with a volley into the roof of the net on 24 minutes. Guinn twice lobbed the keeper after breaking clear but both efforts were just off target but when he broke a third time on 33 minutes as he rounded the keeper the ball was blocked by the keeper’s legs and dropped perfectly for Shaun Thomas to steady himself and fire past two covering players. Guinn again lobbed wide just before the break as The Lockmen had pretty much dominated attacking play.
The Raiders got the boost of a goal on 48 minutes when Willenhall were caught in possession allowing a left wing break. The ball was crossed in to the feet of Cornes but he turned left and right, created half a yard of space and lifted the ball over a despairing chris Adamson who got a touch to it but couldn’t keep the ball out. Richard Heeks was just wide for Willenhall on 66 minutes before the ome side took the lead again when a free-kick into the box was missed by everyone and Martin Fowler threw himself at the ball to net, injuring himself on the post in the process. Despite the home side then creating several opportunities, it was the visitors who scored next as an 82nd minute corner was flicked on and Ryan O’Brien got the last touch to deservedly level.