FULL MATCH REPORT
The Lockmen comfortably dominated this relegation six-pointer, but it took two late goals to finally claim the points. The first attack came from the home side on three minutes when Daniel Jarrett flicked a long ball on for Harry Rickus to chase, only for Shifnal keeper Luke Kriskinans to beat him to the ball. Rickus himself attacked two minutes later, but the keeper denied him by saving with his feet. The Reds won a sixth minute corner which saw a Matt Dorgan shot blocked and after two botched clearance attempts, the visitors finally managed to clear the danger. A minute later Kriskinans dropped a free-kick into the box but managed to pounce before any attackers could profit from the mistake. A Dorgan attempted header at goal then dropped kindly for Jarratt, but he placed the ball wide of the mark. Mikey Clark then produced a great cross for Dorgan but unfortunately the striker skied his effort. The pressure was relentless and still going in one direction as Matt Dove fired a good strike at the keeper on 17 minutes as did Jarrett a minute later. The visitors finally had an effort at goal when James Welnitschuk, recently signed from Cradley fired over on 21 minutes. Jamel Fuller then produced one of his renowned lung-bursting dashes down the wing to set up Clark but his effort flew wide. Clark then broke down the left wing on 27 minutes and his clever cross saw a Dorgan flick on find Jarrett but his effort found the side-netting. Dorgan then produced a cross that saw Jarrett flick his header just wide. Ben Holden was finally forced into a save ten minutes before the break to deny Chris Henry as he bore down on goal after a clever move through the middle. Jarrett then fired high and wide from a free-kick into the box before, on 37 minutes, Dorgan played Rickus into space in the box and Kriskinans again produced a fine save to foil the attempt. Jarrett then forced another good save on 42 before a minute later Kriskinans excelled himself with a superb flying save to prevent Clark breaking the deadlock. Clark then forced another save before Dorgan won a corner Andre Calder charging forward to power a header wide from the kick.
HT WILLENHALL TOWN 0-0 SHIFNAL TOWN
The home side were given a warning straight from the kick-off when Henry was played clean through but Holden produced a fine save. Henry was through two minutes later, this time he hit the side-netting. Calder then produced a fine clearance as he visitors attempted to punish The Lockmen for their profligacy in front of goal. Rickus then hit the side-netting on 57 minutes before Holden produced a superb save to deny the visitors the lead a minute later, blocking with his foot. With the second-half beyond its mid-point, Clark then tried his luck down the wing but his shot was blocked. Mike Robertson, returning on loan from AFC Wulfrunians then set up Clark after leaving the bench, but Kriskinans was just too quick off the mark and smothered the ball. On 70 minutes The Reds finally made the breakthrough they deserved when Graham Ashton won a thundering challenge before feeding Fuller wide on the left. His cross picked out an unmarked Clark who had time and space to control before flashing home a strike. With the wind back in their sails, a Dorgan header on 71 and two Jarrett chances in the following two minutes were all saved before another sub, Scott Harris was played through on goal on 77 minutes. Again Kriskinans was off his line smartly to smother the shot, another piece of expert goalkeeping producing a fine save. With three minutes left the points were made safe when a great cross in from the right hand side from Rickus saw Dorgan climb high and he powered home a superb header which the keeper got a strong hand to but couldn’t keep out. The visiting keeper produced three more saves at the death after watching a Robertson effort go wide of his post, he denied Rickus sixty seconds into stoppage time before denying Clark after fine work from Fuller set him up.
FT WILLENHALL TOWN 2-0 SHIFNAL TOWN
By Chris Burton – Match Secretary
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