The Lockmen fought back from behind twice to win a vital three points as they moved above their opponents to sixth bottom, but with two points covering five teams it is still extremely tight at the bottom. The Lockmen started well and missed three half chances before the visitors took a ninth minute lead with their first attack. There seemed no danger when the ball dropped to Taran Singh 25 yards out but he fired first time into the far corner, just beyond the reach of keeper Ben Newton. Craig Sudlow headed wide and Mikey Clark forced a good save from Seb Mann as the keeper blocked with his feet before The Reds levelled on 20 minutes, skipper Paul Holden heading home Tom Turners’s free-kick from half-way. Mann pushed it up in the air but it dropped back into the roof of the net. Smethwick retook the lead on 29 minutes when a good run down the left from Sandeep Dhesi saw Jaspal Bhansal picked out and he drove into the box before rounding the keeper to fire home. Two minutes from the break and Matt Dorgan levelled when a quickly taken free-kick on the right found him just inside the box and he diverted the ball home.
By comparison the second half was a much tighter affair with Willenhall all but shutting out the visitors while looking likely to add to their tally, and this they did with a wonderfully worked goal on 82 minutes. Tom Turner drove down the right before playing a quick one-two with sub Eddie Wilson, the former curled over a dangerous cross where fellow sub Callum Foster simply guided a shot into the far corner to win the game.
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