FULL MATCH REPORT
It was honours even in this old fashioned Black Country derby as one team trying to pull away from the relegation zone battled with one trying not to be sucked into a battle. The first action of the game saw Eddie Wilson link up well with Jamel Fuller, the latter seeing his cross well taken by Robins’ keeper James Scarrett. Two minutes later Wilson was then played through on the left but his shot was deflected wide for a corner. Wilson’s delivery was headed behind for a second corner kick which was flapped away by an indecisive Scarrett before being cleared. Scarrett did much better on nine minutes when Matt Dorgan’s flick on found leading scorer Mikey Clark, forcing a fine one-handed save from the keeper. The Lockmen forced a corner from the resulting play after the clearance, but again Wilson’s attempt was headed clear. The visitors threatened for the first time on 12 minutes when they won a corner when a clever break down the left wing saw a cross flicked behind. The kick was easily dealt with though. The Robins attacked again on the 20 minute mark, winning a free-kick 30 yards from goal but Shawn Devonport fired wide. Clark then broke free a minute later and forced successive corners with Harry Rickus doing well after 27 minutes to win a storming tackle before charging goalwards. His first effort escaped the grasp of Scarrett, who managed to grab at the second attempt before the midfielder turned striker could pounce. Four minutes from the break and it was Rickus again doing the attacking when he got in a fierce effort which flew high and wide. A minute later he then escaped down the left wing and fired a cross-cum-shot across the face of the six yard area but Lee Jukes cleaned up at the expense of a corner which was headed clear. Rickus then played Clark clean through in the final seconds of the half but again Scarrett was out quickly to make a fine save.
HT WILLENHALL TOWN 0-0 DUDLEY TOWN
The visitors started the better after the break when Devonport was played in by dangerman Rion Francis Mills but he fired well wide and just two minutes later he was denied a goal-scoring opportunity by Bradleigh Gregory’s well-timed challenge. However The Lockmen were not reading the danger and on 54 minutes Francis Mills was left in acres of space on the left flank. When the ball wide was picked out he simply charged towards goal at an angle and from the edge of the box thumped his effort past a previously unworked Ben Holden. Dudley had scored with their first effort on target. The Lockmen regrouped quickly after this set-back and returned to the attack a minute later, winning a free-kick. Wilson delivered well, and his ball into the box was flicked onto skipper Paul Holden who headed just over. Mikey Robertson was then substituted after a quiet afternoon, Matt Dove returning. Willenhall won a couple of corners at the mid-point of the half, which were cleared and they continued to press but appeared to run out of ideas as they were comfortably repelled. Out of nowhere, The Lockmen grabbed a deserved point on 79 minutes. A well weighted ball from the right from Gregory dropped perfectly over the shoulder of Matt Dove and the substitute applied a delightful arcing volley to fly into the roof of the net leaving Scarrett, for once, stranded. Willenhall tried to press for the winner, but again The Robins defended a couple of corners comfortably, and the only worry was when the keeper again spilled a cross-shot into his own net but managed to clear with six minutes to go.
FT WILLENHALL TOWN 1-1 DUDLEY TOWN
By Chris Burton – Match Secretary
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