FULL MATCH REPORT
The Lockmen were left wondering how they suffered such a heavy home defeat after dominating most of the game. Scott Harris was first to show on four minutes when he broke forward and fed a ball through for Eddie Wilson but Joe Davies came across and cleared. A minute later and Wilson got free down the left and he returned the favour, freeing Harris who then managed to play Mikey Clark in for a strike that flew across goal. Luke Winter for the visitors then blocked Wilson’s ninth minute effort as The Reds made the running. Welly forced their first attack on 12 minutes but Graham Ashton slid in to rob Matt Aubrey as he shaped to shoot. The Lockmen failed to heed the warning and four minutes later the visitors took the lead with their first shot. Ben Fisher played a ball in from the left and he found an unmarked Aubrey who stroked home easily. Matt Dorgan then fired wide on 18 minutes before Lyndon Weller used his strength to block out Ben Fisher after a smart break down the right wing. Disaster struck The Lockmen on 23 minutes when Harris inadvertently flicked a Craig Hill goal-kick towards his own goal and the ball dropped perfectly for Fisher to latch onto and as he raced into the box he lifted a neat finish over Ben Holden and in. On 27 minutes it got even worse as The Lockmen twice cleared a corner off their own goal-line but a third attempt by Ben Thomas somehow found its way in. Wilson had a good effort blocked on 36 minutes as Willenhall looked for a way back in. Two minutes later his corner set up a good chance for Clark, again it was blocked by a defender before Matt Dove saw his attempt cleared. Dorgan then forced a fine save from Hill before Davies then blocked his follow-up. Welly then won a corner on 41 minutes but Josh Hunt flashed his effort off-target. Aubrey fired wide sixty seconds later before Clark chased and won a long pass downfield only to force another fine save.
HT WILLENHALL TOWN 0-3 WELLINGTON FC
With injured duo Kingsley Burrows-Fields replaced before and Kade Lewis at half-time, The Lockmen were able to welcome back Craig Sudlow after injury and it wasn’t long before he was involved. Four minutes after the break he forced a good block from his shot at goal. The Lockmen then forced sporadic corners before, from another Wilson delivery, Sudlow saw his header bounce on the top of the cross-bar and behind. The game was up on 66 minutes when Aubrey, stood out on the touchline by the away dug-out swung over a cross that caught the wind and dipped over Holden and into the very far top corner of the net for a fourth goal. The Lockmen appeared to throw caution to the wind after the goal and saw a 70th minute corner well cleared despite a vociferous appeal for a penalty when Clark was tripped by a prone defender but the penalty was denied as a corner had already been signalled. This time Wilson delivered perfectly beyond the far-post and he found Dorgan steaming in to thump home an emphatic header. Final sub Callum Foster won a corner with a quarter of an hour remaining, the initial ball was half cleared but when the ball was returned into the box Ashton just failed to reach the ball. A fine move involving Foster, Wilson and Sudlow saw the latter chip a clever cross back across goal and Hill somehow managed to claw Wilson’s clever chip over the bar for yet another corner. Another jinking run from Foster a minute later set up Dorgan but Davies somehow spooned the effort up over his own cross-bar. Clark then saw a free-kick clipped into him but his chip was cleared. Foster then sent in a superb low cross which Hill touched and somehow went inches beyond the far post for a corner. Wilson fired just over with a minute left before Tom Turner made a storming run to feed Foster and he set up Wilson who again was a couple of inches too high. The result left The Lockmen out of the relegation zone only on goal difference.