This vital relegation six-pointer turned out to be a real ding-dong battle as neither side seemed capable of defending but both looked like scoring every time they attacked. The Lockmen made the worst possible start when a simple ball over the top of the defence found veteran striker Mark Bellingham and he steered the ball beyond Ben Holden and in off the post in the second minute. Ninety seconds later it was 2-0 when another ball into the box found David Almond and he poked home from close range. Ben Johnson for the visitors and Daniel Jarrett for the hosts both went close before The Lockmen hit back. First Matt Dorgan steered his header onto a post on 25 minutes before skipper Paul Holden and Mikey Clark both went close. Dorgan then pulled a goal back on 36 minutes when he headed home a cross and two minutes later Jarrett tucked home from a cross. There was still time for The Ammers to re-take the lead when former Lockman Chris Bladen was played through and he fired home.
Five minutes after the break and The Reds levelled again, this time Dorgan curled a simply breath taking left footed shot from 25 yards right into the very top corner of the goal. A minute later and Dorgan was denied the perfect hat-trick when former Reds keeper Matt Jones produced a superb one handed save to deny the striker. However on 54 minutes Cradley took the lead for a third time when Bladen raced clear onto a through ball and fired home his second. Graham Ashton headed a corner inches over before The Lockmen levelled yet again on 75 minutes, this time from the spot when the last man hauled back Mikey Clark to deny the winger a goal, somehow he escaped without even a talking to. Matt Dove thundered the spot-kick home. Both sides took it in turn to attack after this but somehow no more goals were forthcoming.
Full Match Report to follow.