The Lockmen slipped to defeat against an Old Wulfrunians side who finished with ten men following a shocking two-footed lunge.
Liam Hickman saw a looping header drift wide after six minutes following a fine cross field pass before the visitors had a couple of shots fly wide. Firstly, Nathan Lodge saw his tenth minute fired over after a decent left wing cross before Jack Marsh saw his effort a minute later deflect to Chris Adamson. Their next break two minutes later saw a header fly over.
Willenhall took the lead on 15 minutes when a booming kick from Adamson was chased hard by Hickman but it was visiting captain Tom Ray who hammered the ball past his own keeper. A minute later Jake Pearson saw his effort fly across goal for the visitors before Hickman chased another ball forward, beat the onrushing keeper to the ball before his attempted cross was pulled back for a foul. Adamson produced a superb save on 25 minutes when a lobbed effort almost eluded his clutches, Wharton blocking the follow-up attempt at the expense of a corner. Tony Agnello then forced a brilliant one-handed save from Adamson on 28 minutes but from the resulting corner, Dan Hadley headed home. Hickman then forced a corner from his attempted cross.
The visitors then stretched their lead on 32 minutes when Nathan Lodge swept home a penalty after Dan Jones had mis-timed a tackle. With 38 minutes played it was 3-1 when a headed clearance from Ray was played into the path of Lodge and he managed to curl an effort into the corner. A minute later and a free-kick was half cleared as far as Martyn Beard and his strike was parried and then grabbed by Jamie Bostock in the visitor’s goal. Four minutes before the break Hickman to go close from a Jones run and cross. Marsh then fired wide for Wulfs at the other end on 45 minutes before Hickman again went close a minute into stoppage time.
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Wulfs attacked first after the break when James Weaver headed wide when unmarked. The game then meandered for a while when both sides cancelled each other out until substitute Steve Stearn forced a corner on 68 minutes before Wharton saw an effort deflect wide. Jack Marsh then flicked a free header onto the post and away after a corner for the visitors.
Ben Browne saw a shot fly at the keeper on 73 minutes before the visitors were forced to play the final 13 minutes a man short after a horrible two-footed lunge from Pearson on Stearn saw a straight red and a booking for Stearn after he reacted badly. Browne saw another shot stopped blocked, Cory Ensor saw his effort fly wide before Wulfs keeper Bostock almost let a back-pass roll under his foot and into the net with a minute left.