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Willenhall Town

FA Vase Saturday 4 October @ 3:00 pm

The Lockmen produced a superb comeback from two goals down to win this pulsating Vase tie away to a Continental Star team one level higher in the pyramid. The Lockmen couldn’t have made a worse start to this tie when, after former Lockmen favourite Danico johnson had already forced a second minute corner, Star broke down the right, played a quick ball into the box where Garfield Robinson reacted for the home side, and fired into the roof of the net from a tight angle with three minutes on the clock. There was another good chance on five minutes when the lively Karine Farrill found himself free slightly to the left of goal, twelve yards out, his air shot let Willenhall off the hook and the ball was cleared. The Reds threatened after eight minutes when Danny Hemmings was found wide right, his clever burst of speed found the space for a cross which was well headed clear by Ruben Wilson. Ben Holden saved well on 12 minutes before Willenhall threatened at the other end sixty seconds later. A quick break found Matt Dorgan and his ball freed Michael Clark on the edge of the box, but he saw two shots blocked before the home side cleared their lines. The Lockmen felt they had a good shout for a penalty refused when a late tackle left Hemmings on the ground but nothing was given. Dorgan was the next to threaten home keeper Rob Dolman, his strike on 18 minutes took a deflection which took the sting out of the shot and the keeper gathered easily. Craig Sudlow then flicked on a long Holden goal-kick on 22 minutes, Clark pounced on the ball but pulled his 20 yard effort wide. Six minutes later it was Matt Dove who latched onto a free-kick into the box on 26 minutes but he too was just off target as he turned and shot in one movement. Both sides were passing the ball around well and it was the home side that were still looking the more dangerous, keeping possession better. On 28 minutes Carlos Thompson was just over with a 25 yard free-kick before a spell of pressure six minutes before the break bought a spell of three corners. Johnson won the first which Holden punched behind for the next. When the cross was fired in after being taken short and quickly, Holden did well to tip over for the next one, which was then cleared. Star thought they had increased their lead on 43 minutes when a free-kick 40 yards out was played quickly through the middle of the field to the edge of the box. Another pass through found Robinson yards off-side, eventually the ‘goal’ was chalked off after the assistant had originally given the decision.


The home side started the better after the break, forcing a corner on 48 minutes which skipper Paul Holden headed well clear. Three minutes later and Dove fired at Dolman after a free-kick from the left flank found him in space in the box. However, Star’s bright start to the second period was rewarded with a second goal on 54 minutes. Johnson latched onto a long ball through the middle, held off two players before cleverly side-stepping Holden and rolling into the open net. The Lockmen were back in contention four minutes later when excellent build up work between Dorgan and Sudlow saw Clark freed on the edge of the box and he confidently beat Dolman to halve the deficit. Star were unlucky on the hour when Franklin Hazel headed a corner wide when he was found unmarked. wtfc vs cont star FA VaseThree minutes later and the game had been turned on it’s head when Graham Ashton fired a free-kick from out on the left to the far post, Sudlow rose majestically and planted an excellent header back across Dolman and into the far top corner of the net. Star threatened again on 67 minutes, from a corner, and again two minutes on from a free-kick, both were cleared comfortably. Willenhall thought that home sub Nuha Jabbi should have been dismissed for a kick on Clark on 75 minutes, the incident taking place as Matt Dorgan was being booked. With twelve minutes left Hemmings drove another corner into the box, Paul Holden rose above two defenders but his header was always going up and over the cross-bar. Muhummad Ndowar then fired just over when well placed on 82 minutes before Clark guided Sudlow’s cross wide at the other end two minutes later. Four minutes from the time and the turnaround was completed when home skipper Hazel chopped Clark down from behind just inside the box and after discussions between the two officials, it was decided it was not a goal scoring opportunity, and a penalty and yellow card were awarded. As the discussions went on, Sudlow kept perfectly calm before finally sending Dolman the wrong way from the spot with two minutes left.sudlow pen vs Cont Star FA Vase Some desperate and brave defending from the visitors denied Star a leveller and extra time twice in six minutes of stoppage time and there were plenty of Willenhall hearts in their mouths until the final whistle finally went, much to the obvious delight of the entire Willenhall delegation.


ATT: tbc



1. Ben Holden,
2. Kingsley Burrows-Fields (off 64min),
3. Paul Holden (capt),
4. Tom Turner (off 83min),
5. Graham Ashton,
6. Matt Dove (off 61min),
7. Danny Hennings,
8. Craig Sudlow,
9. Matt Dorgan,
10. Mikey Clark,
11. Simon Laidley.


12. Tony Clift,
14. Callum Foster (on 83min),
15. Scott Harris,
16. Harry Rickus (on 64min),
17. Damian Charie (on 61min).

By Chris Burton – Match Secretary
Reproduction by prior-consent of The Lockmen Limited t/a Willenhall Town FC only

Continental Star 2 - 3 Willenhall Town

  • Saturday 4 October 2014 @ 3:00 pm
  • FA Vase 
Callum Foster Thomas Turner
Damien Charie Matthew Dove
Harry Rickus Kingsley Burrows-Field
Tony Clift
Scott Harris

Previous meetings

12 Jul 14 3:00 pm Friendly Willenhall Town v Continental Star 2 - 0
04 Oct 14 3:00 pm FA Vase Continental Star v Willenhall Town 2 - 3