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WMRL League Cup Tuesday 14 October @ 7:45 pm

A depleted Willenhall side suffered a beating in the first half but steadied the ship after the break as they crashed out of the League Cup in deepest Shropshire. The Lockmen made the worst possible start, conceding after only 75 seconds, when a quick ball down the right wing saw Sean Jennings force his way onto the end of a low cross to fire home. Jennings was on the end of the next move on three minutes, again he got onto the end of a low cross, only to fire into the side-netting this time. The Lockmen forced a corner on eight minutes, however the set piece taken by Graham Ashton, was headed clear. Four minutes later Steve Nurse forced a second corner-kick when his shot from the edge of the box was blocked for a corner. When Ashton flighted the ball in, Mason Springthorpe in the Rangers goal punched clear as far as Mikey Clark on the edge of the area, the tricky midfielder dribbled from one side of the area to the other before picking out Nurse, his strike was this time somehow palmed over the bar by the keeper from close range. When this corner was played in Springthorpe comfortably caught the ball under no pressure. On 15 minutes Andre Calder did well to get back and block out an effort by Brendan Price at the expense of a corner for the home side. However when the ball was delivered in, Rangers’ skipper Jay Stoker was unmarked and he headed home the second goal. The Lockmen attacked on 21 minutes when Harry Rickus and Kingsley Burrows-Fields exchanged passes as they worked the ball down the right flank. The former’s pass picked out Craig Sudlow, whose 30 yard effort picked up a deflection which re-directed it for a corner. Again Springthorpe dealt comfortably with the ball, catching it underneath his own cross-bar on 22 minutes. A minute later and The Blues had appeared to have settled the tie when they netted a well-worked third goal a minute later. A series of quick short passes eventually led to The Reds’ defence parting, and one last incisive ball found Paddy Townsend to stroke home from close range. Clark forced a fine save from the home custodian on 26 minutes before good work between Clark and Rickus set up a crossing opportunity for the latter two minutes on, but the ball in was too deep. Ellesmere then got their fourth in the 29th minute. Price cut in from the left and fed Matt Ryan who dribbled along the edge of the area towards the right hand side, he exchanged passes and it gave him enough space off his marker to fire home. Nurse hit another effort for The Lockmen from distance after 37 minutes, again the home keeper watched and then pouched the ball safely. Simon Laidley then did well to get his head onto a cross into the back post by Burrows-Fields, his header again found the keeper.


The Lockmen started the second half like the first, by conceding inside a minute and a half. Another ball played into the box found Matt Ryan and he netted easily. It could have been six on 50 minutes had it not been for the reactions of James Fryer in the Willenhall goal. A defender was dispossessed by Ryan fifteen yards from goal and he had a clear opportunity which the Willenhall keeper somehow managed to smother. Springthorpe was called into action as an emergency centre-half as he was forced to head clear as Ashton chased a long ball forward. Rickus then went on a storming run, leaving three men in his wake before he set up Tony Clift on 53 minutes, the striker seeing his shot cleared from the line after his shot had eluded the Blues keeper. Ryan then hit the outside of a post before The Reds made a double substitution on the hour. Matt Dorgan and Scott Harris replaced the duo of Nurse and Clift. The Lockmen won a free-kick on the right hand edge of the box, two yards from the goal-line after another run from Rickus but the set piece was headed clear. Tom Turner then replaced man of the match Rickus on 70 minutes before Ashton went on a lung-bursting box-to-box run, again Springthorpe came racing out and managed to divert the burly centre-half’s shot wide of a post with his hand. Sub Harris fired across the face of goal after a run down the right wing on 78 minutes before Ashton was in action blocking another Rangers effort eight minutes from time. Skipper Paul Holden then fired just off target on 84 minutes in the last moment of danger as Ellesmere had basically smothered any real danger and tried to keep the ball throughout what they would have thought was a comfortable second-half.




1. James Fryer,
2. Andre Calder,
3. Paul Holden (capt),
4. Mikey Clark,
5. Graham Ashton,
6. Harry Rickus (off 70min),
7. Kingsley Burrows-Fields,
8. Craig Sudlow,
9. Tony Clift (off 60min),
10. Steve Nurse (off 60min),
11. Simon Laidley.


12. Matt Dorgan (on 60min),
14. Scott Harris (on 60min),
15. Tom Turner (on 70min).

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

Ellesmere Rangers 5 - 0 Willenhall Town

  • Tuesday 14 October 2014 @ 7:45 pm
  • WMRL League Cup 
Matthew Dorgan Tony Clift
Thomas Turner Harry Rickus
Scott Harris Stephen Nurse

Previous meetings

02 Sep 14 7:45 pm WMRL Premier Willenhall Town v Ellesmere Rangers 1 - 2
14 Oct 14 7:45 pm WMRL League Cup Ellesmere Rangers v Willenhall Town 5 - 0
25 Apr 15 3:00 pm WMRL Premier Ellesmere Rangers v Willenhall Town 2 - 2
19 Sep 15 3:00 pm WMRL Premier Ellesmere Rangers v Willenhall Town 1 - 0
22 Mar 16 7:45 pm WMRL League Cup Ellesmere Rangers v Willenhall Town 4 - 1
30 Mar 16 7:45 pm WMRL Premier Willenhall Town v Ellesmere Rangers 0 - 2
20 Aug 16 3:00 pm WMRL Premier Ellesmere Rangers v Willenhall Town 4 - 2
07 Jan 17 3:00 pm WMRL Premier Willenhall Town v Ellesmere Rangers 2 - 2