When Vardy came to town….. Saturday 29th November 2008
Who remembers the our visitors on that day which included a certain England international, premier league goal machine?
With Jamie Vardy back in the area this Saturday for a pre-season friendly versus Wolverhampton Wanderers we thought, with the help of our very own Match Secretary Chris Burton, remind you of how Shaun Cunningtons Red Army sent Vardy’s Stockbridge Park Steels home with a 2-1 defeat playing on their mind.
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Match Report by Chris Burton.
In extremely foggy conditions, Willenhall recorded another victory to take their tally to ten out of the last twelve points.
In the first minute of the game the home side could have taken the lead. Justin Nisbett’s cross was met by a header from Lee Chilton which went just over the bar. On five minutes a Stocksbridge corner from the right was headed at goal by Brett Lovell but it was straight at keeper Luke Tilt who caught the ball.
The Lockmen had the ball in the back of the net on 11 minutes courtesy of Naveed Arshad, but after consulting with his assistant the referee disallowed the goal for a previous foul. They came close again on 15 minutes when defender Scott Lycett’s long ball upfield was well read by Nebitt who beat his man to the ball before shooting just over from 20 yards. Steels almost capitalised on a mistake at the back when Lucan Spittle slipped over in possession, but Carl Fothergill’s low cross was well blocked by Lycett.
On the half hour Willenhall took the lead when a freekick level with the penalty area on the right touchline was awarded. Chilton’s curling cross into the box missed everyone on its way through a crowd of players and bounced beyond keeper Ben Scott to give Willenhall the lead. The visitors had a couple of opportunities before half-time, firstly when Andy Ring’s bicycle kick was just wide of the post before a minute later Jamie Vardy shot wide of the target when unmarked at the back post.
HT: WILLENHALL TOWN 1-0 STOCKSBRIDGE PARK STEELS
On 50 minutes the home side threatened when Nisbett’s flick on found Arshad, who shot first time, his effort was easily caught by Scott. A minute later a through ball found Nisbett clean through but he blazed a shot over from a good position.
Only an excellent stop by Tilt prevented the visitors levelling on 57 minutes. A long ball over the top was well controlled by Vardy, but his shot was cleared by the legs of the Red’s keeper.
Just after the hour mark a cross from the left found Chris Sterling in acres of space, his effort was tipped out for a corner by the diving Scott. The resulting corner found the same player but the keeper easily caught the ball.
On 64 minutes Steels thought they had leveled but Spittle was on hand to hack the ball off the line following a header at goal. Two minutes later and Nisbett was set clean through again, and as he tried to round the keeper Scott did brilliantly to get a touch to the ball and divert Nisbett too wide to capitalise.
On 72 minutes the visitors equalised when the ball was half cleared to Steve Wilkinson who blasted a 25 yarder back past the despairing dive of Tilt and into the bottom corner. They could have grabbed the lead with ten minutes remaining but a cross from the left narrowly evaded several Steels players as they raced into the box.
However, they were made to rue this miss when The lockmen grabbed a winner on 84 minutes. The ball broke free from midfield and Chilton clipped a low 25 yard drive which slipped through the grasp of the despairing Scott and rolled into the net.
FT: WILLENHALL TOWN 2-1 STOCKSBRIDGE PARK STEELS
LUKE TILT, GARETH DAVIES, BRENDAN KELLY, SCOTT LYCETT, LUCAN SPITTLE, SHAUN FINDLAY, CHRIS STERLING, GAVIN SAUNDERS, (ED RYAN), NAVEED ARSHAD (TANGENI NGHISHIDIMBWA), JUSTIN NISBETT, LEE CHILTON.