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2017/18 Match Reports By Chris Burton

Every Match report for the whole of our 2017/18 WMRL Division One season can be found below. Reported as always by club legend Chris Burton.

 

WILLENHALL TOWN 0-5 ALLSCOTT

1. Declan Haire,

2. Ross Fox,

3. Jack Smith,

4. Ryan Hughes,

5. Jerome Mason,

6. Connor Clifton,

7. Richard Wharton,

8. Ryan Downing,

9. Ryan O’Brien (off 71min),

10. Steve Durnin (off 74min),

11. Jake Morgan (c) (off 86min).

Subs

12. Jamal Jakeman (on 71min),

14. Ryan Dillon (on 74min),

15. Yusuf Esmail,

16. Ben Brazier (GK),

17. Ashley Challender-Campbell (on 86min).

Possibly the youngest Willenhall Town side in history were punished for individual errors in a game that didn’t reflect the scoreline. The Lockmen saw returning striker Jake Morgan’s third minute header cleared off the line from a free kick before the visitors attacked on eight minutes with a free-kick thirty yards out. Jay Evans’ attempt was headed behind for a corner. Ryan Downing saw a tenth minute effort test the keeper. Allscott broke sixty seconds later only to see a goalbound effort touched wide for another unproductive corner . Christian Wilkinson then fired at Lockmen keeper Declan Haire. There were a couple of dangerous crosses taken by the Allscott keeper before the visitors broke quickly on 24 minutes and Jon Scragg was on hand to finish. Jack Smith flicked a header wide on the half hour before Allscott doubled their lead when Jorge Gomes the Allscott skipper powered a header home after muscling through the defence at a corner. The third goal followed a minute later when a defender was turned too easily by Ben Parker and he sped goalwards before sliding the ball home. Allscott smelt blood and young keeper Declan Haire made three fine saves to prevent further score.

HT WILLENHALL TOWN 0-3 ALLSCOTT

The Lockmen came out rejuvenated and put Allscott under all sorts of pressure. Ryan O’Brien started by swinging in two dangerous crosses which Dan Pilkington in the Allscott goal caught under little pressure. Richard Wharton then drove the home side forwardon 55 minutes before feeding O’Brien for another cross into the box, again Pilkington was able to pluck the ball out of the air with no pressure. On 75 minutes any hopes of a fightback dissappared when a strong direct run into the box saw no Willenhall attempt at a tackle and some fancy footwork allowed a low cross from a tight position which set up Christian Wilkinson with a tap in. Two minutes later Ryan Hughes netted a spectacular own goal when trying to deal with clearing a dangerous cross in the six yard box. The visitors won a corner on 78 minutes but this was cleared. Downing put an86th minute free-kick wide before sending in a high cross from the right which was retrieved by sub Jamal Jakeman, the little striker created space but pulled his effort just off target.

FT WILLENHALL TOWN 0-5 ALLSCOTT

WILLENHALL TOWN BOOKING

JEROME MASON

WILLENHALL TOWN MoM

DECLAN HAIRE

BUSTLEHOLME 11-0 WILLENHALL TOWN

1. Declan Haire,

2. Jack Smith,

3. Suki Sarai,

4. Ryan Hughes,

5. Connor Clifton

6. Ben Duckett (off 68min),

7. Ryan O’Brien (off 58min),

8. Steve Durnin,

9. Luke Hayward (off 58min),

10. Jake Morgan (c),

11. Ryan Downing.

Subs

12. Ryan Dillon (on 58min),

14. Geovanne Shaw (on 58min),

15. Jamal Jakeman (on 68min),

16. Ashley Challender-Campbell,

17. Ben Brazier GK

On a black day for Willenhall they suffered a double figures drubbing, not helped by the first minute dismissal of Connor Clifton. A break inside the first minye saw Bustleholme slam an effort against the post, the second effort was blocked by Clifton but as he fell clearing the ball a third effort was hit against his hand and the young centre-half conceded the spot-kick and was dismissed for deliberate hand ball despite players from both sides urging the official not to. Daniel Wood firing home. Nathan Turner was denied on ten minutes by Declan Haire in the Town goal but Daniel Wood headed home the corner on 12 minutes. A third followed a minute later as a ball was chipped in behind the defence and the shot was buried by Leon Brown. Steve Durnin then saw his free-kick on 19 minutes headed clear before haire made another clever block at the expense of another corner six minutes later. Lockmen skipper Jake Morgan mistimed a challenge on 31 minutes and Chris Brown netted the penalty. Willenhall were desperately trying to score but from their free-kick on 37 minutes the home team broke and won a corner, Chris Brown heading home unmarked for the fifth goal. Four minutes before the break and a poor back-pass saw Chris Brown in again to hammer into the roof of the net for his hat-trick.

HT BUSTLEHOLME 6-0 WILLENHALL TOWN

The Lockmen attacked first at the start of the second-half, but within a minute a shot Chris Brown from the edge of the box saw Haire react too late to get to. A minute later and it was 8-0 as Michael Miller netted when left unmarked. Luke Hayward put two dangerous crosses in as The Lockmen tried to get back into the game but the keeper caught both attempts. Jake Morgan then forced a first save from Neil Oakley after another hayward cross on 54 minutes. he made another stop sixty seconds later as Willenhall went for all out attack. The keeper then took two attempts to grasp Morgan’s header on 59 minutes. Oakley then made a double save on the hour mark. Haire then made two fine saves in two minutes, both resulting in corners. Miller then made it 9-0 on 72 minutes when a ball looked to be comfortably reaching Haire, but he nipped in smartly to somehow poke home. Chris Brown then go his fifth and Bustleholme’s tenth on 75 minutes. Willenhall sun Geovanne Shaw then forced a block from Oakley before denying him a debut goal with a superb tip over on 88 minutes. However, it was Beckham Brazier who got the final goal on 90 minutes.

FT BUSTLEHOLME 11-0 WILLENHALL TOWN

WILLENHALL TOWN CAUTION

JAMAL JAKEMAN 82

WILLENHALL TOWN DISMISSAL

CONNOR CLIFTON 2

WILLENHALL TOWN MoM

DECLAN HAIRE

DARLASTON TOWN (1874) 4-4 WILLENHALL TOWN

1. DECLAN HAIRE,

2. DOM WILLS (off ht),

3. SUKI SARAI (off 9min),

4. RYAN HUGHES,

5. JEROME MASON,

6. RICHARD WHARTON,

7. GEOVANNIE SHAW,

8. RYAN DOWNING (CAPT),

9. REECE MANN,

10. JAKE SHARMAN,

11. LUKE HAYWARD

Subs

12. JAMAL JAKEMAN (on 9min) (off 90+1min),

14. ASHLEY CHALLENDER-CAMPBELL (on ht),

15. ROSS FOX (on 90+1min)

16. RYAN O’BRIEN,

17. JOE BALL (GK).

The Lockmen twice came from behind to claim a deserved first point of the season against their Black Country neighbours Darlaston Town (1874), but they had to fight adversity all the way. With three players sitting on the bench with a variety of injuries, Jamal Jakeman, Ashley Challender-Campbell and Ross Fox were forced onto the pitch and each one grabbed a deserved goal. Reece Mann tried his luck from range in the first two minutes, both efforts causing problems The Lockmen were up against it from the start when the referee refused to stop play on five minutes for a serious looking injury to Suki Sarai, Darlo played on until a penalty was awarded for a foul. With treatment lasting five minutes before before he was helped off, Ant Follows was nerveless still to fire home. Darlo had a corner on 13 minutes but Ryan Hughes cleared the danger. Reece Mann had two long range shots force danger on the quarter-hour before The home side broke on 18 minutes and a cross-shot rebounded back off the bar. The home side forced a corner sixty seconds later which was cleared before a shot on 28 minutes was hit at Declan haire. The Reds won a corner on 31 minutes before Geovannie Shaw saw an effort cleared off the line.Jerome Mason then headed a corner at Darlo keeper Neil Oakley shortly afterwards. The goal that The Lockmen had been threatening finally arrived. Jamal Jakeman chased a long ball with home skipper Ryan McAllister and he forced a headed own goal on 32 minutes. Luke Hayward then headed a Blues header off the line on 39 minutes before Hayden Hughes headed home a right wing cross on 42 minutes. The hosts extended the lead two minutes into stoppage-time when Hughes headed home from on the line after The Lockmen had failed to clear a corner from close range.

HT DARLASTON TOWN 1874 3-1 WILLENHALL TOWN

The Lockmen made a bright start after the break with Shaw forcing a corner when his shot was blocked.Ten minutes after the restart Jakeman went on a barn-storming run, skinning three defenders before hammering across the keeper and into the far corner from the tightest of angles. In the aftermath Darlo’s Lucas Hough was given a straight red after a skirmish after The Lockmen attempted to retrieve the ball. Five minutes later, Ashley Challender-Campbell picked the ball up on the edge of the box and fired a first time effort that swerved away from the keeper and into the corner of the goal. Sixty seconds later and The Lockmen could have taken the lead when skipper Ryan Downing saw his shot well saved. Both sides then went hell for leather for another goal, The Blues not playing like a side with a man short and on 71 minutes, Hughes wrestled Jerome Mason to the floor, charged goalwards before rounding the keeper and rolling home a hat-trick goal. Jakeman twice and Mann went close before a superb cross three minutes into stopage-time saw third sub Ross Fox bury from ten yards out.

FT DARLASTON TOWN 1874 4-4 WILLENHALL TOWN

WILLENHALL TOWN GOALSCORERS

RYAN McALLISTER (OG) 32

JAMAL JAKEMAN 55

ASHLEY CHALLENDER-CAMPBELL 60

ROSS FOX 90+3

WILLENHALL TOWN MoM

RICHARD WHARTON

WILLENHALL TOWN 1-3 GORNAL ATHLETIC

1. DECLAN HAIRE,

2. RICHARD WHARTON,

3. LUKE HAYWARD,

4. RYAN HUGHES,

5. BEN JOBBORN (off 64min),

6. BEN MANLEY,

7. RYAN DILLON,

8. RYAN DOWNING (c),

9. ASHLEY CHALLENDER-CAMPBELL (off ht),

10. JAKE SHARMAN,

11. GEOVANNIE SHAW.

Subs

12. ROSS FOX (on ht),

14. DAN HARTLAND (on 64min),

15. dOMINIC WELLS,

16. YUSUF ESMAIL,

17. BEN BRAZIER (GK).

The Lockmen lost their heads somewhat as inept officials riled them when they really should have concentrated on their own games. A quiet opening burst into life when The Peacocks burst down the right and when the cross came over, Liam Hickman netted. The visitors then saw an effort hit the bar on eight minutes before Declan Haire did well to touch a low 14th minute free-kick around the post. The lockmen forced a corner on 18 minutes which came to nothing bfore a 20th minute free-kick from Jake Sharman finally tested the hands of Gornal keeper Steve Cartwright. The visitors had a very hopeful handball shout for a penalty on 22 minutes which brought another flag-kick. Gornal then saw a bobbling shot hit a post on 28 minutes. Two more corners followed on 36 minutes but were dealt with before The Peacocks stretched their lead three minutes into stoppage-time when Declan haire let a shot slip from his grasp and the follow-up was touched home by Hickman.

HT WILLENHALL TOWN 0-2 GORNAL ATHLETIC

The visitors started where they left off when a cross-shot bounced off the bar on 49 minutes before two shots were blocked in a goalmouth scramble on 52 minutes, from which a wasted corner was the only reward as Tom Beech headed wide. Two minutes later and the visitors exploded into life when awarded a penalty for a tackle from behind, skiper Ryan Downing saw his fierce penalty brilliantly saved, but Jake Sharman lashed home the rebound via the underside of the bar. Gornal won a corner on 57 minutes before stretching their lead two minutes later when Hickman finished unmarked at the far post after a break down the right saw the ball crossed to the far post. Matt Foster almost converted on 61 minutes after he nearly got on the end of a ball in from the left. Sixty seconds later and the slope of the pitch probably cost The Lockmen a goal. Ryan Dillon stormed down the right and poked the ball beyond the goalkeeper but the ball was cleared as it trickled uphill towards goal. From the ensuing scramble both Geovannie Shaw and Dillon saw shots scrambled clear. Any chance of winning were eextinguished for The Lockmen when the referee gave yet another poor decision against them and three times Ryan Hughes asked what the decision was for. The oficial refused to answer before brandishing a yellow card before quickly awarding a second card for a comment made. The bench erupted and in the ensuing disagreement, half-time sub Ashley Challender-Campbell was dismissed from the bench when he reacted badly to an inappropriate comment from one of the assistants. The Lockmen calmed down and Gornal saw the game out, though they were suddenly upset by a string of decisions that were going against them, the majority as mystifying as those that had gone before them.

FT WILLENHALL TOWN 1-3 GORNAL ATHLETIC

WILLENHALL TOWN GOALSCORERS

JAKE SHARMAN 54min

WILLENHALL TOWN CAUTIONS

RYAN DOWNING 38min

ASHLEY CHALLENDER-CAMPBELL 45min 70min

GEOVANNIE SHAW 63min

RYAN HUGHES 67min +67min

WILLENHALL TOWN DISMISSALS

RYAN HUGHES 67min (2 YELLOW CARDS)

ASHLEY CHALLENDER-CAMPBELL 70min (2 YELLOW CARDS)

WILLENHALL TOWN MoM

RICHARD WHARTON

WOLVERHAMPTON UNITED 2-2 WILLENHALL TOWN FRIENDLY

DECLAN HAIRE,

DOMINIC WELLS (off 63min),

RYAN HUGHES,

CONNOR CLIFTON,

BEN MANLEY (off 58min) (on 63min),

RICHARD WHARTON,

DILPREET SINGH,

YUSUF ESMAIL (off 28min),

RYAN DILLON,

JAKE SHARMAN (off 71min),

ROB O’BRIEN (off 59min) (on 71min).

SUBS

Corey Ensor (on 58min),

Carl Gwynee (on 59min),

Jamal Jakeman (on 28min) (off 59min),

Jake Morgan (on 59min).

A hastily arranged friendly gave The Lockmen a good work-out. With former favourite Danny Carter joint manager and Tony Russon, Jamal Pinnock and Clayton Peddie from last season’s Lockmen side, it was always going to be a little bit more than a training session. Yusus Esmail saw two efforts in the fifth and sixth minute blocked with Jake Sharman firing wide from the rebound of the second effort. Dom Wills then headed a dangerous cross clear before the home side almost scored from a long throw in which was flicked on, the danger again being cleared. The Lockmen were not so lucky on 16 minutes when a clever through ball split the defence and the chance was buried. Five minutes later and Shaeman went on a fine run before seeing his effort blocked before Rob O’Brien fired over from the rebound. On 24 minutes another Sharman run saw the ball switched out wide to Dilpreet Singh and his clever cross-shot was held by the keeper at full stretch. A minute later and Singh went clean through towards goal only to see Tony Russon catch him and tackle him at te last second. Singh fired inches wide on 26 minutes before The Lockmen levelled. A brilliant ball by Ryan Hughes from right to left saw the veteran Leon Pugh fail to cut out and Rob O’Brien brilliantly cut in from the right wing to hammer a shot across the keeper and in. Three minutes later a Ben Manley ball set up Singh and he netted easily. However, sixty seconds later and United were level when ex Red Jamal Pinnock was found on the left wing and he cut in before cleverly lobbing over a stranded Declan haire. A minute later Singh touched in a goalbound shot but was given offside when no touch would have seen a goal awarded. Singh then produced an outageous lob on 36 minutes which dropped onto the top of the bar from distance out wide on the right. Ryan Dillon then produced a sublime flick over the head of the marking Pugh, ran round him and crossed perfectly for O’Brien, however, the keeper produced a brilliant save to flick the ball over the bar.

HT WOLVERHAMPTON UNITED 2-2 WILLENHALL TOWN

The Lockmen produced three early corners to no avail before a much changed United saw a ‘goal’ chalked off for a blatant off-side on 59 minutes. Geovannie Shaw had two fine shots well saved before The Wolves keeper did brilliantly to pluck an O’Brien free-kick out of the top corner on 85 minutes.

FT WOLVERHAMPTON UNITED 2-2 WILLENHALL TOWN

WILLENHALL TOWN 2-9 NEWPORT TOWN

1. DECLAN HAIRE,

2. RICHARD WHARTON,

3. ROSS FOX,

4. RYAN DOWNING (capt),

5. JEROME MASON,

6. CONNOR CLIFTON,

7. RYAN DILLON (off 79min),

8. COREY ENSOR,

9. JAMAL JAKEMAN (off 67min),

10. JAKE SHARMAN,

11. RYAN O’BRIEN (off 54min).

Subs

12. REECE MANN (on 54min),

14. GEOVANNIE SHAW,

15. DOMINIC WELLS (on79min),

16. BEN DUTTON (on 69min),

17. BEN BRAZIER (GK).

A string of basic mistakes in the second-half saw The Lockmen punished heavily. A quick break on seventy seconds saw Jordan Turton race through and net. However, within thirty seconds The Lockmen had levelled when almost from kick-off Jake Sharman hit a perfect diagonal ball out to Ryan Dillon and he flashed an effort across the keeper and in. Rob O’Brien went close on four minutes before Sharman and Dillon combined again but the latter saw his cross cleared. The home side had a sixth minute corner cleared before Jamal Jakeman was played goalwards on eight minutes but he was robbed of possession as he shaped to shoot. The visitors almost converted a corner from their left on 13 minutes but the ball evaded an onrushing player. Corey Ensor, returning to the club after four seasons hit a fierce 30 yard free-kick on 16 minutes which deflected for a corner. Declan Haire was quickly off his line to grab the ball ahead of an attacker before The Lockmen survived a penalty shout. However, on 21 minutes a tackle from Jerome Mason saw a Newport player fall over theatrically and Jamie Russell sent Haire the wrong way from the spot. Rob O’Brien was robbed in the act of shooting on 29 minutes and Newport sprung quickly, helped by the lack of a flag Rob Millington was allowed to race clear but shoot wide. With both sides swapping corners and free-kicks it was 36 minutes before Newport extended their lead. Another sharp break saw Liam Bould score.

HT WILLENHALL TOWN 1-3 NEWPORT TOWN

Newport saw a corner headed home on 46 minutes to make it 4-1 before jake Sharman reduced the arrears on 48 minutes when a Lockmen free-kick was headed on to mason, he stabbed goalwards and Sharman supplied the final touch. Newport won a corner on 21 which was headed behind and the next one was scrambled clear. However, on 53 minutes The Lockmen couldn’t handle a quick break by Turton and this time Bould supplied the final touch. Ensor went close on 54 minutes, picking up a quick throw in before curling a beauty inches wide. Dillon won a corner on 63 minutes but jakeman’s effort was at the keeper. On 70 minutes the game was over for The Lockmen when a free-kick in from the right was flicked on and a follow up header looped over Haire. A quick break through the middle on 77 minutes saw Newport sub Steve Handley supply the final shot for 7-2. Five minutes later the visitors pased their way through the defence and Makhan Rai finished emphatically. On 86 minute an unmarked Rob Millington headed home the ninth and final goal after the home defence couldn’t cope with the speed of the attack.

FT WILLENHALL TOWN 2-9 NEWPORT TOWN

WILLENHALL TOWN SCORERS

RYAN DILLON 2min,

JAKE SHARMAN 48min.

WILLENHALL TOWN CAUTIONS

RICHARD WHARTON 72 min,

JEROME MASON 74min

WILLENHALL TOWN MoM

CORY ENSOR

WEM TOWN 3-0 WILLENHALL TOWN

1. Ben Brazier,

2. Dan Hartland (off 81min),

3. Ross Fox,

4. Richard Wharton (c),

5. Ben Jobborn,

6. Nathan Ensor,

7. Jamal Jakeman (off 53min),

8. Cory Ensor,

9. Ryan O’Brien,

10. Reece Mann,

11. Geovannie Shaw.

Subs

12. Carl Guinn (on 53min),

14. Dominik Wills,

15. Connor Clifton (on 81min),

17. Joe Ball (GK).

The Lockmen put in a vastly improved performance but still went down to defeat in Shropshire. The visitors showed first through a Ryan O’Brien run and cross on two minutes, however it was scrambled clear. Ben Brazier pulled off the first of several fine saves on four minutes when he pushed home skipper Callum Briscoe’s effort behind for a corner. However, this was wasted as the ball drifted behind. A poor kick by The Lockmen’s stopper almost produced the opening goal for Wem, fortunately, he did well to block from Adam Wells’ effort. His next involvement was routine as he caught a cross from Briscoe comfortably a minute later. With thirteen minutes played, The Lockmen had a justifiable shout for a penalty but only a corner was awarded. Reece Mann took but it was caught by Dean Worthington. Jones then broke from the kick and managed to poke an effort goalwards under pressure, again, Brazier got enough on the ball to deflect it behind. Mann then had The Lockmen’s first serious effort on 22 minutes when he let fly from thirty yards but it was a yard off target. The home side broke the deadlock a minute later when a missed through ball let Paddy Townsend in on goal and he made no mistake. Willenhall tried to get back into the game when Jamal Jakeman saw his fierce effort blocked before he tore down the wing, skinning the full-back, only to lose the ball as he attempted to cross. Geovannie Shaw then fired high and wide as the visitors tried to level matters on 29 minutes. Cory Ensor then saw his effort blocked and Mann fired over just before the break as the visitors had their best spell. The home side hit the outside of a post a minute later from a fierce effort from a corner

HT WEM TOWN 1-0 WILLENHALL TOWN

The Lockmen needed a good start to the second-half, instead they found themselves two down inside two minutes to a wonder strike when a 25 yarder from Chris Peel flew into the very top left hand of the goal. The Lockmen had a free-kick on 52 minutes which was cleared before Josh Gamble was played clean through for the home side, but the chance was lost when he elected to pass. Mann saw a cross-shot plucked out of the air on 62 minutes before Brazier took a routine free-kick low down six minutes later. Wem won a corner on 71 minutes when another effort was deflected behind before Brazier made a fine save on 75 minutes. Wem then won a corner a minute later which saw Cory Ensor head a cross shot off the line. With eleven minutes left, Brazier made another great save to deny Peel, a move he repeated shortly after. However, it was 3-0 from the corner when an unmarked Michael Owen headed home. However, with sixty seconds left, Brazier again denied the home team a goal with one last super save.

FT WEM TOWN 3-0 WILLENHALL TOWN

WILLENHALL TOWN CAUTIONS

CORY ENSOR 69 min,

WILLENHALL TOWN MoM

BEN BRAZIER

WILLENHALL TOWN 0-3 ST MARTINS

1. Declan Haire,
2. Ryan Hughes (off 66min),
3. Ross Fox (off 72min),
4. Cory Ensor,
5. Dan Hartland,
6. Nathan Ensor (c),
7. Ryan Dillon,
8. Jake Sharman,
9. Geovannie Shaw,
10. Ryan O’Brien (off 58min),
11. Reece Mann.

subs

12. Jake Morgan (on 58min),
14. Ryan Downing,
15. Richard Wharton (on 66min),
16. Jamal Jakeman (on 72min),
17. Carl Guinn.
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The Lockmen slumped to a disappointing defeat despite dominating this game for long periods. The visitors were first to threaten with Declan Haire making a good save on two minutes, but it soon became one way towards the other goal as Jake Sharman threatened with a dangerous run and cross a minute later. Cory Ensor fired inches over on four minutes after a fine run through the middle of the visiting defence. More good work from Sharman after seven minutes saw Geovannie Shaw head inches wide, The lockmen then easily dealt with a visiting free-kick a minute later before good work from Cory Ensor and Shaw forced a corner on ten minutes. Callum Bennett was then booked on unlucky 13 minutes when he lunged in on Ryan Dillon. Reece Mann took the free-kick deep and Dillon set up Nathan Ensor who fired fired just over. Mann then fired over from thirty yards brilliantly with Cory Ensor. The visitors however, scored out of the blue when Dave Hartshorne chased a long ball, sat his marker on his behind and scored from the narrowest of angles on 22 minutes. Two minutes later he doubled his and St Martin’s tally when he sent haire the wrong way from the spot after a tackle from behind was punished. The teams then exchanged corners on 29 minutes, Dillon clearing St Martin’s effort from the danger area. The visitors turned the screw and a scramble saw two shots blocked before a series of three corners ensued from their play. Shaw and Mann both went close from distance on 32 and 34 minutes before Shaun Melusi went on a rampaging run only to be robbed as he shaped to shoot from inside the six yard box on 37 minutes. Two minutes later Ross Fox produced a fine run and cross which was headed behind. Dillon’s corner was well delivered and found the head of Nathan Ensor, who couldn’t keep his attempt down.

HT WILLENHALL TOWN 0-2 ST MARTINS

Ryan O’Brien was inches wide 15 seconds after the break as The Lockmen continued to attack and Ryan Dillon headed into the side-netting from a fine delivery from Mann as The Reds continued to press. The visitors wasted a corner and a free-kick in a rare foray forward. However, Shaw and Mann both went close again as The Lockmen continued to press. The Lockmen should have had a penalty after a handball but nothing was given. However on 65 minutes it was 3-0 as Hartshorne completed his hat-trick, pouncing when the Willenhall defence failed to deal with a long ball. Willenhall then had a corner cleared off the line before keeper George Austin kicked clear. The visitors seemed happy to contain their hosts after this and The Reds huffed and puffed, Another penalty was waved away before Mann fired over after a good ball into space from Fox. Jamal Jakeman then missed from close range as Austin dropped a routine cross. Shaw saw his effort blocked on 74 minutes and sub Jake Morgan fired just over four minutes later while the visitors looked dangerous on the break as the game wound down.

The Lockmen slumped to a dissappointing defeat despite dominating this game for long periods. The visitors were first to threaten with Declan Haire making a good save on two minutes, but it soon became one way towards the other goal as Cory Ensor fired inches over , Geovannie Shaw saw a header inches wide, Nathan Ensor fired just over and Reece Mann did likewise from thirty yards. The visitors however, scored out of the blue when Dave Hartshorne chased a long ball, sat his marker on his behind and scored from the narrowest of angles on 22 minutes. Two minutes later he doubled his and St Martin’s tally when he sent haire the wrong way from the spot after a tackle from behind was punished. Shaw and Mann both went close from distance before Shaun Melusi went on a rampaging run only to be robbed as he shaped to shoot from inside the six yard box.

Ryan O’Brien was inches wide 15 seconds after the break as The Lockmen continued to attack and Ryan Dillon headed into the side-netting as The Reds continued to press. Shaw and Mann both went close again before The Lockmen should have had a penalty after a handball but nothing was given. However on 65 minutes it was 3-0 as Hartshorne completed his hat-trick, pouncing when the Willenhall defence failed to deal with a long ball. The visitors seemed happy to contain theirhosts after this and The reds huffed and puffed, Shaw and sub Jake Morgan both going close but the visitors looked dangerous on the break as the game wound down.

FT WILLENHALL TOWN 0-3 ST MARTINS

WILLENHALL TOWN CAUTIONS
RYAN DILLON 54.

WTFC MoM
CORY ENSOR

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TEAM DUDLEY 7-1 WILLENHALL TOWN

1. Connor James,

2. Dominik Wills (off 75min),

3. Ross Fox (off 50min),

4. Richard Wharton,

5. Simon Laidley,

6. Nathan Ensor,

7. Dilpreet Singh (off 52min),

8. Jake Sharman,

9. Ryan O’Brien,

10. Jake Morgan (c),

11. Ryan Dillon.

Subs

12. Connor Clifton (50min),

14. Ben Dutton,

15. Jamal Jakeman (75min),

16. Ashley Challender-Campbell (on 52min),

17. Joe Ball (GK).

The harshest of scorelines didn’t reflect The Lockmen’s part in this game as they dominated the opening fifteen minutes of each half yet still went down to this heavy defeat. Jake Morgan was crowded out on eight minutes before Ryan Dillon flashed inches wide from 25 yards on 14 minutes before a dangerous free-kick into the home box was cleared on 16 minutes. However, sixty seconds later a clearly offside Craig Edmunds headed home unmarked after a cross in from the right. Two minutes later a cross swung out of play, Edmunds headed back across goal and though debut keeper Connor James kept out the first effort from point blank range, Bradley Cox netted the loose ball. On 28 minutes The Reds should have had a penalty but instead of a spotkick after home keeper Josh Rogers brought Jake Sharman down they broke and instead Chris Knight made it 3-0 as the home team broke and he stepped inside his marker before curling a good effort around the keeper. Morgan was denied again for The Lockmen on 33 minutes before Cox missed an open goal from a yard out for Team Dudley.

HT TEAM DUDLEY 3-0 WILLENHALL TOWN

Ryan O’Brien forced the first save of the second half for Willenhall which the keeper gathered at the second attempt before James made a superb save to deny a dipping curling effort from Cox. With twenty minutes left the home keeper spilt a Sharman free-kick and The Lockmen looked to be back in the game when the same player rifled home a loose ball two minutes later after a half clearance. However, this brief hope of a fightback was extinguished when the official ignored a blatant push on sub Connor Clifton in the penalty box but seconds later saw a penalty after the same player appeared to win a tackle in the box. Knight slotted home the spot-kick. Former Lockman Jack Stafford then hit the inside of the post with his first touch on 82 minutes before Knight headed home a cross a minute later. James made a couple of fine late saves before Sharman and Dillon both went close at the other end. Stafford netted a minute into stoppage time when a quickly taken throw-in, wrongly awarded to Dudley was worked quicklty to the opposite side of the pitch and he was able to fire home before he hit an absolute scresamer two minutes later, controlling a long ball right to left before he cut back inside and bent a curling effort right into the far top corner.

FT TEAM DUDLEY 7-1 WILLENHALL TOWN

WILLENHALL TOWN SCORER

JAKE SHARMAN 72

WILLENHALL TOWN CAUTION

RYAN O’BRIEN 90+4

WILLENHALL TOWN MoM

JAKE SHARMAN

WREN’S NEST 4-0 WILLENHALL TOWN

1. Ryan O’Brien,

2. Ryan Hughes,

3. Tom Pemberton,

4. Cory Ensor (off 72min),

5. Simon Laidley,

6. Ben Jobborn (off 59min),

7. Ryan Dillon,

8. Richard Wharton,

9. Jake Morgan (c),

10. Jake Sharman,

11. Jamal Jakeman (off 82min).

Subs

12. Connor Clifton (on 82min),

14. Dilpreet Singh (on 72min),

15. Carl Guinn (on 59min),

16. Ashley Challender-Campbell,

17. Dominik Willis.

The Lockmen slipped to bottom place as their depleted squad was no match for previous encumbents Wren’s Nest in what would prove to be Joe Ball’s final game in charge. With no available keeper, Rob O’Brien volunteered his services and proved quite capable apart from one glaring mistake. The homesters attacked from the start and won a first minute corner only to see Chris Pike fire wide. On seven minutes it was Pike who broke the deadlock when he headed home a left wing cross, O’Brien failing to get a hand on the ball although it appeared to be at him. The Lockmen threatened on 11 minutes when a clever break set up Jake Morgan. Unfortunately, the Willenhall skipper was dispossessed as he shaped to shoot. Jake Sheward was high and wide a minute later for Wren’s. The visitors then won a corner after Tom Pemberton set up Jamal Jakeman, the little winger saw his shot deflected wide. The hosts had a corner of their own on 19 minutes but pemberton did well to harrass, win and then break with the ball. O’Brien was forced to charge out of goal on 25 minutes and it was enough to ensure that Pike lobbed carelessly wide when clean through. Pike was then high and wide on 35 minutes before Wren’s doubled their lead two minutes later. A clever ball through the defence left Josh Taylor in the clear and he rounded O’Brien before rolling home. The Lockmen threatened on 39 minutes with a corner which was scrambled clear and then through a Jake Sharman free-kick three minutes before the break, Cory Ensor heading ust over. Jakeman then won a flag-kick which was cleared before Morgan flashed an effort over on 43 minutes as The Reds attempted to cut the deficit before the break.

HT WREN’S NEST 2-0 WILLENHALL TOWN

O’Brien was certainly onhis game after the break with two quick dashes off his line to grab the ball under presure from the home strikeforce. On 53 minutes he then ptoduced a fine save to claw the ball around the post at the expense of a corner. Willenhall sub Carl Guinn then hit a fierce shot just wide on 62 minutes before Jakeman charged forward four minutes later before setting up Morgan who was unlucky when his effort was blocked and deflected back to the keeper. Guinn was proving a real handful for the hosts and his clever play won a corner on 71 minutes. After the dead ball in was half cleared, the same player sent an effort fizzing just over. It was game over on 76 minutes however when a long ball forward saw O’Brien reach comfortably, only to see his fierce clearance smack against the head of the onrushing Pike and ricochet back into the net. With seven minutes left it was 4-0 when another long ball forward allowed Taylor to easily net. The lockmen never gave up and Ryan Dillon was denied by a goal-line clearance on 87 minutes. From the resultant corner Sharman then rattled the bar before Morgan was denied on 90 minutes by a good save.

FT WREN’S NEST 4-0 WILLENHALL TOWN

WILLENHALL TOWN CAUTION

CORY ENSOR 69

WILLENHALL TOWN MoM

ROB GUINN

WILLENHALL TOWN 0-3 TIPTON TOWN

1. Chris Adamson,

2. Richard Heeks,

3. Ross Fox,

4. Cory Ensor (off 77min),

5. Simon Laidley (c),

6. Richard Wharton,

7. Shaun Thomas,

8. Jake Sharman (off 68min),

9. Ryan O’Brien,

10. James Ough (off ht),

11. Geovannie Shaw.

Subs

12. Josh Esson (on 68min),

14. Connor Clifton,

15. Luke Green (on ht),

16. Dominik Wills (on 77min),

17. Jamal Jakeman.

After the decision to replace manager Joe Ball on Thursday, new manager Mark Cox gave six debuts after a dozen late signings.. The Lockmen were first out of the blocks with Geovannie Shaw firing a low effort in that was blocked. The visitors scored with their first threat when a free-kick on nine minutes wasn’t dealt with, allowing Ross Hall to fire home after he pounced on a blocked shot. Richard Wharton, straight from the kick-off stung the hands of Josh Moreman before Sharman threatened on a determined run and cross. James Ough flicked a header goalwards which was headed over for a Willenhall corner on 19 minutes and from the half cleared corner Sharman crossed low only for Ough to fire wide. Sharman fired just over soon after before the visitors doubled theirlead on the half hour. A corner was taken short and whipped in, somehow it found its way into the far corner of the net. Ryan O’Brien lashed a good chance wide on 38 minutes before another Lockmen free-kick was fired at the keeper.

Willenhall started the brighter after the break with O’Brien testing the Tipton keeper on 50 minutes. However, the visitors sprang again on 56 minutes when Ezekiel Aguemangwas was left unmarked and he curled into the corner after a quick counter. Cory Ember was just wide from an effort for the hosts before Luke Green curled over after a great run and pass from Ross Fox. Ebeneezer Marango forced a brilliant save from Ex Albion keeper Chris Adamson on 66 minutes, flying across goal to turn a fierce effort arond the post. The visitors had some gppd pressure towards the end, but it was continually undone either by a loose ball or the assistant’s flag.

After the decision to replace manager Joe Ball on Thursday, new manager Mark Cox gave six debuts after a dozen late signings.. The Lockmen were first out of the blocks with Geovannie Shaw firing a low effort in that was blocked. The visitors scored with their first threat when a free-kick on nine minutes wasn’t dealt with, allowing Ross Hall to fire home after he pounced on a blocked shot. Richard Wharton, straight from the kick-off stung the hands of Josh Moreman before Sharman threatened on a determined run and cross. James Ough flicked a header goalwards which was headed over for a Willenhall corner on 19 minutes and from the half cleared corner Sharman crossed low only for Ough to fire wide. Sharman fired just over soon after before the visitors doubled theirlead on the half hour. A corner was taken short and whipped in, somehow it found its way into the far corner of the net. Ryan O’Brien lashed a good chance wide on 38 minutes before another Lockmen free-kick was fired at the keeper.

Willenhall started the brighter after the break with O’Brien testing the Tipton keeper on 50 minutes. However, the visitors sprang again on 56 minutes when Ezekiel Aguemangwas was left unmarked and he curled into the corner after a quick counter. Cory Ember was just wide from an effort for the hosts before Luke Green curled over after a great run and pass from Ross Fox. Ebeneezer Marango forced a brilliant save from Ex Albion keeper Chris Adamson on 66 minutes, flying across goal to turn a fierce effort arond the post. The visitors had some gppd pressure towards the end, but it was continually undone either by a loose ball or the assistant’s flag.

After the decision to replace manager Joe Ball on Thursday, new manager Mark Cox gave six debuts after a dozen late signings.. The Lockmen were first out of the blocks with Geovannie Shaw firing a low effort in that was blocked. The visitors scored with their first threat when a free-kick on nine minutes wasn’t dealt with, allowing Ross Hall to fire home after he pounced on a blocked shot. Straight from the kick-off Richard Wharton stung the hands of Josh Moreman after a fine ball from Jake Sharman picked out debutant Shaun Thomas to cross. before Sharman threatened on a determined run and cross which Moreman came for and caught on 12 minutes. Harris fired at Adamson for the visitors before James Ough flicked a header goalwards which was headed over for a Willenhall corner on 19 minutes and from the half cleared corner Sharman crossed low only for Ough to fire wide. Sharman fired just over soon after before the visitors forced a couple of fruitless corners. Sharman was again over before Cory Ensor won a corner which Sharman put behind the goal. Tipton then doubled their lead on the half hour. A corner was taken short and whipped in, somehow it found its way into the far corner of the net, the last touch credited to Mark Cartwright. Ryan O’Brien lashed a good chance wide on 38 minutes after good work from Ough and Shaw before another Lockmen free-kick was fired at the keeper.
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HT WILLENHALL TOWN 0-2 TIPTON TOWN

Willenhall started the brighter after the break with O’Brien testing the Tipton keeper on 50 minutes. However, the visitors sprang again on 56 minutes when Ezekiel AgYemangwas was left unmarked and he curled into the corner after a quick counter. Cory Ember was just wide from an effort for the hosts before Luke Green curled over after a great run and pass from Ross Fox. Ebeneezer Marango forced a brilliant save from Ex Albion keeper Chris Adamson on 66 minutes, flying across goal to turn a fierce effort arond the post. The visitors had some gppd pressure towards the end, but it was continually undone either by a loose ball or the assistant’s flag.

FT WILLENHALL TOWN 0-3 TIPTON TOWN

WILLENHALL TOWN CAUTION

LUKE GREEN 80

WILLENHALL TOWN MoM

COREY ENSOR

TELFORD JUNIORS 2-3 WILLENHALL TOWN

1. Chris Adamson,

2. Richard Wharton (c),

3. Ross Fox,

4. Cory Ensor (off 78min),

5. Adam Kendall,

6. Geovannie Shaw,

7. Shaun Thomas,

8. Jake Sharman (off 86min),

9. Simon Laidley,

10. Carl Guinn,

11. Luke Green (off 76min).

subs

12. Dominik Wills (on 86min),

14. Josh Esson (on 78min),

15. Connor Clifton,

16. Jamal Jakeman,

17. Ryan O’Brien (on 76min).

The Lockmen stormed to their first win of the season against a physical Telford Juniors side. Willenhall were first to attack and Shaun Thomas opened the scoring inside three minutes when he finished a fine move down the left with a close range strike into the roof of the net. Juniors then saw Curtis Udah force a superb tip over from Chris Adamson on six minutes. Thpmas then volleyed first time across the goal soon after as Willenhall continued their good start. Luke Dent fired a free-kick over for Telford before two moments of sloppy defending saw them go in trailing at the break. The first, midway through the opening half, saw a badly scuffed free-kick catch them out, two failed attempts to clear the ball saw it knocked home by Luke davies. The second, a minute from the break, saw a poor cross missed twice, the ball caught The Lockmen keeper ynawares and somehow it bounced into the corner of the goal,.Gareth Gough claiming thw last touch.

HT TELFORD JUNIORS 2-1 WILLENHALL TOWN

Willenhall came out with more purpose after the break and within twenty seconds of the restart Jake Sharman and Thomas had combined to see the former cross inches too high for the onrushing Simon Laidley. Carl Guinn then fired over when played through on goal after 56 minutes. However, sixty seconds later they finally levelled when the same player was found by a long ball forward and he raced towards goal and lifted his effort over the keeper. On 63 minutes The Lockmen thought they had taken the lead when four attempted shots from four different players were charged down in quick succesion before being scrambled clear. However, as the home side got more free with their wayward challenges, The Lockmen found more determination and grabbed what proved to be the winner when a Laidley flick produced a fine strike across the keeper by Jake Sharman after 69 minutes. Brent Drew produced an excellent save by Adamson before he did even better to deny Steve Ward after a quick counter attack. Laidley could have settled the game on 85 minutes when he put a header a yard wide. In the last minute the referee finally found his cards and dismissed Drew for a shocking two footed jump at Rob O’Brien that caught him late. He did have a choice of two to pick from as a faction of a second later another similar tackle came flying in.

FT TELFORD JUNIORS 2-3 WILLENHALL TOWN
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WILLENHALL TOWN SCORERS

SHAUN THOMAS 3,

CARL GUINN 57,

JAKE SHARMAN 69.

WILLENHALL TOWN MoM

ALL OF THE PLAYERS

COVENTRIANS 2-1 WILLENHALL TOWN

1. Simon Laidley,

2. Richard Heeks,

3. Ross Fox,

4. Richard Wharton (c),

5. Adam Kendall,

6. Dominik Wills (off 67min),

7. Shaun Thomas,

8. Josh Esson (off 90+3min),

9. Carl Guinn,

10. Geovannie Shaw (off 81min),

11. Luke Green.

subs

12. Ryan Dillon,

14. Ben Dutton (on 67min),

15. Cory Ensor,

16. Ryan O’Brien (on 90+3min),

17.James Ough (on 81min).

The Lockmen just failed to overcome the lack of a keeper, a referee with two sets of laws and a howling gale blowing straight down the pitch as they slipped to defeat. Kicking into the teeth of the wind, Geovammie Shaw curled just over after 40 seconds when a quick break from the kick-off found him in front of goal at the edge of the box. Shaw then fired inches wide on five minutes and Carl Guinn rattled the bar from distance shortly after as The Lockmen made light of the cionditions. Shaw again fired over and saw his fierce effort well blocked as they conrinued to dominate. Coventrians slowly worked their way back into the game as the home referee constantly gave free-kicks for innoccuous tackles and after a couple of fine saves from striker Simon Laidley, he was finally beaten on 44 minutes when he did brilliantly to touch a fiercely struck free-kick onto the post only to see the ball bundled home by a Coventrians player.

Willenhall again started brightly with Ross Fox firing a free-kick inches wide on 52 minutes before an incisive Dominik Wills pass freed Shaun Taylor and he carried the ball forward before slotting coolly past the keeper to level the game. With three Willenhall players booked for minimal contact fouls, Coventrians sub should have been off for a nasty two-footed lunge at taylor’s legs, luckily taylor avoided it and the player wasn’t even spoken to. Both teams had struggled to play with the wind and the home side certainly worked better against the elements, forcing an unbelievable one handed stop from Laidley on 76 minutes. Hoewever, the home side took a 77th minute lead when laidley couldn’t hold onto a corner and the loose ball was headed home. The Lockmen kept peppering the home goal but could not beat the keeper, who was forced off after lengthy in injury-time. His replacement made a stunning one handed save from Ryan O’Brien before Laidley the keeper went up for two late corners heading one inches wide and just failing to connect with another.

The Lockmen just failed to overcome the lack of a keeper, a referee with two sets of laws and a howling gale blowing straight down the pitch as they slipped to defeat. Kicking into the teeth of the wind, Geovannie Shaw curled just over after 40 seconds when a quick break from the kick-off found him in front of goal at the edge of the box. Shaw then fired inches wide on five minutes and Carl Guinn rattled the bar from distance shortly after as The Lockmen made light of the cionditions. Shaw again fired over and saw his fierce effort well blocked as they conrinued to dominate. Coventrians slowly worked their way back into the game as the home referee constantly gave free-kicks for innoccuous tackles and after a couple of fine saves from striker Simon Laidley, he was finally beaten on 44 minutes when he did brilliantly to touch a fiercely struck free-kick onto the post only to see the ball bundled home by a Coventrians player.

HT COVENTRIANS 1-0 WILLENHALL TOWN

Willenhall again started brightly with Ross Fox firing a free-kick inches wide on 52 minutes before an incisive Dominik Wills pass freed Shaun Taylor and he carried the ball forward before slotting coolly past the keeper to level the game. With three Willenhall players booked for minimal contact fouls, Coventrians sub should have been off for a nasty two-footed lunge at taylor’s legs, luckily taylor avoided it and the player wasn’t even spoken to. Both teams had struggled to play with the wind and the home side certainly worked better against the elements, forcing an unbelievable one handed stop from Laidley on 76 minutes. Hoewever, the home side took a 77th minute lead when laidley couldn’t hold onto a corner and the loose ball was headed home. The Lockmen kept peppering the home goal but could not beat the keeper, who was forced off after lengthy in injury-time. His replacement made a stunning one handed save from Ryan O’Brien before Laidley the keeper went up for two late corners heading one inches wide and just failing to connect with another.

FT COVENTRIANS 2-1 WILLENHALL TOWN

WILLENHALL TOWN GOALSCORER

SHAUN THOMAS 53

WILLENHALL TOWN CAUTIONS

DOMINIK WILLS 35,

RICHARD HEEKS 46,

GEOVANNIE SHAW 81.

WILLENHALL TOWN MoM

Simon Laidley

WORCESTER RAIDERS 3-3 WILLENHALL TOWN

1. Chris Adamson,

2. Luke Green,

3. Ross Fox,

4. Richard Wharton (c),

5. Adam Jendall,

6. Cory Ensor,

7. Shaun Thomas (off 78min),

8. Geovannie Shaw,

9. Carl Guinn,

10. Richard Heeks,

11. Ryan Dillon (off 36min).

Subs

12. Josh Esson,

14. Ben Dutton (on 36min),

15. Ryan O’Brien (on 78min),

16. Jake Shatman,

17. Luke Merrett.

The Raiders may still be top and The Lockmen may still be bottom but there was nothing to pick between these two sides with the visitors disappointed to be going home with just a point. Willenhall stated well with Carl Guinn firing across goal and Shaun Thomas forcing a fine save for a corner early on. However, with their first attack on six minutes, the home team took the lead with Chris Cornes firing low into the corner from a right wing cross. Guinn was unlucky when Dan Norcutt in the home goal punched a fierce Cory Ensor shot at him and the ball flew overon 17 minutes. The Lockmen won a couple of corners in quick suddession and from one of these, Geovannie Shaw saw his effort kicked off the line. When the ball was half cleared it was recycled in again and this tome Shaw levelled with a volley into the roof of the net on 24 minutes. Guinn twice lobbed the keeper afterbreaking clear but both efforts were just off target but when he broke a third time on 33 minutes as he rounded the keeper the ball was blocked by the keeper’s legs and dropped perfectly for Shaun Thomas to steady himself and fire past two covering players. Guinn again lobbed wide just before the break as The Lockmen had pretty much dominated attacking play.

HT WORCESTER RAIDERS 1-2 WILLENHALL TOWN

The Raiders got the boost of a goal on 48 minutes when Willenhall were caught in possession allowing a left wing break. The ball was crossed in to the feet of Cornes but he turned left and right, created half a yard of space and lifted the ball over a despairing chris Adamson who got a touch to it but couldn’t keep the ball out. Richard heeks was just wide for Willenhall on 66 minutes before the ome side took the lead again when a free-kick into the box was missed by everyone and Martin Fowler threw himself at the ball to net, injuring himself on the post in the process. Despite the home side then creating several opportunities, it was the visitors who scored next as an 82nd minute corner was flicked on and Ryan O’Brien got the last touch to deservedly level.

FT WORCESTER RAIDERS 3-3 WILLENHALL TOWN

WILLENHALL TOWN SCORERS

GEOVANNIE SHAW 24,

SHAUN THOMAS 33,

RYAN O’BRIEN 83

WILLENHALL TOWN CAUTIONS

CARL GUINN 52,

CORY ENSOR 54,

LUKE GREEN 71

WILLENHALL TOWN MoM

CARL GUINN

WILLENHALL TOWN 3-3 WYRLEY JUNIORS

1. Chris Adamson,

2. Luke Green,

3. Ross Fox,

4. Cory Ensor,

5. Richard Wharton (c),

6. Richard Heekes,

7. Shaun Thomas (off 65min),

8. Geovannie Shaw (off 88min),

9.Carl Guinn,

10. Simon Laidley,

11. Ryan O’Brien (off 67min).

Subs

12. Josh Esson (on 62min),

14. Dominik Wills (on 88min),

15. Jake Sharman (on 67min),

16. James Ough,

17. Ricky Worton.

The Lockmen threw away a two goal lead but still came from behind to snatch their first home point of the season. The visitors won a first minute free-kick which was fired high over whilst sixty seconds later at the other end, The Lockmen forced a corner after a free-kick of their own was headed behind. The visitors forced their own corner on five minutes but Adamson, the veteran ex-Albion keeper, claimed the ball. It was Willenhall who broke the deadlock on six minutes when Richard Heekes broke quickly from Adamson’s distribution. His ball found Simon Laidley who fed Carl Guinn and when his ball into the box found Geovannie Shaw, he was able to create the space to fire across visiting keeper Joe Williams. Jordan Holmes then fired wide for Juniors from the kick-off before Chris Geldart on eleven minutes and Holmes again sixty seconds later both shot at Adamson. Holmes again fired at Adamson Andy Whaley and Holmes header again tested The Lockmen’s keeper. Adamson then kicked long to set Shaun Thomas free but he missed his kick when in on goal. Carl Guinn then extended the lead for The Lockmen on 21 minutes when he was freed by Shaw and he easily raced on to fire across Williams into the far corner. A shot from 25 yards then took a big deflection but somehow Adamson twisted and changed direction in the air to save. Guinn should have scored again three minutes later but he fired wide from close in after showing strength to win the ball, his first attempt was well blocked and his follow up was inches wide of the far post. The visitors were back in it when Adamson conceded a penalty on 33 minutes, Chris Geldart sending him the wrong way. Adamson then made two more fine saves to keep his side ahead at the break.

HT WILLENHALL TOWN 2-1 WYRLEY JUNIORS

Wyrley levelled on 49 minutes when Chris Geldart was played through on the right and he fed Jordan Holmes to level despite Richard Wharton’s attempt to clear. Another save from Adamson kept the scores level, but on 62 minutes he was beaten again when a free-kick from the left flew across goal to the far post where James Welnitschuk finished. Direct from kick-off Shaun Thomas was played through only to fire into the side-netting, as did sub Josh Esson. After visiting sub Liam Sanders had fired wide on 67 minutes. The Lockmen levelled a minute later when Jake Sharman broke and crossed after combining with Luke Green, his ball picking out Guinn who grabbed his second. Esson again broke and fired at the keeper before The Lockmen had won the game, when a determined run from Green saw him cross and pick out the head of Guinn to nod home, only for the assistant to rule the ball had crossed the bye-line.

FT WILLENHALL TOWN 3-3 WYRLEY JUNIORS

WILLENHALL TOWN SCORERS

GEOVANNIE SHAW 6,

CARL GUINN 21, 68.

WILLENHALL TOWN CAUTIONS

ROSS FOX 54.

WILLENHALL TOWN MoM

CHRIS ADAMSON

WOLVERHAMPTON CASUALS 10-0 WILLENHALL TOWN

1. Chris Adamson,

2. Ross Fox,

3. Luke Green,

4. Richard Wharton (capt),

5. Adam Kendall (off 10min),

6. Cory Ensor,

7. Josh Esson (off 21min),

8. Simon Laidley,

9. Carl Guinn,

10. Geovannie Shaw,

11. Jake Sharman (off 70min).

Subs

12. Ryan O’Brien (on 21min),

14. James Ough,

15. Ben Dutton (on 70min),

16. Ryan Dutton,

17.Dominik Wills (10min).

The Lockmen suffered another humiliating defeat but at least they had several extenuating circumstances, not least being unable to handle the tactic of an opposition playing with no strikers but two lightnng quick players running from deep onto long balls all night. The first action of the night saw ex Red and Casuals skipper Ian Boswell fire an effort straight at Chris Adamson in the third minute before he charged onto a long ball four minutes later only to find himself unable to get a shot off at goal. The first sign of what the night held in store for The Lockmen occurred on ten minutes when Boswell left his foot in on the returning Adam Kendall and the veteran defender had to be helped from the field and replaced by Dominik Wills. Jay Holdcroft then saw his twelfth minute free-kick from wide on the left headed over by Boswell who appeared to be at the centre of all of the action. Holdcroft was next to threaten as his effort flew at Adamson two minutes later. The Casuals finally delivered the goal that they had been promising on the quarter-hour mark. A long forward saw Holdcroft and Boswell run through from deep, Holdcroft played a quick one-two with his skipper to take out the last man before calmly lifting the ball into the corner of the net. On twenty minutes it was the turn of Haydn Williams, when a ball into the box found him clear and he calmly finished past an exposed Adamson. The Lockmen finally registered an effort on 22 minutes when Carl Guinn fired over and a minute later they put a fine move together when Jake Sharman broke through before feeding Guinn who was in support. Guinn and Cory Ensor then combined before the latter was tackled as he shaped to fire on goal. Ensor then fired high over on 25 minutes before substitute Dom Wills hit a 30 yard screamer that flew inches wide two minutes later. The home side won a corner on 28 minutes which was easily cleared before the referee gave them a huge let-off on 34 minutes when Sharman’s header appeared to be dropped well over the goal-line by Vitor Pinneiro in The Cassies’ goal, unfortunately, the referee waved play on. It was the home side’s turn to be aggrieved on 37 minutes when Holdcroft produced a fine header to ‘score’, only for The Reds to be saved by an assistant’s flag. Boswell fired well wide sixty seconds later before the visitors broke quickly and created a shooting opportunity for Guinn. His effort was blocked but Ensor won a corner from the rebound. Wills lobbed to Pinheiro four minutes prior to the break before fellow sub Ryan O’Brien fired high and wide on 45 minutes. In the last action of the half, Adamson produced a superb touch over to deny Holdcroft two minutes into time added on. The Lockmen, despite conceding twice and losing two players to injury early on were still in the game and if anything had slightly the better of things.

HT WOLVERHAMPTON CASUALS 2-0 WILLENHALL TOWN

The Lockmen clearly needed to score first after the break, unfortunately, goal machine Liam Hughes hadn’t read the script and on 48 minutes he fired goalwards where Adamson appeared to have the initial effort covered until it took a massive deflection and flew into the opposite top corner for 3-0. Adamson produced a brilliant save a minute later to prevent Boswell scoring but he was powerless on 65 minutes when Luke Tudor profited from a ball into the box to score. In a rare foray forward O’Brien did well to beat two defenders before taking a wrong turn and being crowded out. It was quickly becoming a case of how many when Holdcroft headed home unmarked after a cross from the left on 72 minutes before sixty seconds later he hit an absolute which almost tore the roof out of the net such was the ferocity of the shot. On 74 minutes Casuals grabbed a seventh goal when a quick break down the wing saw substitute Callum Cooper hit another scorcher across Adamson and into the far top corner. With eight minutes remaining a cross from another Casuals sub, Brad Sharman, set up Williams to loop a header into the very far corner of the net. A minute later Luke Green did brilliantly to chase the winger and win a superb tackle to deny a goal chance, only for him to lose the ball and watch in horror as Tyrell Walker hit yet another stunning goal from well outside of the box. With six minutes left The Lockmen almost pulled a goal back when Green, sub Ben Dutton and Wills cut through the defence only for the latter to see a fierce shot spilled but grabbed by Pinheiro. On 88 minutes Casuals got into double figures when Hughes again found himself completely unmarked six yards out to score his second. With ninety minute played Geo Shaw had the last attempt, again Pinheiro was well positioned for a routine catch.

FT WOLVERHAMPTON CASUALS 10-0 WILLENHALL TOWN

WILLENHALL TOWN CAUTIONS

GEOVANNIE SHAW 90+2.

WILLENHALL TOWN MoM

CORY ENSOR

GORNAL ATHLETIC 1-0 WILLENHALL TOWN

1. Adamson,

2. Holliday,

3. Green,

4. C. Ensor,

5. Calder,

6. Turton,

7. Thomas,

8. Shaw (off 55min),

9. Guinn,

10. Heekes (off 72min),

11. Williams (off 65min).

Subs

12. O’Brien (on 72min),

14. Laidley,

15. Wharton (on 65min),

16. Dillon (on 55min),

17. Fox.

The Lockmen suffered an undeserved, last-gasp defeat away to Gornal Athletic. The Peacocks made a promising start as they hit the bar after only 45 seconds before The Lockmen threatened on five minutes when Carl Guinn saw his effort well saved by home keeper Josh Bennett. The home side continued to look lively as they again struck the bar on six minutes with a cross-shot before Cory Ensor produced a fine tackle to prevent another goal attempt five minutes later. Chris Adamson then produced a great save to prevent a goal after sixteen minutes, standing tall to deny Geoff Hill a goal. Adamson then repeated the feat four minutes later before Tom Beech lobbed over on 24 minutes. Adamson then denied home skipper Antony Cox with another fine block. The Reds threatened late in the half as Asha Williams, on his debut, saw one effort deflected just wide and another fly just over whilst Richard Heeks glanced his header across goal from a Shaun Thomas corner.

HT GORNAL ATHLETIC 0-0 WILLENHALL TOWN

Adamsom did well to tip a fierce drive over on 52 minutes and Hill fired into the side-netting on the hour before Willenhall finally found full throttle. On 62 minutes Cory Ensor drove a fierce free-kick at the keeper from thirty yards, Guinn saw his effort touched onto the cross-bar though The Peacocks would have been saved by a debatable off-side decision. Another Willenhall debutant, Dan Turton, fired a great shot from distance which had home keeper Josh bennett scrambling, before a couple of corners almost brought a leveller. Another reds free-kick on 82 minutes was scrambled clear before Luke Green hit a screamer from outside the box after a determined run from half-way, Bennett brlliantly tipping over. From the corner the returning Andre Calder saw his knock down to Ryan Dillon find the young winger in space, however, he could only toe poke at Bennett when a better contact would have brought a goal. With two minutes left, the returning Adam Holliday thought he had won the game with a brilliant left foot strike seeing the ball somehow headed off the line on 88 minutes. However, with time running out Gornal were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box and when the ball was played in a goalmouth scramble ended with the ball somehow trickling into the corner of the goal, Tom Beech claiming the final touch.

FT GORNAL ATHLETIC 1-0 WILLENHALL TOWN

WILLENHALL TOWN CAUTIONS

ANDRE CALDER 41,

CORY ENSOR 79,

RYAN DILLON 84?.

WILLENHALL TOWN MoM

SHAUN THOMAS

KINGTON TOWN 3-0 WILLENHALL TOWN

1. Adamson,

2. Wills (off 63min),

3. Fox,

4. C. Ensor,

5. Wharton (capt),

6. Turton,

7. Dillon,

8. Esson (90+3min),

9. Guinn,

10. O’Brien,

11. Green.

Subs

12. N. Ensor (on 63min),

14. Sharman

15. Heeks,

16. Holliday,

17. Calder.

The Lockmen made a long and ultimately fruitless trip to the Welsh Border in this bottom of the table clash. The home side, under new management, started brightly, Josh Tomkins firing in and forcing Chris Adamson to save with his feet on eight minutes. Willenhall had a Ross Fox free-kick blocked and cleared a minute later. Lewis Philips headed wide from a corner on 14 minutes. Josh Esson and Ryan Dillon broke well on 25 minutes, with the former firing inches over. However, the home side took a 26th minute lead when Phillips picked a loose ball up 25 yards out and curled delightfully into the corner after he was not closed down. Cory Ensor flashed a free-kick just over from a full 40 yards for the visitors before Adamson twice denied the home side with good saves. However, on 35 minutes Phillips jumped highest to head home a free-kick. Adamson then made a brave save to deny him a third goal just before the break.

HT KINGTON TOWN 2-0 WILLENHALL TOWN

The Lockmen were greatly improved after the break, Ryan Dillon hitting a dipping cross-cum-shot onto the bar on 50 minutes. Adamson pulled off a fine save on 52 minutes before Dominik Wills then cleared. However, neither side looked like adding to their tallies until home skipper Brian Dyer fired home unmarked from close range on 63 minutes. Adamson then made another good save before Fox fired a 30 yard free-kick over on 83 minutes and Nathan Ensor was unlucky when he was played through on goal, he slid the ball past the keeper but inches beyond the post as well. Adamson then made one last block on 90 minutes to prevent another goal.

FT KINGTON TOWN 3-0 WILLENHALL TOWN

WILLENHALL TOWN CAUTIONS

JOSH ESSON 59,

CARL GUINN 75,

WILLENHALL TOWN MoM

CHRIS ADAMSON.

WILLENHALL TOWN 1-2 BUSTLEHOLME

1. Chris Adamson,

2. Reuben Henderson (off 69min),

3. Richard Heekes,

4. Geovannie Shaw (off 29min),

5. Andre Calder,

6. Daniel Turton,

7. Shaun Thomas (off 42min),

8. Richard Wharton (capt),

9. Carl Guinn,

10. John White,

11. Luke Green.

Subs

12. Nathan Ensor (on 42min),

14. James Ough (on 69min),

15. Ryan O’Brien,

16. Ryan Dillon,

17. Cory Ensor (on 29min).

Individual errors in a poor first half left The Lockmen with too much to do after the break, though they did improve greatly. The visitors started better with Matt Simmon putting a header wide and a free-kick over in the first ten minutes. In reply Luke Green and Carl Guinn both did well to swing in dangerous crosses but with no real presence in the box. Simmon put a dipping effort onto the roof of the net midway through the half before Michael Miller was played clean through only to hit a poor effort at Chris Adamson in the Reds goal. Cory Ensor was inches wide on the half hour before John White won what proved to be three successive corners before the visitors cleared. Adamson then produced a fine tip over on 35 minutes but from the resulting corner, Adam Whatley was allowed a free header which dipped perfectly into the very top corner of the net. Almost on half-time Cory Ensor was then caught in possession on the edge of his own box attempting to clear and Jack Whittle was able to fire home.

HT WILLENHALL TOWN 0-2 BUSTLEHOLME

Rich Wharton fired a free-kick into the area on the hour, Richard Heekes getting to it but shooting wide before Green went rampaging forward from half-way only to be barged over in the box three minutes later. Green repeated the feat on 75 minutes, this time he fired at Rickie Denton in the visitor’s goal. Danny Turton saw his effort blocked a minute later as he ventured forward from defence before The Lockmen finally got their goal on 79 minutes. Nathan Ensor fed brother Cory who broke into the box before teeing up substitute James Ough to fire home into the corner. For all their efforts, an equaliser never really looked likely as Bustleholme held onto three hard earned points.

FT WILLENHALL TOWN 1-2 BUSTLEHOLME
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WILLENHALL TOWN SCORERS

JAMES OUGH 79.

WILLENHALL TOWN CAUTIONS

GEOVANNIE SHAW 25,

REUBEN HENDERSON 68,

JOHN WHITE 88.

WILLENHALL TOWN MoM

DANNY TURTON

BROMYARD TOWN 3-0 WILLENHALL TOWN

1. Adamson,

2. Thomas,

3. Marriott-Brearley (off 83min),

4. C. Ensor (off 82min),

5. Turton,

6. Fox (off 76min),

7. Wharton (c),

8. Henderson (off 59min),

9. Guinn,

10. N. Ensor,

11. White.

subs

12. Esson (on 76min),

14. Silvestre (on 82min),

15. Pirrie (on 59min),

16. Sharman,

17. Laidley.

The Lockmen succumbed to a pre-Xmas defeat after being outplayed for long spells before ultimately succumbing and finishing with only ten men due to injury. The Lockmen could have guessed it was not going to be their day as early as the third minute when Nathan Ensor was fetched down on his way to goal by the defender, the official didn’t even speak to the offender. Shaun Thomas then forced a good low save from Bromyard skipper Alex Rhodes on 4 minutes before Cory Ensor hit a screamer from 35 yards which flew over on eight minutes. Cory Ensor then combined to put brother Nathan through on goal on fourteen minutes, only for the keeper to race out and claim. Reds keeper Chris Adamson made the first of four excellent saves four excellent saves when he somehow caught a deflected shot as he dived in the wrong direction on 18 minutes. Tom Kilby then shot to Adamson after a corner. Nathan Ensor then forced a corner which saw a Ross Fox effort blocked which produced another corner from which Nathan Ensor put a good header wide. Yet another flag-kick on 26 minutes saw Cory Ensor’s effort blocked before Reuben Henderson fired at the home keeper from the rebound. Adamson then made the second stunning save with the rebound lashed onto the bar on 28 minutes. On 41 minutes Carl Guinn lobbed just over from 25 yards in another foray before the home side broke the deadlock with a well worked goal, Jake Hollylee supplying the finishing touch on 41 minutes after an intricate passing build-up.

HT BROMYARD TOWN 1-0 WILLENHALL TOWN

Cory Ensor saw an effort fly over on fifty minutes and Reds skipper Richard Wharton saw an effort go close before Adamson made a couple more brilliant saves. However John Trindade and scorer Hollylee then combined 64 minutes, the latter providing a cross that was headed home by sub Liam Hodges. Guinn fired at the keeper on 68 minutes before the Adamson show continued. He made two one-on-one saves, standing up to deny a third goal and then made a stunning one-handed tip over to deny Andy Hudson. However, even he was powerless to prevent Ryan Glenister firing home a hotly disputed 25 yard free-kick that kicked up off the turf and diverted beyond the reach of the outstretched Adamson.

FT BROMYARD TOWN 3-0 WILLENHALL TOWN

WILLENHALL TOWN CAUTIONS

CORY ENSOR 67,

CARL GUINN 74

WILLENHALL TOWN MoM

CHRIS ADAMSON

WILLENHALL TOWN 3-2 KINGTON TOWN

1. Adamson,

2. Fox (off 32min),

3. MacGregor,

4. Holliday?,

5. Calder,

6. Doyle,

7. S. Graver (off 69min),

8. Rhuwakini,

9. Guinn,

10. Brindle (off 62min),

11. Green.

Subs

12. Mann (on 69min),

14. N. Ensor (on 62min),

15. Henderson (on 32min),

16. Dillon,

17. Sharman.

The Lockmen claimed a vital first home win of the season against fellow strugglers Kington Town. With six new signings lining up It was Willenhall who made the early running, Carl Guinn was stopped by an assistant’s flag on three minutes before Luke Green saw an eighth minute shot beaten away by visiting keeper Tom Lewis. Carl Guinn forced a save two minutes later before Chris Adamson saved his side with a brilliant block to deny Nick Evans who had been played clean through, Andre Calder clearing up. Todd Brindle fired at the keeper on fourteen minutes before Guinn saw an effort deflected to Lewis, who palmed the ball up in the air and behind for a fruitless corner. Brindle saw another effort deflected away on 24 minutes before Kelvin Rhuwakini fizzed a 30 yard free-kick just over. However, on 25 minutes, Adam Holliday slid a ball through the defence and Guinn latched on to the loose ball and calmly side footed an effort around Lewis. The visitors levelled on 32 minutes when Josh Tomkins tapped home unmarked after a cross from the right. Evans put a free header over and Kington skipper Brian Dyer shanked wide from close range as the visitors strove for another goal. Rhuwakini fired a 38th minute free-kick at Lewis who fielded comfortably. Graver then raced half the length of the pitch two minutes into added time but won only a wasted corner for his efforts.

HT WILLENHALL TOWN 1-1 KINGTON TOWN

The second half started slowly with both sides wrestling for control. Rhuwakini fired a yard wide on 52 minutes but the next real action came on 62 minutes when another quick break from the visitors saw Adamson produce a fine save to prevent a goal only for Evans to tap home from a yard out. On 73 minutes The Lockmen levelled when some clever interplay down the left saw sub Reece Mann play a ball inside for fellow sub Nathan Ensor to fire a fierce low drive into the far corner. Willenhall stepped up a gear and threw absolutely everything at their visitors. Josh MacGregor went close twice late on. Nathan Ensor went close again and then won a corner which was fired in on 83 minutes and found Carl Guinn who was positioned to lash home the winner. Kington then attacked in desperation but Willenhall held firm for three vital points.

FT WILLENHALL TOWN 3-2 KINGTON TOWN

WILLENHALL TOWN SCORERS

CARL GUINN 25, 83.

NATHAN ENSOR 73.

WILLENHALL TOWN CAUTIONS

WILLENHALL TOWN MoM

CHRIS ADAMSON

WILLENHALL TOWN 0-0 OLD WULFRUNIANS

1. Chris Adamson,

2. Adam Holliday,

3. Josh MacGregor,

4. Reuben Henderson,

5. Danny Turton,

6. Nathan Ensor,

7. Kelvin Rhuwakini,

8. Richard Wharton (c) (off 65min),

9. Carl Guinn,

10. Cory Ensor (off 85min),

11. Richard Heekes (off 69min).

subs

12. James Ough,

14. Geovannie Snaw (on 65min),

15. Josh Brearley-Marriott,

16. Shaun Thomas (on 69min),

17. Josh Esson (on 85min).

The Lockmen kept a first clean sheet and climbed off the bottom of the table for the first time this season with a deserved point against title chasing Old Wulfrunians.

The visitors were first to show when they forced a corner on four minutes. After it had been cleared, a cross came in sixty seconds later, Andy Broom heading high over. After eight minutes it was the turn of Charlie Morgan to threaten, his effort, however, was straight at Chris Adamson. Nathan Ensor was the first to threaten the visitors on twelve minutes when his ground shot was pushed out of danger’s way by Wulfs’ keeper Jamie Bostock. Wulfs should have taken the lead on 23 minutes but for yet another unbelievable save from Adamson. Not for the first time since his signing did the former league keeper find himself going in the wrong direction, yet he was still able to change direction in mid-air and push the deflected shot behind for an unproductive corner. On 31 minutes, the keeper produced a more routine save to deny Broom the opening goal. The Lockmen then had the last attempt of a relatively quiet opening half when Richard Heekes did well to force a corner, however, it was punched away by Bostock and the danger was over.

HT WILLENHALL TOWN 0-0 OLD WULFRUNIANS

Ten minutes after the break, Carl Guinn broke clear but saw his low drive touched wide for a corner before Kelvin Rhuwakini saw his effort deflected over. Bostock then caught the corner comfortably as it curled towards him. Wulfs did have the ball in the back of the net on 61 minutes but an assistant’s flag ruled out the ‘goal’. Rhuwakini then saw a strike from distance fly wide and Guinn fired wide from another break before in a rare foray Adamson produced an unbelievable stop to deny the visitors, somehow pushing a fierce drive over the bar as he appeared to be diving in the wrong direction. LIam McReady then produced a goal-saving tackle on 88 minutes to deny Shaun Thomas. Adamson then produced another stunning stop two minutes into stoppage time before Josh McGregor headed off the line from the corner.

FT WILLENHALL TOWN 0-0 OLD WULFRUNIANS

WILLENHALL TOWN CAUTIONS

REUBEN HENDERSON 68,

GEOVANNIE SHAW 84,

DANNY TURTON 90+1

WILLENHALL TOWN MoM

CHRIS ADAMSON

TIPTON TOWN 2-1 WILLENHALL TOWN

1. Vishal Sharma,

2. Reuben Henderson,

3. Nathan Ensor,

4. Kelvin Rhuwakini (c),

5. Danny Turton,

6. Todd Brindle,

7. Josh MacGregor,

8. Carl Guinn,

9. Ryan Mason (off 89),

10. Shaun Thomas (off 78min),

11. Luke Green.

subs

12. Ross Fox,

14. Josh Ensor,

15. Ryan O’Brien (on 89min),

16. Richard Wharton,

17. Cory Ensor (on 78min).

The Lockmen snatched defeat from the jaws of victory after goals in the sixth and eighth minute of three minutes of stoppage-time did for them in a 2-1 defeat. Tipton were first to threaten in this Black Country derby when Lewis Collins headed a fourth minute corner wide, Shaun Thomas then broke for The Lockmen on six minutes before freeing up Josh MacGregor, however, his cross drifted into the hands of home keeper Archie Alatago. Debutant keeper Vishal Sharma made his first save on eight minutes, pushing a shot wide for a corner before Thomas broke again for Willenhall on ten minutes, this time his shot was blocked and flew away from goal for a throw-in. Febwezek Marango headed an excellent cross wide on the quarter hour for the hosts before Danny Turton blocked a Tipton shot five minutes later. Ryan Mason fired over for Willenhall from a free-kick on 23 minutes before Shaun Thomas saw his effort deflected wide. Reuben Henderson then blocked a Tipton corner on the line before Thomas raced into the box only to be crowded out. Thomas was then played through on goal but he tried to round the keeper and lost control on 29 minutes. Thomas then fed Todd Brindle who lifted his effort over the bar on 32. Carl Guinn fired at the keeper soon after before Thomas finally broke the deadlock five minutes before half-time. He homed in on goal and this time side-stepped the keeper before firing home from a tight angle.

HT TIPTON TOWN 0-1 WILLENHALL TOWN

Carl Guinn and then Thomas almost scored from successive Josh McGregor crossses before Terry Davies curled over for the home side after 53 minutes. Mason and then Guinn twice came close to extending the lead before Reds keeper Vishal Sharma twice got down low to push good strikes around the post, the first to deny Sam Hesson, the second to deny Luke Louza on 70 minutes. As the visitors dropped deeper, Tipton upped the ante and saw two shots blazed over from good positions before Kelvin Rhuwakini relieved the pressure with a quick break upfield on 87 minute, evenyually seeing his effort deflected wide for a corner. A minute from time Danny Turton produced a superb tackle to deny a goalscoring opportunity. The official then signaled for four minutes of stoppage-time. In the fifth minute of overtime Lockmen substitute Cory Ensor fire just wide before the late drama unfolded. The first of two goalmouth scrambles saw the equalser turned in from close range by Paul Henley in the sixth minute of added time before two minutes later in the eighth minute of the allotted four minutes of time added on Sam Hesson fired home from twelve yards after the ball was half cleared.

FT TIPTON TOWN 0-1 WILLENHALL TOWN

WILLENHALL TOWN SCORERS

SHAUN THOMAS 40,

WILLENHALL TOWN MoM

DANNY TURTON

WILLENHALL TOWN 1-1 WREN’S NEST

1. Chris Adamson,

2. Cory Ensor,

3. Josh MacGregor,

4. Adam Holliday,

5. Daniel Turton,

6. Reuben Henderson,

7. Kelvin Rhuwakini (capt) (off 60min),

8. Todd Brindle,

9. Carl Guinn (off 82min),

10. Tony Clift (off 66min),

11. Ryan Mason.

subs

12. Josh Esson (on 82min),

14. Richard Wharton,

15. Ryan O’Brien,

16. Shaun Thomas (on 66min),

17. Geovannie Shaw (on 60min).

The Lockmen earned a late leveller and nearly snatched a later winner but a point was probably about right on balance. The first action of the game saw a free-kick from wide on the left punched clear by Lockmen keeper Chris Adamson. With five minutes gone, the home side saw a fifth minute free-kick cleared. Ryan Mason was first to threaten, his effort on seven minutes was blocked and then scrambled clear before seeing a shot was again blocked and cleared four minutes later. Jamie Hunt fired wide for The Nest two minutes later. Theo Kagoulis saw Chris Adamson brilliantly save with his feet when clean through on nineteen minutes and Arnold Chabonda fired the rebound wide as the visitors rallied. Mason was again inches off target for the hosts on 31 minutes before Adamson denied Connor Lawrence when he was clean through on his own.

HT WILLENHALL TOWN 0-0 WREN’S NEST

Kagoulis saw Adamson produce another brilliant one-on-one save to keep out the visitors on 47 minutes. The visitors finally found a way past Adamson on 49 minutes when Dan Chattwood headed home a corner. Josh MacGregor saw a shot blocked on 65 when he ventured forward. A fine MacGregor cross was just too far in front of Carl Guinn on 72 minutes before Danny Turton fired over from a corner on 78 minutes after a knockdown from Shaun Thomas. Mason then saw a fine shot pushed around the post by the keeper before The Reds got a leveller a minute into stoppage-time, Geovannie Shaw’s corner was cleared, only for Cory Ensor to hit an absolute screamer from 35 yards that flew through Joe Gilbert’s hands. Todd Brindle blasted an effort against the stanchion a minute later before Josh Esoon found time and space for a first time shot fly inches wide when maybe a touch to steady himself may have seen a better result.

FT WILLENHALL TOWN 1-1 WREN’S NEST

WILLENHALL TOWN SCORERS

CORY ENSOR 90+1.

WILLENHALL TOWN CAUTIONS

KELVIN RHUWAKINI 16,

CORY ENSOR 29,

GEOVANNIE SHAW 63.

WILLENHALL TOWN MoM

CORY ENSOR

WILLENHALL TOWN 0-2 WYRLEY JUNIORS

1. Vishal Sharma,

2. Reuben Henderson,

3. Josh MacGregor,

4. Paul Holden,

5. Marcus Flint (off 70min),

6. Cory Ensor (c),

7. Joscelyn Allen,

8. Geovannie Shaw (off 76min),

9. Carl Guinn,

10. Todd Brindle,

11. Shaun Thomas (off 64min).

subs

12. Josh Esson,

14. Romano Graham (on 76min),

15. Tyrone Walker (on 64min),

16. Ryan O’Brien,

17. Kelvin Rhuwakini (on 70min).

After the replacement of manager Mark Cox with Ryan Mason until the end of the season, a much changed Lockmen side were unlucky to lose this League Cup tie. The visitors had the first attempt on goal in the second minute when Scott Masters fired at Vishal Sharma in the home goal. Veteran striker Chris Geldart then saw an attempt well fielded by the young keeper Sharma sixty seconds later. Juniors had the game’s first corner on eleven minutes before The Lockmen threatened for the first time five minutes later when a free-kick was flicked on by Geovannie Shaw for Carl Guinn to head at Joe Williams. The Reds saw a free-kick cleared on eighteen minutes before a quick break from Joss Allen three minutes later saw him fire high over. Cory Ensor fired just too high from a free-kick on 25 minutes before the visitors hit the bar on 42 minutes. There was just enough time for Todd Brindle to fire wide before the break.

HT WILLENHALL TOWN 0-0 WYRLEY JUNIORS

The Lockmen started on the attack in the second half with Geovannie Shaw firing just wide two minutes after the restart. Scott Gill then set up Scott Masters who fired straight at Sharma before the former fired high over on 52 minutes. Carl Guinn then headed wide for the hosts before Todd Brindle hit the post on 56 minutes. The Lockmen then won an unproductive corner on 59 minutes before Cory Ensor saw his fre-kick on the hour mark well cleared. Brindle then won a corner on 61 minutes only for the keeper collected before starting an attack at the other end, Gill’s 62nd minute pushed wide by Sharma. Allen then broke well after 63 minutes but his clever ball forward saw Wyrley keeper Williams just beat Guinn to the ball. Masters then forced Sharma into a fine save on 69 minutes to keep the scores level. The visitors then took the lead as The Lockmen failed to put the ball out with their player down and the visitors robbed them of possession allowing Scott Gill to net from close range on 69 minutes. The visitors wrapped up their place in the next round when Scott Whordley finished off deep into stoppage-time.

FT WILLENHALL TOWN 0-2 WYRLEY JUNIORS

WILLENHALL TOWN MoM

TODD BRINDLE

WILLENHALL TOWN 0-2 WORCESTER RAIDERS

1. Chris Adamson (capt),

2. Josh MacGregor,

3. Tom Collier,

4. Paul Holden,

5. Jack Smith,

6. Cory Ensor,

7. Joscelyn Allen,

8. Christian Darby,

9. Ryan Mason,

10. Romano Graham (off 74min),

11. Geovannie Shaw (off 62min).

subs

12. Tyrell Walker (on 62min),

14. Josh Esson,

15. Shaun Thomas,

16. Dominic Fearon (on 74min) (off 81min),

17. Reuben Henderson (on 81min).

It was a tale of two penalties at Amos Lane as The Lockmen saw a spot-kick saved on the stroke of half-time whereas the visiting Raiders saw their penalty break the deadlock early in the second-half. Matt Newman had two early shooting chances, the first on four minutes saw Chris Adamson save with his legs, the second, sixty seconds later, brought a fine save from Adamson using his legs to deflect the ball wide. Ryan Mason fired a free-kick wide on 8 minutes before A Willenhall corner saw Romano Graham shoot low at Stephens in the Raider’s goal. Another Willenhall corner on the quarter hour dropped on the roof of the net. A Lockmen corner and free-kick brought no reward before the next dead ball situation saw Christian Darby’s weak shot almost deflect in past Raiders keeper Stephens. On the stroke of half-time Stephens became the fourth visiting player booked when he crashed into Romano Graham with a challenge when The Lockmen player appeared to be around him and free on goal. Graham got up but rattled the bar with his spot-kick.

HT WILLENHALL TOWN 0-0 WORCESTER RAIDERS

Newman had three early chances for Worcester, two were shanked badly wide whilst the other brought another one-on-one save from Adamson. However, on 64 minutes he was beaten from the spot by Antony Smith after a clear foul. Seven minutes later Aston Gunter netted from close range when a low cross found him unmarked six yards out after Adamson had failed to claim a cross The Reds saw their confidence dented and their threat diminished, other than a run from half-way by Josh MacGregor on 87 minutes which saw him cut inside and hammer an effort at Stephens. There was enough time still for Newman to threaten a third only to see Adamson deny him by standing tall.

FT WILLENHALL TOWN 0-2 WORCESTER RAIDERS

WILLENHALL TOWN CAUTIONS

CORY ENSOR 90+4,

WILLENHALL TOWN MoM

CHRIS ADAMSON

ALLSCOTT 3-2 WILLENHALL TOWN

1. Chris Adamson (capt),

2. Josh MacGregor,

3. Tom Collier,

4. Christian Darby,

5. Paul Holden,

6. Cory Ensor,

7. Todd Brindle (off 77min),

8. Harvey Dangerfield,

9. Ryan Mason,

10. Geovannie Shaw (off 63min),

11. Joscelyn Allen (off 66min).

subs

12. Kelvin Rhuwakini 9on 63min),

14. Tyrell Walker (on 66min),

15. Michael Gwynne (on 77min).

The Lockmen suffered an undeserved defeat after coming from two goals down with ten men only to suffer late heartbreak. There was no action until the 18th minute when Chris Adamson stood up superbly to deny Jay Evans and tip his effort wide after he broke clean through. Ryan Mason saw his effort blocked on 24 minutes before Geovannie Shaw saw his effort fired at home keeper Dan Pilkington. Todd Brindle was next to threaten, his effort going just wide on 29 minutes. The home side won a highly debatable just past the half hour, one in a long line of decisions that angered the visitors, Ashley Bowler sent Chris Adamson the wrong way. Shaw fired just over on 32 minutes as The Lockmen tried to get back into the game, however, they had to be thankful to keeper Adamson who produced three fine saves to keep the defoicit to one goal.

HT ALSCOTT 1-0 WILLENHALL TOWN

The first action after the break saw Joscelyn Allen work his way down the left wing before his deflected cross was collected by Pilkington. Three minutes into the second half and Ryan McLean doubled the lead when the home team broke after Willenhall lost possession just inside their half, he finished well from the tightest of angles after a cross picked him out. Adamson then produced yet another save from the top draw to prevent Jon Scragg from increasing the lead on 61 minutes when he was clean through on goal. The Lockmen then broke and Allen fired high and wide a minute later. With an increasingly card happy official, a tactical substitution was made and it was Kelvin Rhuwakini, on for less than five minutes who produced a superb finish after good work from Todd Brindle after 68 minutes. The Lockmen were up against it when player manager Ryan Mason was red-carded for a comment to the referee on 70 minutes, but it merely made The Lockmen more determined and Rhuwakini unleashed an absolute screamer which simply rocketed into the far corner of the net on 73 minutes. With ten minutes remaining, disaster struck when Christian Darby was robbed of possession and a cross was turned in from the tightest of angles by Jon Scragg.

FT ALSCOTT 3-2 WILLENHALL TOWN

WILLENHALL TOWN SCORERS

KELVIN RHUWAKINI 68, 73

WILLENHALL TOWN CAUTIONS

TOM COLLIER 30,

GEOVANNIE SHAW 53.

TODD BRINDLE 77,

CORY ENSOR 82,

HARVEY DANGERFIELD 84,

WILLENHALL TOWN DISMISSAL

RYAN MASON 70.

WILLENHALL TOWN MoM

CHRIS ADAMSON

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