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.