The Lockmen finally started their season but they suffered a disappointing defeat at Telford.
It had started well with Ben Browne heading just wide on nine minutes before they deservedly took the lead on 14 minutes. A free-kick into the penalty area saw a header cleared off the line, a Browne header was scrambled clear before Lewis Gill hammered into the roof of the net from close range. However, within three minutes the home side were level when Jeff Watkins fired home. Deon Holdesworth then headed against the bar a minute later. The visitors had several near misses before on 41 minutes they surprisingly went behind. A Matt Bird throw-in near to The Lockmen’s own goal-line was quickly taken, but somehow Dion Graham got a foot to the ball and deflect it past a luckless Tom Parsons.
Brown again was wide with a header before Cory Ensor saw an overhead kick drop to the keeper before Holdesworth hit the Willenhall bar before seeing the ball headed clear. The home side sealed the game when Brandon Harrison broke down the left and his cross picked out an unmarked Holdesworth who headed home.on 62 minutes. The home side comfortably saw the game out as Willenhall had one of those days when the ball just didn’t run for them in both boxes.
Chris Burton MoM Ben Browne.