The Lockmen produced a fine performance to progress to the next round of the League Cup against Telford Juniors.
They recorded a second successive win against their Shropshire opponents but it turned out to be a hard fought battle. Steve Stearn was fed through in the first minute but his low shot was saved by last week’s hero Mitch Delamere. Toby Gray fired at Lockmen keeper Luke Shearing on eight minutes but generally play was towards the home goal. Ben Brown saw a strike touched wide on eleven minutes before Stearn, Dilpreet Singh, Liam Cox and Singh again all went close in the next seven minutes as they pressed hard. The Reds deservedly took the lead when a fine ball through the defence from Tom Rayson picked out Singh who in turn played in Brown and he cleverly fired beyond the keeper and into the corner of the goal on 21 minutes. Ex Wolves player Nathan Rooney hit the side netting for the hosts. Luke Shearing’s poor kick allowed Jordan Hall to fire in a brilliant lob on 35 minutes but the keeper did well to get back and touch over. Rooney then fired in a superb free-kick for the hosts to level six minutes later.
Cox and Brown went close at the start of the second-half for the visitors Rayson’s free-kick on the hour saw skipper Connor Fellows head a foot over. Rooney fired at Shearing for Juniors shortly after. Stearn then headed at Delamere as play swung from end to end. With 72 minutes played, The Lockmen got a deserved winner when Dilpreet Singh robbed Rooney of possession, raced forward and fired a fierce effort past Delamere. Rayson twice set up Stearn for goal-bound shots, both being blocked. Brown again pulled wide before Stearn did likewise in the last minute of stoppage-time.
Chris Burton – Match Secretary.