28/02/2016 – WMRL – Bilston Town 2 Black Country Rangers 2
The Steelmen had to live up to their name this afternoon to grab a share of the spoils against a resurgent Black Country team, containing several high profile signings from the higher echelon of non league football.
Not only did Bilston come back from 0-2 down, they had to do it after the loss of talismanic skipper and goalkeeper, James Gettings, injured ten minutes before half time.
Getts was unable to come out for the second half, suffering from concussion and was taken to hospital, as he was incoherent and disorientated.
Pleasingly, after tests and a brain scan, he was released at 9.30pm after being given the all clear and our best wishes go to James for a full and speedy recovery.
By the time of James’s departure, we were already 0-2 down, having conceded in the third and twenty seventh minutes but full credit to the players, they showed great resolve to get back into the game and can consider themselves unfortunate not to have collected all three points, instead of just one.
Dave Arrowsmith took over from Getts in goal and within two minutes of the restart Tom Piggott had halved the deficit.
That goal seemed to create fear in Black Country as they looked to hold onto their lead which, in turn, inspired Bilston to apply increasing pressure in search of the next goal.
On the occasions Black Country attacked, the Bilston defence stood firm in front of stand in keeper Arrowsmith, who was efficient in doing what was needed to keep a clean sheet.
Debutant, Dan Moy had been a constant threat up front for Bilston and with seven minutes remaining got his reward by netting the equaliser, to the delight of the Bilston support.
The final few minutes saw Bilston go full tilt for the win that their endeavours deserved but that elusive third goal wouldn’t come.
That point, coupled with defeats for Bromyard and Wellington Amateurs – and Getts getting the all clear from hospital, make it a good weekend all round.
Well done lads, great battling performance.
Article taken from Bilston Town Official Facebook.