06/08/16 15:00 Bilston Town Community 4-2 Stone Old Alleynians
A good day all round at Queen Street for the opening fixture versus Stone Old Alleynians which also saw the Steelmen ‘launch’ their new fence and facilities with numerous invited guests and friends.
The new fence was officially unveiled by June Bowkley, wife of former Bilston legend Kenny Bowkley and we had match day mascots via Kelsey and Anya Barrington as well as the girls’ father, Andrew Barrington joining us to unveil the Greenhous VW signage recently installed at the ground.
After such high profile pre-match ‘entertainment’ the onus was on the team to carry that feel good factor onto the pitch, and they delivered with interest!
In fact, the first half hour could have seen us out of sight and Stone throwing in the towel, such was the high tempo, attack minded style of play we were witness to.
The front three, of Kizza, Jayden and Keighnan – orchestrated by the creative play of Matty Barnett – saw Stone tackling shadows!
Goals from Kizza and Keighnan put us 2-0 within fifteen minutes with further opportunities hitting the bar, hacked off the line, or saved, as Bilston cut Stone open almost at will.
We couldn’t increase that lead and just before the break, Stone pulled a goal back and when they levelled five minutes into the second half we wondered if we’d pay the price for those spurned chances.
But credit to this new look side, they recovered, regained control and as the half wore on, took control once more and when Dan Elwell made it 3-2 with seven minutes remaining, it was no more than The Steelmen deserved.
In the final moments, with Stone pushing forward for the equaliser, Kizza broke away, bore down on goal and was only denied by being brought down in the box.
He picked himself up to convert the spot kick to give the final score line of 4-2, a more realistic look.
All in all, a good day down at Queen Street, well done to Scott and his new lads, a new dawn rises over Bilston.
Article and image taken from Bilston Towns Official Facebook. (c) Bilston Town Community/ThreeFiveThree Photography.