05/11/16 15:00 – Wolverhampton Sporting Community 1 Bilston Town Community 1
A tremendous team display from every Steelman on display saw Bilston earn a much deserved point at the title favourites in an enthralling encounter, thoroughly enjoyed and cheered on by the faithful Orange Army, who were rewarded for that support with 110% effort from every player out there.
The first half saw both sides going toe to toe with Todd Perry and Luke Davies formidable in the centre of defence, completely nullifying the threat of hot shot Westwood
Midway through the half, with Bilston every bit as dangerous as the home side, a good right sided move saw Keighnan Royles hit a sweet shot on the turn that beat Gettings in the Sporting goal only for the ball to canon off the cross bar.
Jayden McCalla and Adam Breeze were causing chaos for the home defence, ably supported by a hard working midfield and resolute defence and when Sporting finally breached that defence just before the break, Karl Frankham in the Bilston goal was more than equal to it with a smart save.
Goalless at half time the second half was equal to the first, in terms of creation and graft, was a pleasure to see and much appreciated from the Bilston supporters, who were easily out-cheering their home counterparts.
Just on the hour Sporting broke the deadlock with a left field move, their guy cutting inside to curl a shot into the far corner of Frankham’s goal but rather than allow their heads to drop, the lads regrouped and came again, coming close to equalising when Adam Breeze got in behind the defence, forcing an excellent stop from Gettings to deny him the goal.
With a unified determination that was a pleasure to watch, they finally got the equaliser they deserved, when Danny Elwell created confusion and hesitation in the sporting defence to pounce on that hesitation to rifle home the goal that saw the Orange Army ecstatic, and raise the volume still further.
The last ten minutes was a real hammer and tongue job with both sides going for the winner, Frankham twice being forced into impressive saves to maintain the scoreline though it would be wrong to say that Bilston were hanging on, they gave as good as they got for the whole ninety five minutes, a fact acknowledged by the Bilston support who stayed to cheer the lads off the field after the final whistle.
A great team effort, a great team performance and an indication of what can be achieved if these lads play for each other like that every game – bring on Stafford Rangers Wednesday night in the Walsall Senior Cup, 7.45pm at Queen Street – see you there!
Article taken from Bilston Town’s official Facebook account. (C) Bilston Town Community