10/12/16 15:00 Bilston Town 1 Willenhall Town 2
A poor start from the home side eventually proved their undoing as they fell to the Lockmen in the Keyway Classic.
2-0 down inside the opening ten minutes at a soaking wet Queen Street gave the Steelmen a mountain to climb and whilst they pulled one back through Dan Elwell the second goal just would not come.
Ben Holden saved a penalty just before half-time to keep the score at 2-1 and when the visitors were reduced to ten men with around 20 minutes to go it seemed it would be an all out assault on the Willenhall box.
Lewis Archer was denied by the keeper and saw another effort flash across goal with Todd Perry also seeing an effort come back off the post and with a couple of headers high, wide and handsome, Bilston generated enough opportunities to pull level.
That said, the visitors also struck the post late in the first half and saw an effort from close range somehow lifted over the bar but it was left to the referee to have the final say over a tough local derby in poor weather.
Todd Perry and Luke Davies were both dismissed along with former Bilston player Jamal Pinnock after a scuffle in the centre of the pitch – with most people unaware who had done what, it was left to the match officials to determine just which players will now make a contribution to the FA’s Christmas Party fund and saw the last 5 minutes played with just 9 a side.
The final game of 2016 is at Black Country Rangers next Saturday before a return to Queen Street in January.
A big thank you to all who donated to the food appeal, your kind donations will make a huge difference to those in our community who need our help and support at this time of year.
Article taken from Bilston Town’s official Facebook account. (C) Bilston Town Community