07/01/17 15:00 Cradley Town 2-2 Bilston Town Community
To come away with a point from ninth placed Cradley, who are enjoying a rich run of form, should be classed as a good point, well earned.
To come away with a point, knowing it should have been all three, is testament to how well the lads played today.
Yet again the wonderful travelling Orange Army were treated to a fully committed display from The Steelmen who, despite dominating the game throughout and playing some great football, had to come from behind twice to share the spoils with a determination that was matched only by their superiority.
The first half belonged to Ross Clarke, who pulled all the strings from midfield, spraying passes short and long all over the pitch. Roland and Jayden created havoc every time they ran at the defence, with Billy and Keenan always available to take those passes from Ross.
How we never got the goal we deserved remains a mystery but, with half time looming, Cradley took the lead when a rare breakaway saw them hit the post with their guy reacting quickest to the rebound to shoot home.
A cruel blow, to say the least.
The Bilston reaction was immediate and, with the ref ready to blow for half time, Roland broke free in the box only to be dragged down with Ross calmly despatching the penalty to level the scores for half time.
Cradley were reduced to ten men early in the second half, as their frustrations got the better of them, and a rash challenge was adjudged to be a straight red by the ref but despite that, they re-took the lead soon after with a goal that can best be described as ‘disappointing’ from a Bilston perspective.
But, as we’ve seen so often this season, cue a ‘kitchen sink’ job as The Steelmen rolled up their sleeves and raised the tempo to another level.
Matty moved into midfield to replace the injured Ross and constantly probed and harried, Billy was his terrier like best with Roland and Jayden looking a threat every time they got on the ball.
Still that goal wouldn’t come but, egged on by a fantastic travelling support, they kept on going and with minutes remaining Keenan cut inside from the left and was ready to pull the trigger only to have his legs taken from under him.
This time Roland stepped up and calmly sent the keeper the wrong way to level up for a second time.
Another away point, another away display full of pride, determination and no shortage of quality and another fantastic show of away support from the Orange Army – thank you.
Still unbeaten in our away kit this season it’s off to Coton Green Wednesday night in the Smedley Crooke Cup, see you there.
Article taken from Bilston Town’s official Facebook account. (C) Bilston Town Community