Smedley Crooke Memorial Cup – Round 2.

2nd Round: 11/01/17: 19:45: Coton Green 2-2 Bilston Town Community (2-3 Penalties)

Bilston continued their run of spirited away performances last night, coming from behind before going through with a penalty shoot out victory.

Jayden McCalla gave The Steelmen the ideal start, netting after ten minutes, as Bilston got out the blocks early and looked the better side in those early exchanges.

Coton equalised before half time, with both teams unhappy with some strange refereeing decisions and despite some decent chances, it was Coton who took the lead midway through the second half.

This saw the usual Bilston response as the kitchen sink was deployed as we went in search of the equaliser, urged on by the wonderful Orange Army!

With time running out and the hosts wasting as much time as possible, Ross, Jayden, Roland and Lewis all went close to scoring before Lewis, with minutes remaining, netted the deserved equaliser and almost won it in the dying seconds.

In the penalty shoot out, Ross, Lewis and Jake all netted but hero on the night was Karl Frankham, who saved three of the five Coton penalties to see The Steelmen through, 3-2.

Another never say die display from the lads, another great show of support from the Orange Army and a home tie in the Quarter Finals to look forward to.

Well done to Scott and the lads, and huge thanks to the Orange Army.

Article taken from Bilston Town’s official Facebook account. (C) Bilston Town Community

NB: Bilston were removed from the competition for fielding an illegible player during this cup tie.

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Bilston Town 5-0 Wellington

14/01/17 15:00 Bilston Town Community 5-0 Wellington

Urged on by nigh on 100 vociferous Villa fans, who we hosted prior to them travelling to Molineux, the lads responded to that support by the most complete display we’ve seen all season.

This type of performance has been seen in patches all season but today we saw a 95 minute display of nigh on perfection, against a good team sitting 4th in the league and scoring goals for fun.

Todd and Luke, reunited at the back, were immovable objects, Roland was unplayable all afternoon, ably assisted by Jayden and Matty, with Ross again pulling the strings.

To the delight of the on-loan support, Matty finished off some great work from Roland to open the scoring after 10 minutes, which Roland doubled before half time with some magic of his own.

Matty sniffed out any hope of a comeback, minutes after the break, with his second and our third and just after the hour, Roland made it 4-0.

But Jake Pain’s goal, minutes before the end, was sublime.

The lad broke from right back, carrying it 50 yards before slipping it infield to Roland, whose deft flick cut out two defenders for Jake, who’d continued his run, to collect and slide beneath the advancing keeper, rounding off a tremendous afternoon both on and off the pitch.

If Carlsberg did football clubs………!

Great support again today, rewarded with a great performance and result.

Well done to Scott and every player involved.

Article taken from Bilston Town’s official Facebook account. (C) Bilston Town Community

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Cradley Town 2-2 Bilston Town

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

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Bilston Town 1-2 Willenhall Town

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

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Shifnal Town 3-3 Bilston Town

03/12/16 15:00 Shifnal Town 3 Bilston Town Community 3

BILSTON SHOW THEIR STEEL

Another outstanding display from Bilston again yesterday against a very physical, direct Shifnal side.

Once again, despite coming from behind on three occasions to share the spoils, three points would have been a fair return rather than the one we actually got but we emerge from a seriously tough run of away games with a six point haul, which everyone should be proud of, both players and supporters.

Bilston started brightly, with some attractive football creating a couple of good openings, one was saved, the other wide but it was evident that we had the ability to open this defence up while, in contrast, Shifnal offered little but long or high balls into the area, hoping their physical presence would reap rewards.

Frustratingly, exactly that ploy saw them take the lead, against the run of play, with a deep cross from the right resulting in a header at the back post looping over Ben to nestle in the net.

Bilston continued to take the game to Shifnal, with Roland causing chaos every time he ran at them, and from being stopped by a scything tackle that resulted in a free kick and caution we got the deserved equaliser. Ross took the kick and, with everyone geared up for a far post ball, he played a low ball to the near post where Todd Perry had made the run and his flick outfoxed everyone to level the scores.

With half time approaching, and the game getting ever more frenetic, Shifnal grabbed a second, another high ball into the box was again converted and, though their tactics were a mixture of basic and brutal, it appeared to gain them the advantage with us going in at half time trailing 1-2.

We were back on level terms virtually straight from the restart with Roland opening the defence with a perfect pass for Jayden to get in behind and he calmly slotted past the advancing keeper.

Now it was all Bilston with both Roland and Billy denied by great saves from the keeper but he eclipsed even those stops with an unbelievable save from Jake Pain’s goalbound header, with Jake already wheeling away to celebrate when he somehow clawed it to safety.

Shifnal were now getting ever more desperate in their challenges and it was no surprise when they were reduced to ten men when their six feet five striker tried to pick a fight with our four foot six Rivaldo – brave that?!

Shifnal again took the lead when a long looping cross dipped onto the crossbar and deflected back into play, falling kindly for them to net a third but, again, the new found determination saw The Steelmen roll up their sleeves and when Jayden again linked up with Roland to open up the defence, a third equaliser was never in doubt, and never more deserved.

Once again, a committed, gritty display – not short of quality, against an ugly antagonistic opposition (especially their captain’s haircut!) and every lad can reflect on a full shift with pride as, once again, our wonderful travelling Orange Army were rewarded for their incredible support by a display that matched their pride in this wonderful football club.

A huge week ahead now with a trip to Newcastle Town in the Staffordshire Senior Cup on Tuesday night, followed by the Keyway Classic next Saturday when Willenhall provide the opposition – see you there.

Article taken from Bilston Town’s official Facebook account. (C) Bilston Town Community

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Pegasus Juniors 0-1 Bilston Town

19/11/16 15:00 – Pegasus Juniors 0 Bilston Town Community 1

A single strike from Dan Elwell, fifteen minutes into the game, secured a fully deserved three points for The Steelmen at high flying Pegasus, which is never an easy place to get points from.

If Dan’s goal decided the outcome, the game was won by fourteen players who chased and harried every ball, contested every challenge and ran themselves into the ground for ninety six minutes.

This was the Bilston we’ve seen more and more of this season, a Bilston team proud to represent the Club, who outworked Pegasus, outfought Pegasus, and ultimately outplayed Pegasus.

We’re midway through a tough run of games but having taken a point at Wolves Sporting, deserving of a point last week against Malvern and having now taken all three points (and kept a clean sheet) at Pegasus, the lads can look at themselves and feel rightly proud – with the magic formula being the harder we work, the better we are!

In the opening ten minutes, Jayden twice went past his full back to get in good crosses, then on fifteen minutes, a through ball to Dan tempted the keeper to leave his box to clear but Dan, chasing hard, blocked the attempted clearance and ran the ball home.

Debut ‘keeper, Ben Holden fielded any balls into his area, with Luke and Todd in unbeatable form to protect him from any serious attempts on goal.

Billy and Rivaldo, two of the smallest players on the pitch, were huge in their selfless running and harassing, allowing Ross to dictate the play in the middle of the park.

Every player, whether mentioned by name here or not, played their part in securing our first ever points against Pegasus – home or away.

As the game closed out, we saw Corey Ensor come on to make his debut and it was also the first ‘official’ outing for Jack Weaver, our very own ‘Bilston Bear’ mascot!

A final mention – and thank you – to our wonderful travelling supporters who, again, helped the lads over the line with their vocal and encouraging support – it really is appreciated.

Onto Wednesday now with a league cup tie at Queen Street with Black Country Rangers the visitors before we get back on the coach for a trip to Ellesmere next Saturday – see you there!

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