Bilston Town 2-1 Dudley Town

28/01/17 15:00 Bilston Town Community 2-1 Dudley Town

A game that was more a functional performance than the flamboyancy we’ve seen in the previous couple of games but, despite the lack of tempo or urgency we’ve become accustomed to, The Steelmen dominated the entire game – save the last five minutes – without ever needing to get out of second gear.

Perhaps that comfort zone was more damaging than it was good, as the cutting edge appeared somewhat blunt with a number of quality passages of play just lacking that ruthless finishing touch.

Matty, Taimoor and Lewis were a constant threat with Mohammed and Ross dictating in the middle of the park and, on numerous occasions, terrific interplay deserved a better finish.

It took thirty minutes before the deadlock was broken with Matty and Jake working well down the right side before Lewis stole a yard on his maker to slip the cross past the despairing keeper.

The second half was much of the same and, on the hour, it appeared the game was put to bed when Ross calmly stroked home from the penalty spot to double the lead.

Several chances were created after that but not taken and, when Dudley halved the deficit with five minutes remaining, converting a pinball situation in our box, it created a nervous last give minutes as Dudley suddenly sensed there was a point available.

We had to dig in and hold on to maintain the three points though, in truth, if only half our chances had been converted we would have won with ease.

Another three points, ten from a possible twelve now, some good football played in parts but it just highlights that the harder we work, the better we are.

On to Stone next week now – see you there!

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

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Dudley Sports 0-4 Bilston Town

21/01/17 15:00 Dudley Sports 0-4 Bilston Town Community

Another comprehensive away day where, despite a difficult pitch that cut up badly, the lads continued to plug away, played some great football and eventually got the result they deserved and but for an outstanding display by the Dudley keeper, the score could have been doubled or more.

Bilston dominated throughout with skipper Matty Barnett a constant thorn in their side down the right flank until injury saw him limp off midway through the second half.

By the time Mohammed Andrew put us ahead after twelve minutes their keeper had already denied Lewis with a smart save and he continued to keep the constant Bilston barrage at bay throughout the remainder of the half, though he was aided by the pitch, with the players constantly having to dig the ball out of the mud to shoot!

The second half saw no easing of that pressure and after ten minutes Lewis got the goal he deserved, outpacing his marker to calmly slot past the advancing keeper.

Pleasingly there was no let up in tempo and pressure as Mohammed was bossing the middle of the park and relishing the fact, winning every tackle, bringing the ball away to set up further Bilston attacks and, from one such move, Neville capitalised to fire home past the over-worked Dudley keeper.

Still there was no let up and great work between Keighnan and Ryan saw Lewis supply the finish to a slick move for his second and our fourth.

Once again the tremendous travelling support, including John Rooker from South Wales, far outnumbered the home contingent and were rewarded with yet another proud display of Bilston craft ‘n graft (and the blue away kit maintains its magic yet again!)

The lads were a pleasure to watch again today and momentum is building nicely as we approach the tail end of the season.

Dudley Town are the visitors to Queen Street next Saturday with an old players re-union in the bar at 1.30pm, prior to the game – see you there!

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

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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.

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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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