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Smedley Crooke Cup – Round 1.

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An excellent first half performance set the Steelmen up for a surprise win over Smedley Crooke Cup favourites Lye Town at Queen Street.

The only step 5 side in the competition were more than matched by the home side with Seegu Sebbeh firing home from the spot and a cool finish from Jason Hewitt putting the underdogs 2-0 ahead.

Lye pulled one back before the break but the lead could have been more with a number of set pieces wasted and a Sufyan Zia free-kick going narrowly the wrong side of the post.

Early in the second half great work from Taimoor on the left set up Nathan Jackson to play a perfect pass off the crossbar (!) for Sebbeh to smash home his second and restore the two goal cushion.

Poor marking led to Lye pulling a goal back just before the hour and the home side had to dig deep to prevent an equaliser with Harry Radford making a couple of key saves when the defence were breached.

It was not all one way traffic though and Bilston could have added a fourth with Taimoor seeing a volley saved, Jackson firing wide when inside the box and Matty Barnett’s long range shot just clearing the bar.

As cup shocks go it was certainly not on the Ronnie Radford scale but Bilston showed they can compete with an experienced step 5 side – now just to extend the first 45 minutes to a full 90 on Saturday at Wellington!

Round two sees us host Pershore Town of the MFL Division One, a date will be advised as soon as we know.

(C) Article taken from Bilston Town Community FC’s facebook page.

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Dudley Town 1-7 Bilston Town

18/02/17 15:00 Dudley Town 1-7 Bilston Town Community

They say that it’s not a defeat that matters but how a team reacts to that defeat and, after the mauling received last week, the Steelmen showed real character to rout a bewildered Dudley side.

The hosts were simply worn down to the point of submission by the determined Bilston lads, urged on by the tremendous Orange Army.

A bright start was rewarded after fifteen minutes with a slick move putting Roland in on goal only to see him brought down before he could pull the trigger but, despite a bit of gamesmanship by the Dudley ‘keeper, Roland gave him no chance with the penalty.

That lead though, lasted just a minute, as Dudley applied a good finish to a right side move to level the scores and the next ten minutes saw Dudley have their best spell of the game, though they couldn’t add to that solitary goal.

On half hour, Jayden swung in a right wing corner, Todd got a flick to it and Luke was at the far post to slam the ball home to restore our lead and, just three minutes later, Aaron Hughes extended that lead hitting a screaming shot from 25 yards that crashed back off the bar, struck the keeper (who was still diving for the original shot) and nestled into the net – would be harsh to deny Aaron the goal after a shot like that (Eddie take note!)

The second half really was one-way traffic.

With confidence high, the lads really put some lovely football together and Roland got the killer fourth goal just before the hour mark and any semblance of resistance from Dudley faded from there on in.

‘Bully’ capped a great individual performance by going past his full back, cutting inside to beat another defender, then ‘megsing’ the keeper to make it five.

Jayden netted the sixth and Roland completed his hat trick in stoppage time.

A great response to our heaviest defeat of the season was to go out and secure our biggest win of the season which rewarded the traveling Orange Army who, again, turned out in numbers to cheer the lads on.

We actually have a home game next week, against Bridgnorth, hope to see you there.

Well done Scott and the lads – yet again, a pleasure to watch.

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

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West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division Team of January.

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

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February 21, 2017 · 7:02 pm

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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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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Bilston Town 3-1 Port Vale

19/10/16 19:45 – Bilston Town Community 3 Port Vale 1

Martin Foyle, Tony Naylor, Robbie Earle, Ian Taylor, Robin van der Laan, Robbie Williams…….your boys took one hell of a beating!

Okay, some may say it was only the Staffordshire Senior Cup and that it was only Vale’s youth lads but they are full-time footballers who train every day so the boys in orange had to dig deep to match them on the park.

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There is nothing that can be said that can take away the achievement tonight as every single lad in a Bilston shirt can be more than proud of being part of a historic victory here at Queen Street, we don’t often get the chance to face football league opponents and tonight we grabbed it with both hands.

Everyone played their part, a full shift for 90 minutes was required for the Steelmen to have any opportunity to stay in the game and each and every one delivered on a memorable night for the near 200 strong crowd.

Despite going a goal behind from a penalty with just over 20 minutes to go, the Orange Army swarmed into the 2nd round with Lewis Archer grabbing the equaliser after Ross Clarke’s free-kick caused chaos in the Vale box and then Jayden McCalla slotted under the advancing keeper to put the home side on the verge of victory.

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As the visitors pushed for an equaliser it was left for Kizza Clarke to lob the keeper as the striker advanced towards goal and the night was complete, another famous night in the club history.

The 2nd round gives us a trip to Newcastle Town which is scheduled for Tuesday 6th December although they have a league fixture that night so we are awaiting confirmation of the date.

Thanks to all who came to support the lads tonight, lets hope some of the new faces who came along will be keen to return after witnessing a truly disciplined performance on a big night for the club.

See you Saturday when Black Country Rangers head into town – 3pm the kick-off.

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

Images taken from Adji The Groundhopper (C) https://adjithegroundhopper.wordpress.com/

 

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