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Smedley Crooke Cup – Round 1.

BILSTON TOWN 3 LYE TOWN 2

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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Stone Old Alleynians 2-2 Bilston Town

04/02/17 15:00 Stone Old Alleynians 2-2 Bilston Town Community

Another great away day display from The Steelmen where their determination and attitude saw them comeback from a harsh 0-2 scoreline to deservedly take a point in what was a great game of football to watch.

Stone are a big, well organised side and we played some good football to edge the first half but just couldn’t capitalise on the chances we had.

Lewis twice had opportunities to take us into the half time break in the lead, firstly charging down an attempted clearance from their keeper and heading the loose ball just wide, then, just before the break, a slick move saw him break free of his marker and with the keeper committed, Lewis lifted the ball over the keeper but wide of the post.

At that point it was an enthralling game to watch but too close a contest to actually enjoy watching – if that makes sense!!

Five minutes after the restart and the deadlock was broken, in Stones favour, when a deep corner was met with a looping header that lofted over everyone but under the bar.

Harsh, as we were playing as good a game as we have all season, but this is the ‘new’ Bilston, Steelmen with a capital ‘S’, and we raised the tempo still further so it was gutting that, just on the hour, despite all play being around the Stone goal, a long clearance from their keeper was headed on and then buried by their striker to double the lead – cruel in the extreme.

But, as already stated, this is the new Bilston and we simply upped the game again.

Scott threw caution to the wind, bringing on Jayden, Taimoor and new signing ‘Bully’ and, urged on by the fantastic travelling Orange Army, we went for the throat and, with fifteen minutes left, slick passing down the left saw a low cross met by Roland to halve the deficit – game on!

With Stone wasting time at every opportunity the referee made it clear at ninety minutes he would be playing over six minutes stoppage time.

Four of those minutes had lapsed when Matty, Roland and Bully linked up on the left with another low cross being hammered home by Taimoor to complete the comeback and earn a much deserved point with a great display of both ability and determination – proper Steelmen stuff!!

Most of the Orange Army hung around to applaud the lads rom the pitch after their warm down – a great show of unity all round.

A nice easy game next week, away to League leaders, Haughmond, see you there!

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

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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.

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

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