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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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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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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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Queen Street Grandstand 1991-92

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An image of Bilston Towns grandstand as it looked in 1991.

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