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.
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.
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/