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