BILSTON TOWN 4 WOLVERHAMPTON SC 2
West Midlands Regional League Premier Division
Saturday 7th February 2015
STEELMEN BACK TO WINNING WAYS
Bilston hosted near neighbours Wolverhampton Sporting on Saturday, and for almost an hour were the perfect hosts, allowing Sporting to establish a 2-0 lead, with the home side hardly raising a shot on target, despite dominating most of the possession.
The game started well enough for Bilston, with debutant Jake Webb firing a shot into the side neting after just five minutes, and from a fifteenth minute corner Hayes saw his effort cleared off the line.
All of that early pressure though brought no rewards, and Bilston had a warning after 25 minutes when a long ball forward found James Quarry in on goal, but his snatched shot flew high and wide.
Just two minutes later a similar direct ball saw Bilston 'keeper James Gettings colide with Delaney to concede a penalty, which Quarry duly converted.
Despite Bilston controlling possession, Sporting's long ball tactic continued to create problems in the home defence, with Delaney the main beneficiary, though he failed to capitalise on several occasions.
HT : Bilston 0 v 1 Sporting
Nick Turton came off the bench to start the second half for Bilston, and his arrival almost brought immediate rewards, his first minute effort beinging a great save from the Sporting keeper, but within two minutes, another long ball saw Delaney on the end of it to score and put Sporting 0-2 ahead, and five minutes later another similar move saw a Delaney 'goal' ruled out for offside.
Bilston were still dominant in possession, and finally got some reward on the hour, Scott Sandland worked the ball down the right flank and his teasing cross was met by the onrushing Turton to halve the deficit, and within a minute The Steelmen were level, Turton upended in the box, Leon Pugh converting the penalty.
That goal turned the game on it's head. and despite Quarry forcing a tremendous save from Gettings, it was all Bilston, and with fifteen minutes remaining, Jake Webb hit an unbelievable shot from 25 yards that dipped in under the bar to give Bilston the lead, amd just two minutes later the result was sealed, Turton again felled in the box, and though Pugh's penalty was parried by the keeper, Liam Morris netted the rebound to complete an impressive come back.