BILSTON TOWN 4 SHIFNAL TOWN 6
WEST MIDLAND REGIONAL LEAGUE
Saturday 9th November 2019
The post-match talk should be about Shifnal Town going 12 points clear at the top of the Premier Division, Tom Hill netting his third hat trick in succession and more quality goals and football coming from all areas, but the game being what it is the feeling after was almost of defeat.
The game being on in the first place came as a surprise, the only one to survive in the division today gave Shifnal the chance to put further pressure on the chasing pack.
The Bilston programme welcomed the Town as Champions elect, a bit previous we felt, but for 95% of the game it was probably correct as the goals flowed regularly.
Tom Hill opened the scoring in the 16th minute, with a typical smart finish and soon after he had hit the post with another effort Bilston drew level, Kevin Nickle heading home.
A habit this Shifnal team seem to have though is not dwelling on a set back and shortly afterwards they were 3-1 up, Carlo Franco scoring on 26 & 36 minutes.
The second half began scrappily, it was freezing and wet in the stand let alone on the pitch but in a period of total dominance Shifnal raced into a 6-1 lead with goals from Rees Wedderburn on 59, Tom Hill on 65, and a Tom Hill penalty on 72 to complete another hat trick, this one probably his best of the last three due to the grief he gave to the Bilston defence all day.
The quality of the approach work and goals Shifnal are scoring are a pleasure to see with even opposition supporters saying how impressed they are.
Then came the final 5 minutes.
Bilston had shown during the game that they had a threat in attack and I’m sure they will cause most team’s problems this season and maybe it was Shifnal relaxing a little, a change of personnel or the lure of mashed potato and beans on offer we shipped 3 goals in quick succession and definitely looking for the final whistle.
So another consecutive league win in what could be a record sequence, we are searching the history books.
BILSTON:Richard Kennedy, Jordan Williams, Hayden Seymour, Christopher May, Trayvon Powell, Theo Llewyllyn, Matty Bennett, John Dodd, Kevin Nickle, Alan Cameron, Mike Noakes.
Subs. Dimitri Dunkley, Gardner, Sam Melia, Justice Campbell, Tyrease Brown.
SHIFNAL: Jake James, Jordan Uppal, Jamal Pinnock, Angelo Franco, Craig Radford, Jordan Jones, Jake Lloyd ( Ben Perks 65 Mins) Brad Sharman ( Sam McCarthy 72 Mins), Tom Hill (Ben Novis 76 Mins,) Kyle Montague, Rees Wedderburn.
Subs not used: Ashley Bellingham, Ryan Hadley.
Cautions: Kyle Montague (foul play 81 Mins)
Shifnal Star Man: Tom Hill.