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West Midlands (Regional) League, Premier Division
Saturday 25 January 2020
Shifnal returned to something like their early season form with a comprehensive victory over an in-form Bilston side that has been scoring goals for fun. Shifnal had most of the early play and should have taken the lead after 15 minutes. Jordan Uppal made a fine run down the right, and his low cross found Jay Holdcroft 5 yards out, but he somehow contrived to put the ball over the crossbar. 2 minutes later, Tom Hill beat two defenders to a through ball, enabling him to hook the ball over Zack Stretton, only to see it come back off the upright. A set-piece brought the opening goal on 20 minutes; Brad Sharman’s left-wing corner was fired into the net at the near post by JAKE LLOYD. The visitors started to come into the game after the goal, and Kevin Nickle’s cross from the right was headed wide by Jamal Fuller. Bilston came closer to an equaliser in the 34th minute when some sloppy defending let in Adam Garmson, but his 20-yard drive was narrowly over the crossbar. The hosts picked up again, and Angelo Franco’s quick thinking nearly brought about a goal on 38 minutes, when he spotted Stretton off his line, but his 45-yard effort passed just the wrong side of the upright. Moments before the half-time whistle, Holdcroft was felled in the penalty area, but Hill let the visitors off the hook by steering his spot-kick wide.
Shifnal came out after the break looking to extend their lead, and did so in the 54th minute. A superb through ball from Sharman found HILL, who deftly turned it past Stretton. With the visitors reeling, Shifnal put the game out of reach with another goal on 58 minutes. Holdcroft did well wide on the right, and his cross was met at the far post with a firm header by DANIEL LLOYD.
SHIFNAL: Jake James, Jordan Uppal, Jordan Jones, Sam McCarthy (Rees Wedderburn 75mins), Daniel Lloyd, Ben Perks, Jake Lloyd, Brad Sharman, Tom Hill, Jay Holdcroft (Kyle Montague 75mins), Angelo Franco (Jamall Pinnock 82mins).
Subs not used: Brad Smith; Craig Radford.
Cautions: McCarthy (62mins); Perks (87mins).
BILSTON: Zack Stretton, Jordan Smith-Williams, Jamal Fuller, Jamie Elkes, Lee Smith, Matty Barnett (Lukman Darboe 86mins), Remi Birch, John Dodd (Chad Birch 50mins), Adam Garmson, Kevin Nickle (Alex Cameron 49mins), Elliott Hartley.
Subs not used: Alex Brogan; Josh Smith.
Caution: Garmson (12mins).
Attendance: 110.
Referee:  James Clements (Norton Canes). Assistant referees: Tim Gregory (Aqueduct). Gary Webster (Brierley Hill).
Shifnal Star Man: Daniel Lloyd.