Match Report - Third away game of the season
Bilston Town 1 - 1 Black Country Rangers
BCR headed for their third away game in succession as they faced off against a Bilston side that have invested well in their squad this summer with some excellent additions. BCR started the game slowly and were struggling to get their usual passing game flowing instead resorting to clips into wide areas.
A neat passing move after five minutes did however see Elliott Skelding released down the right hand side and his pull back was perfect for the on rushing Smith who just couldn't get the ball out of his feet and Bilston eventually cleared their lines.
It was however the home side that broke the deadlock as Bilston's new forward Dreinz Bala a summer addition from Cradley made a fantastic run and with a first time finish he lofted the ball over the on rushing Cox.
BCR tried to settle into the game but with debutante Dilano Reid having to be replaced due to injury it allowed former Bilston forward Lewis Archer the opportunity to come on and impress against his former club.
The equaliser followed half way through the first half when a miss placed from the Bilston back line fell to Lee Smith who put in a potential man of the match performance to go alongside his two impressive performances prior to this game, Smith showed great vision to slide the ball through to Hillman who produced a magnificent first time finish into the bottom corner taking the forward onto three goals in three games.
Karl Frankham in the Bilston goal did well to prevent an effort from Russell Garner as a well worked set piece saw the midfielder fire an effort at goal. It was Bilston that probably should have gone into the break with a lead as Two free headers from a couple of well worked set plays both sailed wide of the goal.
Half time: Bilston 1 BCR 1
At the half time break the BCR manager Jones was forced into another change when full back Jamel Fuller pulled up with a hamstring injury and didn't come out to resume the second half, Fuller was replaced by Shaquille Reid. It was a very short performance by full back Reid who started the half brightly but was then quickly shown two yellow cards in succession one for not wearing shin pads! The full back was given his marching orders much to the frustration of his team mates and manager.
The ever dangerous Kieran Clarke was surprisingly the player to make way for a more defensive change in Ross Clarke despite being a constant thorn in Bilston's side.
It was wave after wave of attack for Bilston but BCR stood firm and defended well, it was actually the away side that had the best chances to win the games when free headers for both Stuart Hillman and Daniel Forrest both missed the target with the goal gapping.
Nathan Jackson who put in a solid performance for Bilston created half a yard for himself and from 25 yards out he drilled a shot down the throat of Cox.
It was a tough second half for BCR but they managed to grind out a hard fought point to continue the unbeaten start to the season and chalk off another away game.
Full Time Bilston 1 BCR 1