Willenhall Town 1-2 Sikh Hunters
By Aaron Muffett
Hunters rich vein of form continues
Sikh Hunters maintained their recent rich vein of form with a come from behind 2-1 victory against Willenhall Town on Saturday.
Hunters' starting line up was unchanged from the 3-1 victory against Tipton Town seven days previous although there was a couple of changes on the bench including recent signing Jay Hewitt who eagerly awaited his debut.
The away side had the better of the opening exchanges despite the difficult conditions of kicking into the considerable wind before Willenhall started to get a foothold in the game, battling and attempting to upset the visitors' rhythm. The home side duly took the lead and Hunters only had themselves to blame. A misplaced pass by Tyrone Atkinson led to Connor Archer giving away a free kick in a dangerous position. The ball was whipped into the box and as Hunters failed to deal with it, a Willenhall player stabbed the ball home from close range for the opening goal.
Lifted by the goal, the home side had their tails up and despite not creating many more chances themselves for the remainder of the half, they also managed to restrict Hunters' attacks with Chris Adamson solid in the home goal. Hunters did manage to create one clear cut chance just before the interval when leading scorer Justin Nisbett wasted an easy chance from close range when it seemed harder to miss than score.
Into the second half and a change of shape at half-time, coupled with the visitors now having the advantage of the conditions, seemed to catch the home side cold and Hunters were soon level. Hinesh Patel made a strong run down the left hand side of the penalty area before cutting the ball back to the edge of the box where captain Sanjay Malhi was waiting to drill home first time.
It was now all Hunters but it looked like being one of those days as chance after chance went begging, including two efforts off the woodwork, one from Dan Jones off the post and the other from another close range Nisbett effort. To the visitors delight, the thoroughly deserved winning goal finally came with five minutes remaining as Ashley Smith used a Jones run down the right as a decoy as he cut inside on his left foot before unleashing a thunderous effort with his left foot which had too much for Adamson who got a hand to it but couldn't stop it nestling in the net, sending the away fans into raptures.
Hunters are back in action on Tuesday, at what action it promises to be as Wyrley United make the short trip across Long Lane in the League Cup, kick off at 7:45.