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Willenhall 1 Glapwell 7

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Glapwell striker Lee Gregory stole the headlines with a six-goal show that condemned bottom club Willenhall to a heavy defeat in the UniBond First Division South.

In swirling winds and driving rain, conditions were difficult for passing football. This was shown early on, as goalkeeper Neil West in the visiting goal was forced to punch clear after a clearance was helped towards goal by the wind.

Glapwell came close when Neil Grayson flicked a free-kick into the area and Lee Gregory saw his effort blocked by Steve Jackson.

On nine minutes the same two combined to give Glapwell the lead. Grayson played a lovely chip over the last defender to set Gregory clear to round Jackson before sliding the ball home.

The visitors continued to come forward with Justin Burdett putting Adam Kimberley clear but again Jackson was there to thwart the effort. But the goalkeeper could do nothing on 26 minutes as Glapwell went 2-0 up. A cross from the left saw Gregory in space on the edge of the area and his well-struck half volley found the bottom corner.

Willenhall started well in the second half and an excellent challenge by Alex Roofe saw him gain the ball in space and his 20-yard shot had to be tipped over.

After Grayson had gone close for the visitors it was Sam Wills' turn to disposes a Glapwell player and his 20 yard shot took a deflection before bouncing through to West.

But a minute later Glapwell effectively sealed the game by going 3-0 up. A free-kick on the edge of the area was curled into the bottom corner by Gregory. On 66 minutes the score was 4-0, as Gregory finished from inside the area.

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The Lockmen pulled one back when Rory Curtis met a Shaun Findley corner to steer home at the near post. Almost immediately, Kimberley rounded the keeper but could only shoot wide.

Glapwell went 5-1 up an 73 minutes as substitute Ian Brown shot home from close range and Willenhall's misery was compounded on 77 minutes, when Roofe was dismissed for two bookable offences.

Gregory added two more goals in the final 10 minutes, slotting home the first from 10 yards before converting a right-wing cross to net his sixth.

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