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Shenstone Pathfinder lost to league leaders Black Country Rangers in a game they could and should have won.
Dale Anderson
The hosts started the game quickly and took the lead after 15 minutes when Adam Lightfoot made good ground down the right and crossed for Dale Anderson who took the ball on his chest and struck an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the net. With Pathfinder looking comfortable it was surprise when the visitors levelled on the half hour mark, but some sloppy defending by the home side contributed to the goal as they had three chances to clear the ball without succeeding before the ball was finally struck home past keeper Dan Clenton. With the scorels level at the interval Shenstone were poor in the opening minutes of the second half and were punished by some swift attacking by Rangers. A cross from the left saw Whitehouse head into his own net and then a mistimed tackle saw the ref award a penalty which was thumped home, despite the best efforts of keeper Clenton who got a hand to the powerful shot. A shell-shocked Shenstone took 15 minutes to get back into the game, but persistence from Rich Caddy in the box saw skipper Matt Jones head home to make it 3-2 with ten minutes to go. Pathfinder pushed hard for the equaliser but were punished by a counter attack late on. Shenstone’s next action sees them travel to Wolverhampton United next Saturday (September 11).