Bala makes all the difference for Robins

First published in Football

CROATIAN striker Dreniz Bala came off the bench to transform Dudley Town’s fortunes against Cradley Town.

Bala had been the victim of a bad tackle during Dudley’s 5-3 mid-week success over Trysull in the JW Hunt Cup.

Robins manager Andy Wyton said: “He turned up for the game against Cradley and I didn’t quite know what to do with him, so I left him on the bench.

“I brought him on in the second half when we were level at 1-1 and he completely changed the game by holding the ball up.”

Rob Whitley had given Dudley the lead but Chris Bladen levelled for Cradley by half time.

Dudley stepped up a gear in the second half and scored through Rion Francis-Mills, Adam Callinswood and Craig Stevens to seal a 4-2, Ross Love sending a late Cradley effort into his own goal.

The same teams must do it all again this Saturday when they meet at the Dell Stadium with a place in the next round of the FA Vase at stake.

Wyton was under no illusions when he said: “We need to win, nothing else. We owe it to everyone involved with Dudley Town.

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