U18’s go nap to progress

Wulfs progressed to the second round of the Birmingham County Youth Cup, but were made to work very hard against a young Gornal Athletic side.

 

In a bright opening to the game, Gutteridge sent in a dangerous cross which was secured at the second attempt by Cooper in the Gornal goal while Pearson headed Wilkinson’s corner just wide at the near post.
 
Gornal were also lively and Garrington did well down the left and cut along the byline before going down under challenge but the referee waved play on.
 
Brookes and Bright then went close for Wulfs but it was the visitors who opened the scoring in the 31st minute when neat interplay down the right ended with Ball sliding a pass through for Pole to slide his shot through the advancing keeper’s legs.
 
The lead lasted just six minutes as Marsh did well in midfield before feeding Brookes who scuffed a shot past the keeper and into the bottom corner of the net.
 
Gornal hit back again and regained their lead five minutes before the interval when Pole returned the favour to set up Ball to drill home a low shot.
 
Again Wulfs hit back quickly with a second equaliser two minutes from half time when Gutteridge delivered a low ball across goal for Bright to guide home from close range.
 
The start of the second half failed to live up to the high intensity of the first half but the introduction of Jake Webb gave Wulfs added impetus and it was he who gave them the lead for the first time. Again Gutteridge was the supplier with another low cross that Webb drilled past the keeper.
 
Wulfs were now well on top and added a 4th goal in the 76th minute when Webb beat the keeper to Gutteridge’s long ball over the top only to be brought down for a penalty. Bright made no mistake from the spot to take his tally to 7 goals in his last 3 games.
 
Martin and Beese were introduced into proceedings and Wulfs made it 5-2 seven minutes from time. Inevitably Gutteridge was the provider but this time it was Martin who produced a neat finish at the near post.
 
Purdie went close to extending the lead when he rounded the keeper before screwing his shot wide from a narrow angle and Bright went close to securing his second hat-trick in eight days when his fierce shot crashed back off the crossbar but it didn’t matter as Wulfs had already done more than enough to ensure progression.

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