U18’s slip to Hinckley defeat

Wulfs excellent run of form of late came to a shuddering end with a 6-3 defeat at home to a very useful Hinckley Town side.


It almost started well when Mike Brookes nipped in to intercept an attempted back header but, although he stabbed the ball past the keeper, his effort didn’t have enough strength to beat the back-tracking defender.


Hinckley then served a warning when the overlapping Lloyd Gamble fired a shot across the face of goal but. In their next attack they took a 6th minute lead when a corner from the left was volleyed goalwards by James Hartland and the ball went in via ricochets of both post and keeper.


Wulfs upped their tempo slightly and found an equaliser in the 16th minute when Benji Gutteridge’s burst into the area was halted by an ungainly challenge and Ryan Bright netted from the spot.


Hinckley keeper Toby Knight was then tested by a 30 yard Brookes shot that skipped up just in front of him but he did well to push the ball away and claimed at the second attempt.


The vital second goal fell to Hinckley in the 27th minute. A great cross from the left by Harry Solomans was headed back across goal for Louie Gough to have a simple tap in at the far post.


The visitors then increased their lead in spectacular fashion in the 36th minute. A ball into the area was cleared out to Matt Stenson 30 yards out and he controlled and fired home with a 30 yard dipping volley.


Wulfs were forced into two changes at the interval with Rob Whatton and Harry Charlesworth coming on to replace injured duo Charlie Turner and Alex Haynes.


The next goal was vital and it came for Wulfs ten minutes after the restart when Liam Wilkinson won possession and fed Brookes who turned and fired home low from the edge of the area.


Jake Webb then fired just wide before Hinckley struck another body-blow in the 63rd minute when neat play between Gough and Solomons ended with Gough firing home his second of the game.


Wulfs refused to give up and reduced the deficit to one again five minutes later when Jake Webb delivered an excellent low ball in to the area and Benji Gutteridge headed home at the second attempt after Knight had saved his first effort at point blank range.


Any momentum Wulfs had was lost during a long break jn play when visiting keeper Knight picked up a nasty face injury after colliding with his own defender and had to be replaced by Will Highland.


Another Hinckley change, with top scorer Liam Canavan replacing Gough, paid huge dividends as the young striker netted two quick poachers goals to put the game out of Wulfs reach.


Despite the scoreline, it was another hugely entertaining game from which Hinckley thoroughly deserved their victory.


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