U18’s in Telford turnaround

AFC Wulfrunians travelled to the Bucks Head in search of revenge for the early season mauling they received at the hands of Telford at Castlecroft.


With a number of injuries, including that to top scorer Webb, and player unavailability, Manager Jon Purdie shuffled his pack giving a full debut to Leigh Brindley and pushing Jack Marsh into midfield.


Wulfs struggled to adapt to the impressive surroundings and Telford started the game well pushing Wulfs back in the early exchanges on almost taking the lead on nine minutes when a misdirected header from Pearson fell to Davies ten yards out but his shot hit the post with Ryan well beaten.


Two minutes later the same player was presented with another chance following a melee in the box but again his shot hit the foot of the post and bounced clear.


Wulfs were struggling to get into the game and only attacked sporadically and their best move saw Marsh shoot wide following good interplay with Brookes.


Telford were continuing to create chances and Jones headed wide when a cross from the right was inadvertently touched on by Whatton.


Eventually the goal Telford deserved came on 35 minutes when Green played in Smith on the right hand side of the box and he beat three defenders before calmly slotting the ball past the advancing Ryan.


Telford should have extended their lead on 43 minutes when Wulfs again failed to clear their lines and Smith shot over from eight yards, but Wulfs held on to go into the break fortunately only 1-0 down.


The half-time team talk clearly worked as Wulfs came out a different side after the break with the midfield duo of Turner and Purdie refusing to allow the Telford midfield to settle, and the whole team ensuring that the supply to the dangerous front two was cut off.


Wulfs began to dominate and a good move down the right saw Bright beat his man and cross the ball in to the area where Whatton shot just over.


Wulfs thought they had equalised when Bright again cut in from the left and crossed for Marsh to force home, only for the referee to blow for a handball in the build up.


Wulfs then changed their system replacing the impressive Brindley, and Gutteridge with Craner and Beese and finally got their reward on 75 minutes when Bright was fouled on the left. He took the resultant free kick and found Brookes who got in ahead of the defender and flicked the ball over the stranded keeper and into the net via the far post.


Wulfs now were in complete control and three minutes later a good move down the left saw Bright cross for Marsh who arrived at the far post ahead of his marker to beat the keeper with a diving header.


Wulfs continued to work hard and restricted Telford to a couple of long range efforts which Ryan dealt with comfortably, and ran out worthy winners following their excellent second half performance. 


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