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AFC Wulfrunians picked up their third successive victory with a 2-1 win away at local rivals Sporting Khalsa.

 

It should really have been more comfortable for Wulfs, who had the benefit of a strong wind at their backs in the first half but a catalogue of missed chances kept Khalsa in the game.

 

Wulfs were on top from the start with Danny Crudgington firing over from distance before his 7th minute cross caused a bit of controversy when Dave Asbury claimed his header had crossed the line before keeper Craig Radford collected it. The linesman, more importantly, thought differently.

 

Dave Howells then saw his low drive from the edge of the area well saved by Radford, who made an even better save when he tipped Tom Piggott’s shot wide after the striker had been put clear by Scott Embrey.

 

Khalsa almost gifted Wulfs the lead in the 20th minute when Tom Griffin’s cross into the area struck Danny Carter’s head and rolled agonisingly past his own post with his keeper well beaten.

 

The Wulfs’ breakthrough finally came in the 35th minute. Embrey released Crudgington down the right and his cross was half cleared back to Embrey who picked out Nathan Rose-Laing and his shot deflected to Piggott who fired home from 10 yards.

 

With their first real effort at goal, Khalsa very nearly grabbed an equaliser within two minutes when Mark Habbershaw latched on to Danny Campbell’s pass and fired a fierce shot against the inside of the post.

 

After surviving this scare, Wulfs increased their lead three minutes before the interval when Jake Sedgemore’s wind assisted free kick from out near the left sideline flew directly in to the far top corner.

 

A 2-0 lead at half-time was by no means a match-winning one as Khalsa enjoyed the assistance of the strong wind in the second half.

 

After looking fairly comfortable for the opening stages of the second half, the game changed in the 59th minute when a free kick into the Wulfs area caused problems and Carter fired home the loose ball from 8 yards out.

 

The scores were almost level two minutes later when a slip in the Wulfs defence gifted Habbershaw a clear run at goal but keeper Danny Tipton stood up well before making a great save.

 

Sam Pearson then went close for Khalsa with a speculative 40 yard first-time shot that dipped just over the crossbar.

 

Khalsa’s last chance to snatch a point came via a free kick on the edge of the area eight minutes from time but his effort deflected off the wall and flew just past the post for a corner.

 

Wulfs held out to record third successive victory and now host Bewdley Town on Tuesday night at the Castlecroft Stadium with a 7:45pm kick off.

 

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