AFCW 1 Cradley Town 4 (MFC)

Facing Cradley for the second time in four days, this time in the Midweek Floodlit Cup, AFC Wulfrunians made nine changes to the team that started on Saturday.

 

The opening stages of the game were fairly even and Wulfs had the first real chance when Gary Fitzpatrick played a superb diagonal ball to David Howells but his first touch was a bit too heavy allowing keeper Matt Jones to race out and smother the ball.

 

Another good chance saw Danny Crudgington’s corner headed goalwards by James Skedgel and Alan Wilkes flicked the ball on from close range but just over the bar.

 

Cradley took the lead with their first real effort on goal in the 28th minute. Nathan Jones delivered a low free kick in to the near post where Will Tibbetts swept the ball past keeper Chris Ryan.

 

It got worse still for Wulfs as Cradley doubled their advantage five minutes later when Sean Williams galloped on to a throughball before squaring across goal for Nathan Jones to sidestep and slot home.

 

Nathan Rose-Laing had a chance to pull a goal back when he ran on to Crudgington’s pass and held off his marker before firing wide of the far post.

 

If Wulfs were hoping to stage a comeback in the second half, they made things even more difficult by conceding a third goal in the 48th minute. Will Tibbetts attacked down the left before playing the ball inside to Matt Bailey who curled a shot in from just outside the area.

 

It almost got worse for Wulfs when Nathan Jones delivered another good free kick into the area and Chris Gleadow headed over from close range when he should have done better.

 

Wulfs grabbed themselves a lifeline 12 minutes from time when Skedgel headed home Crudgington’s left wing corner at close range.

 

Any hopes of a comeback were dashed six minutes later when Nathan Jones ran on to a ball over the top and held off his man before squaring for Tibbetts to fire in from the edge of the area.

 

The final chance of the game fell to Wulfs in the last minute when Wilkes’ reached Fitzpatrick at the far post and he controlled well but fired over from close range.

 

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