Dudley Town 1 AFCW 3

AFC Wulfrunians came back from a goal down to pick up a vital three points after a 3-1 victory away at seventh place Dudley Town. Dreniz Bala had fired the home side ahead just after the half hour mark but second half strikes from Tom Piggott and Kyle Brady, added to a superb overhead kick from Mike Robertson at the end of the first half, secured the win for Wulfs.

 

A cold, biting wind and tricky playing surface made things difficult for both sides and the game offered little to warm up the crowd in the opening half hour. A Grant Joshua tame free kick and Danny Ludlow’s shot over the bar were all Dudley had to offer while Wulfs chances were limited to a Jake Sedgemore free kick tipped wide by keeper Aaron O’Malley and a Tom Piggott shot wide of the target.

 

The game finally sprang to life as Dudley broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute when Joshua’s deep ball into the area was played back in first time by Ludlow for Bala to volley home from 10 yards.

 

Wulfs responded and grabbed an equaliser three minutes before the interval when Robertson challenged for Tom Griffin’s high ball into the area before producing a superb overhead kick finish which gave the keeper no chance.

 

It got better still for Wulfs as they took the lead five minutes into the second half when Andy Thompson muscled on to Jordan Perks’ long ball before cutting back for Piggott to fire home.

 

Robertson and Perks both went close to extending Wulfs’ lead before substitute Brady finally made sure of the points four minutes from time. Thompson put pressure on Ludlow before nipping in to intercept his short back pass. Although the keeper brought the big striker down just outside the area, Brady was on hand to fire the loose ball into the empty net.

 

The win lifts Wulfs up to fourth place, three points behind leaders Lye Town.

 

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