Darlaston Town 0 AFC Wulfrunians 3

A rotated Wulfrunians side managed to extend their winning streak to 12 games with a solid win over Darlaston Town. Kyle Brady netted a brace and Tom Piggott also scored as Wulfs recorded a routine victory.

 

The game started badly for Darlaston, two penalty shouts within the first five minutes were both met with yellow cards for simulation. It didn’t get much better for the home side as Wulfs looked the side more likely to score in the opening exchanges. Piggott fired over from Brady’s cross and Tom Griffin curled an effort from 20 yards just past the post.

 

Darlaston’s solitary first half chance fell to Ryan Bradshaw- he held off two defenders but his shot didn’t trouble Danny Tipton. Piggott had the clearest chance to open the scoring when Brady put him one-on-one with the ‘keeper, only for his touch to let him down as he attempted to go round Steve Booth.

 

Brady finally gave Wulfrunians the lead 10 minutes before the break when he knocked the ball over Booth from close range. Richard Palmer’s ball into the box had been headed towards Darlaston’s goal by defender Danny Martin, only for Brady to steal it as it dropped and allow himself the space to score.

 

Wulfs’ lead was doubled just one minute into the second half; Brady turned the provider as his ball into the six-yard box fell perfectly for Piggott to volley home. Brady continued to play a significant role in the game; he tested the ‘keeper with an effort from just outside the area before laying off Jordan Perks who volleyed just wide from 25 yards.

 

Bradshaw was again the only Darlaston player to trouble Tipton, this time breaking clear before going round him but his effort from a tight angle struck the post.

 

Brady wrapped up the game with a somewhat lucky goal 18 minutes into the second half. His attempted cross from the left-hand side caught the ‘keeper off-guard and ended up looping over him and into the top corner.

 

Wulfs’ joint manager Jon Purdie made a rare substitute appearance when he replaced the tiring Nathan Rose-Laing and it was fellow substitute Michael Robertson who offered the final action of the contest. His curling effort from range was palmed over the bar by Booth.

 

This win leaves Wulfs four points behind leaders Lye Town with one game in hand over their top of the table rivals.

 

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