Malvern Town 0 AFCW 2

Wulfrunians became champions of the West Midlands Regional League Premier Division- earning promotion to the Midland Football Alliance- after their 2-0 triumph over Malvern Town.

 

They didn’t make it easy for themselves with Lye Town’s result having to fall into Wulfs’ favour to secure the title. Wolverhampton Casuals overcame Lye and this meant that second half goals from Andy Thompson and Dave Asbury were enough to send Wulfs up.

 

The two sides had lead the chase for the title since the turn of the New Year and it went right to the wire with both teams playing their final games at the same time. Wulfrunians’ win means that they finished just one point above Lye- who were halted at the final hurdle by Casuals.

 

The game itself started with both defences in control, neither side could fashion a chance for themselves and it wasn’t until the 25th minute that a goal actually appeared likely. Wulfs’ Nathan Rose-Laing climbed to reach Kyle Brady’s curling cross, only to see his header strike the post and role wide.

 

Malvern forced a chance of their own shortly after; Dave Reynolds let the ball run across him to hold off a Wulfrunians defender before his left footed volley was brilliantly kept out by Danny Tipton.

 

The first half continued to progress in a dull manner, it was only the introduction of Thompson at half time that appeared to instigate Wulfs beginning to take the upper hand.

 

Only seven minutes after arriving onto the pitch, Thompson put AFC in front. Jake Sedgemore’s fantastic cross was headed across to Thompson by David Howells and he was on hand to apply a powerful volleyed finish.

 

Wulfrunians continued to apply pressure and Thompson was again involved in goalmouth action. Brady played him in one-on-one, only for his volley to be well tipped away by the ‘keeper.

 

Wulfs’ lead was doubled on 59 minutes, Jake Sedgemore’s corner was met by Thompson’s header which rebounded off the post but Asbury was on hand to force the ball home from close range and reaffirm hopes of a Wulfrunians victory.

 

Malvern had only one effort throughout the duration of the second period, Reynolds’ free-kick was blocked by the wall and fell to Lee Hooper on the edge of the area. Hooper’s effort bobbled around in the area before Tipton somehow forced it behind for a corner.

 

A fantastic performance completed a magnificent season for Wulfrunians, one in which they amassed a monumental 106 points and an unbelievable goal difference of 98. This final win saw them leapfrog Lye Town and snatch promotion from them, which will see Wulfs progress to the Midlands Football Alliance- another step higher up the Non-League Pyramid.

 

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