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A late goal from Craig Gregg salvaged a point for AFC Wulfrunians against Westfields in a tightly contested game which could have seen the result go either way. Craig Jones had earlier put the visitors ahead with a curling free kick but Gregg’s strike nine minutes from time saw the points shared.

 

Wulfs started the game the better side, Jake Sedgemore’s ambitious volley from long-range floated just wide, but it was Westfields who eventually took control and the best chance of the early exchanges- Jones’ effort from the edge of the area was well saved by the legs of the impressive Danny Tipton.

 

Gregg almost opened the scoring on the half-hour mark, he chipped the ‘keeper after being played through by Andy Thompson, only to see his effort headed off the line by Phil Glover. At the other end, Westfields saw a chance of their own hooked off the line: Josh Hunt managed to get past Tipton after a mix-up in defence, only for Dave Asbury to recover and deflect the shot away for a corner.

 

Tipton again kept Westfields at bay, tipping another of Hunt’s efforts round the post. He was, however, beaten by Jones’ brilliant free kick 15 minutes after the interval, he stepped up and curled it round the wall leaving the ‘keeper with no chance.

 

The introduction of Jake Webb on 65 minutes changed the game for Wulfrunians, giving them more width and pace on the counter attack, whilst also allowing them to be more direct on the break. Webb almost made an instant impact when his excellent cross was palmed away moments before it was about to be pounced upon by Gregg.

 

Westfields had the chance to put the game to bed 13 minutes from time but Jamie Cuss mishit his effort from six yards which put it wide of the almost empty net.  They were made to pay for not taking their chances when Gregg added his sixth goal of the campaign in the 81st minute. Brad Lawley headed the ball powerfully into the box, Asbury rose to flick it on before Gregg chested it down and fired it in from close range.

 

With three minutes remaining, Wulfs can have Tipton to thank for their hard work not being undone. He made a fantastic double save to deny first Cuss, then Hunt from close range to keep the scores level and maintain Wulfrunians’ unbeaten start to the Midland Football Alliance.

 

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