Kirby Muxloe 1 AFCW 2

Craig Gregg’s fifth goal of the season ensured AFC Wulfrunians extended their unbeaten start to the season with a 2-1 victory away at Kirby Muxloe.


They got off to the perfect start, taking the lead in the opening minute when Jake Sedgemore’s dangerous cross into the middle was turned into his own net by Kirby defender Adam Hohn.


The home side enjoyed the better possession in the opening stages but it was Wulfs who went closest to adding to the score, first when Sedgemore curled a free kick just over and then when Gregg’s low shot was collected by keeper Elliott Shilliam at the second attempt.


Kirby’s first sight of goal came when Steffan Chilton put Ryan Seal in the clear but his attempted chip was collected by Danny Tipton at full stretch.


The home side’s bright attacking play was rewarded in the 37th minute when Chilton won possession and fed Nathan Jones who in turn released Seal and he held off a challenge before slotting past the keeper.


Seal then fired a low 25 yard shot straight at Tipton as the teams went in level at the break.


Wulfs came out stronger at the start of the second half and went close when Nathan Jackson sent a raking ball out left to Mike Robertson who cut inside before firing a low shot back off the foot of the post.


Wulfs’ enterprise was rewarded as they regained their lead and again they were given a helping hand. Scott Stevenson’s attempted through ball was intercepted by defender Bryn Statham but his back pass was too strong for keeper Shilliam and Gregg nipped in to force home the loose ball.


This is how it stayed until a frantic final couple of minutes. First, Kirby went close to equalising when substitute Nathan McIntosh showed terrific pace down the left before cutting back for Seal to hammer in a shot which was saved superbly at close range by Tipton.


From the rebound Wulfs broke straight up the other end with Andy Thompson skipping past Statham before being brought down for a penalty. Unfortunately Sedgemore’s spot kick was well saved by Shilliam but Wulfs had already done enough to pick up a good three points.


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