Stourport Swifts 1 AFCW 1 – FA Cup

A late goal from Craig Gregg earned AFC Wulfrunians an FA Cup reprieve after a scrappy 1-1 draw away at Stourport Swifts to set up a Preliminary Round replay at the Castlecroft Stadium on Tuesday evening.

 

Wulfs started the game brightly and knocked the ball around well but it was the home side who had the first chance of the game when Chris Morrison slid a neat ball through to John Griffin but his effort brought a fine save from Danny Tipton.

 

Griffin then headed over from the resulting corner and had another good chance shortly after when his attempted lob was deflected just wide by Tipton.

 

Tipton was called into action again as he made a terrific save from Calvin Dinsley’s low drive through a crowded goalmouth as the home side continued to dominate.

 

Wulfs’ first and only real effort of a poor first half showing came in the 37th minute when Mike Robertson’s 25 yard shot had keeper Haydn Williams at full stretch but the ball sailed harmlessly wide.

 

A half time change for Wulfs saw Richard Palmer replace Robertson and things did improve slightly but it was the home side who went close again when James Blake shot into the side netting from a narrow angle.

 

Gradually Wulfs began to show some attacking intent with Brad Lawley firing a shot just wide from the edge of the area and Palmer going closer still with a 30 yard dipping shot that skimmed the top of the bar.

 

Swifts responded well and shortly after Morrison had headed a Tim Jackson corner just over and Gary Walker had seen his low shot cleared off the line by Dave Asbury, they took a 67th minute lead. A cross into the area was contested by Morrison and Walker pounced in the loose ball to fire home through the keeper’s legs from 8 yards out.

 

Despite their disjointed performance, Wulfs continued to show great character and Gregg dragged a shot wide before they grabbed a crucial equaliser 11 minutes from time with a scrappy goal that was in keeping with the game. A right wing corner was kneed goalwards by Asbury, Lawley’s sliced shot was half stopped by the keeper but Gregg somehow managed to scramble the ball home from a yard out.

 

Substitute Leon Kandekore had a late chance to win it for Swifts but he slipped as he shot and the ball sailed well wide so the two teams will have to do it all again on Tuesday night.

 

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