Stamford 4 AFCW 1 – FA Cup

Wulfrunians’ FA Cup run was halted at the Second Qualifying Round stage as they were beaten 4-1 by Lincolnshire based Evo-Stick Premier Division side Stamford. In a game where the score line by no means represented the performance of the two sides, a Ryan Robbins hat trick meant that it was Stamford who progressed to the next round.


The game got off to a nightmare start for Wulfs; an attempted defensive clearance ricocheted in to the path of Robbins allowing him to break through and he rounded ‘keeper Danny Tipton before firing in with just four minutes gone.


Wulfs settled into the game more as the half went on, however it was Stamford who had the next scoring opportunity. Shawn Richards saw his effort rebound to Robbins- whose shot was blocked by Dave Asbury and somehow managed to only strike the post.


Asbury made sure that Wulfs’ control of the game paid off on 38 minutes, he met Jake Webb’s cross with a header that looped over Andrew Stevens in the Stamford goal and into the back of the net.


Robbins added his second of the game from the penalty spot when Nathan Jackson was dubiously penalised for handball in the box. An attempted flick by Robbins struck the arm of a defender, but it was from such a close range that it was impossible for him to evade it.


Scott Stevenson had the chance to equalise for Wulfs on the stroke of half-time, his powerful strike from the left floated past the outstretched hand of Stevens and just past the post.


Wulfrunians came out for the second half much the better side- the introductions of Brad Lawley and Andy Thompson gave them much more aerial presence- but they couldn’t convert their domination of the ball into chances to score.


It was with 12 minutes left that Robbins, with another penalty, completed his hat-trick and confirmed Stamford’s victory. Asbury lunged in on Robbins in an attempt to prevent him from scoring, but he could only bring him down and Robbins didn’t need any invitations to score his third of the game, his second penalty.


Tipton saved Wulfs from conceding again with six minutes to go, some good link up play between Richard Wesley and Jordan Smith meant that he had to pull off an impressive stop with his feet. However, Tipton could do nothing to prevent Richards from completing the host’s victory, he broke clear from the tiring defence and coolly slotted the ball past the ‘keeper.


AFC Wulfrunians line up: Tipton, Griffin, Burd, Palmer, Jackson, Asbury, Webb (Piggott 82), Rose-Laing (Lawley 69), Gregg, Stevenson, Howells (Thompson 69).


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