Walsall Wood 3 AFCW 4 – FA Cup

It took a goal in the last minute of extra-time from Tom Piggott for Wulfrunians to finally progress to the Second Qualifying Round of The FA Cup. In a game filled with controversy, Wulfs first took the lead through a Jake Sedgemore free kick after nine minutes but failed to capitalise on their early lead. Walsall Wood’s Scott Cooper was sent off with 20 minutes to go but his side managed to hold on until the final moments, when Piggott fired Wulfs into the next round.

 

The visitors got off to the stronger start but regular mistakes caused them to be denied a goal. It was only when Sedgemore curled a free kick around the wall and into the bottom corner that Wulfs were able to assert any control over the game.

 

Craig Gregg had the chance to double the lead just three minutes later when he was unmarked from a Piggott cross, only for his shot to fly wide.

 

Wood equalised on 26 minutes when Danny Tipton’s punch from a free kick fell straight to Lewis Taylor-Boyce who headed home from close range.

 

They took the lead just three minutes later, Taylor-Boyce played through Ahmet Bilgimer; his first effort was saved but his second found its way past Tipton after a deflection left him wrong-footed.

 

The introduction of Jake Webb at half time allowed Wulfs to change their formation which ultimately led to an upturn in fortunes. Webb was involved as Gregg levelled the scores by smashing the ball into the roof of the net after rounding the keeper.

 

The most significant moment in the game came after 71 minutes when Cooper was giving his marching orders for his denial of a goal scoring opportunity for Gregg – giving away a penalty in the process. Sedgemore converted the spot kick to give Wulfs the lead once again.

 

Wood’s equaliser came just five minutes from time; Nathan Jackson was dispossessed deep in his own half by Taylor-Boyce, who crossed for Harry Harris to smash home. They had the chance to finish the game with the final play of normal time, Bilgimer ran clear but his chip fell inches wide.

 

Both goalkeepers were involved in keeping their team in the game during extra time, but Mark Wiggin could do nothing to prevent Piggott firing home the winner. He got the ball from Brad Lawley’s header and held off two defenders before turning to fire Wulfrunians into the next round where they will face Evo-stick Premier Division side Stamford AFC.

 

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