Tividale 2 AFCW 1

AFC Wulfrunians were extremely unfortunate not to come away with at least a point as they clashed with table-toppers Tividale. The game’s decisive moment came when Mitchell Plows converted a highly controversial penalty after 59 minutes.


Tividale started the game quickly, taking the lead after two minutes. Christopher Fields won the ball in midfield before playing Nathen Waite in behind the defence; Waite made no mistake as he rounded Danny Tipton and tapped the ball in.


Waite had the chance to double his side’s lead just eight minutes later, he skipped past two defenders before Tipton produced a fine save to tip it over. From the subsequent corner, Daniel Dubidat had his powerful effort blocked on the line by Jordan Perks.


The earliest action of the second half came when the penalty was awarded- Wulfs’ Dave Asbury tussled with Dubidat for the best position to claim the ball inside the area, only for the forward to tumble under Asbury’s pressure and win the hosts a very soft penalty. Plows was on hand to convert as he sent the ‘keeper the wrong way.


Jake Webb almost brought Wulfrunians back into the game with 20 minutes to go; some high pressing won the ball back deep in Tividale’s half but as Webb bore down on goal the ball took a horrible bobble which led to his shot flying wide.


Wulfs managed to pull one back with 11 minutes to go, Richard Palmer’s shot was tipped up in the air by Jack Hayfield, only for Asbury to rise above the surrounding defenders to head in.


Rich Golding had two chances in the final five minutes to level the game up and give the visitors the draw they almost certainly deserved. His first effort was a volleyed strike that Andrew Parsons hacked off the line. The final chance of the game came as Wulfs threw everyone forward, he had a volley from the edge of the area in the dying seconds but it didn’t have enough power and trickled just wide.


AFC Wulfrunians line up: Tipton, Sedgemore, Griffin (Robertson 70), Palmer, Golding, Asbury, Perks (Webb 61), Rose-Laing (Piggott 80), Gregg, Stevenson, Howells


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