AFCW 1 Tipton Town 3

AFC Wulfrunians slipped to a 3-1 defeat as they hosted a clinical Tipton Town side that took all but one of the chances that came their way. Lee Wherton, Marvin Nisbett and Ben Hadley got on the scoresheet for Tipton with Brad Lawley providing the goal that gave Wulfs a brief hope of a late comeback.


Wulfrunians started the game strongly; predominantly due to Scott Stevenson’s excellent deliveries from corners. He repeatedly put the ball around the Tipton goal and saw one delivery scrambled off the line after Nathan Rose-Laing had headed goalwards.


Jake Webb provided the brightest spark for Wulfs in the first half, he was unlucky not to score as dribbled past four players, only for his final touch to be too heavy and run through to James Pemberton.


Ash Burd and Dave Asbury both had excellent chances to put the home side in front seven minutes before half-time. Burd’s flick with the outside of his foot was excellently tipped over by Pemberton and, from the resulting corner, Asbury smashed a header onto the post.


Six minutes before the break, Wherton put the visitors in front. Asbury had headed a cross out from the box and the midfielder took it down well with his chest before firing an effort which rolled past the outstretched fingertips of Danny Tipton.


Their lead was doubled after 49 minutes, Mensah Kinch threaded Nisbett in behind the defence and he coolly slid the ball under Tipton.


If it wasn’t for Danny Tipton, however, the lead could have been even greater. Jordan Archer’s powerful header was only just pushed onto the post because of the fantastic reflexes of the ‘keeper.


The visitors’ final goal came as the result of an extremely quick break after Webb had a very strong claim for a penalty turned down. Within seconds, Hadley had broken down the left-hand-side and dribbled past two players before slotting the ball into the corner.


It was a combination of two substitutes that led to Wulfs pulling a goal back with 17 minutes remaining. Webb’s cross was headed across goal by Mike Robertson and Lawley stretched to beat the ‘keeper to the ball and poke it in.


Lawley had Wulfs’ only other chance as he saw his powerful free kick turned away but the visitors held on through the late stages to seal the victory.