AFCW 1 Gornal Athletic 1

A battling 1-1 draw for AFC Wulfrunians in their final home game of the season was tainted by injuries to their two starting central defenders. They lost James Skedgel to an ankle injury after 35 minutes, before losing Rich Golding just five minutes later after he sustained a blow to the head.


The hosts went ahead through an own goal by Ross Love- after some good work by Jacob Craner- but, despite the excellent roles played by Brad Lawley and Gavin Hurren in deputising for the two injured defenders, Gornal levelled through Dreniz Bala with 10 minutes to go.


Wulfrunians’ makeshift defence managed to hold firm for the majority of the game- predominantly restricting the visitors to shots from range, such as Bala’s after 60 minutes, which didn’t really test debutant John Bateman in the home goal.


Craig Gregg should have put Wulfs in front after 61 minutes when he linked up excellently with Scott Stevenson. Stevenson played a beautiful ball behind Gornal’s back four but, even though he beat the offside trap perfectly, Gregg couldn’t quite get on the end of it.


Seven minutes later, however, the home side were ahead. Craner showed great skill to beat his man on the right, before delivering the ball into an awkward area for the defenders which resulted in Love turning the ball into his own net.


The introduction of Ravi Sangha for the visitors seemed to breathe new life into their attack and, if it wasn’t for a fantastic block by Leigh Brindley, he would have equalised just moments after coming on.


The increased pressure was too much to handle for Wulfs’ hard working defence and Gornal levelled with 10 minutes to go. Love chested a long ball into the path of Bala, who fired it across Bateman and in.


This game sees AFC Wulfrunians end their home campaign in the Midland Football Alliance with an impressive record- they picked up 11 wins and 7 losses, with 45 goals being scored in comparison to just 36 conceded. They now move onto to their final two games, in which they travel to Highgate United and then finish the season at Dunkirk.


AFC Wulfrunians line up: Bateman, Brindley, Perks, Palmer, Skedgel (Hurren 35), Golding (Rose-Laing 40), Craner, Lawley, Gregg, Stevenson, Robertson (Haycock 84).


Match photos can be viewed HERE


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