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AFC Wulfrunians’ eight game unbeaten streak came to an end as they fell to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Westfields. A brace from Jamie Cuss and a Craig Jones penalty secured the points for the hosts, even though Craig Gregg’s goal for Wulfs had given them a scare at one point.

 

There were very few early chances, with Brad Lawley having the only substantial one for the visitors. He won the ball back well before beating two players, but his shot from the edge was straight at Matt Gwynne.

 

Westfields went ahead after 31 minutes through Cuss. He was played in behind Wulfs’ defence by Carl Morgan and survived an offside shout before poking the ball past Danny Tipton and rolling it into the open net.

 

Their lead could have been doubled five minutes before the break. Cuss latched onto a cross inside the six-yard-box but his close range effort flew well over the bar.

 

Liam Haycock had the chance to level for Wulfrunians after 48 minutes; his shot after cutting in from the left was palmed away by Gwynne.

 

Just four minutes later, Wulfs were made to rue their missed chance as Cuss added his second and doubled his side’s lead. He was again put in behind the defence, but this time he calmly lobbed the ball over Tipton’s head.

 

The game looked set for an exciting last 25 minutes when Gregg pulled a goal back. He was the first to react as Gavin Hurren’s free kick was pushed away and latched on to the rebound to fire it in.

 

Any hopes of a Wulfrunians comeback were ended 15 minutes later, however, as the hosts were awarded a penalty. Jake Sedgemore was adjudged to have brought down Jones and he picked himself up to fire the penalty into the corner to win the game for his side.

 

There was almost a final glimmer of hope for Wulfs in the dying seconds; Jordan Perks laid the ball off to Mike Robertson and his powerful effort rattled the crossbar before bouncing harmlessly away.

 

AFC Wulfrunians line up: Tipton, Sedgemore, Perks, Lawley, Golding (Brindley 73), Skedgel, Craner, Rose-Laing (Hurren 60), Gregg (Cooper 81), Haycock, Robertson.

 

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