Basford United 2 AFCW 1

Stuart Hendrie’s late winner condemned AFC Wulfrunians to defeat away at league leaders Basford United. Craig Gregg had earlier given Wulfs a deserved equaliser after Aaron Webster had fired Basford ahead from the penalty spot.


Wulfs thought they had taken a first minute lead when Dave Asbury fired home from close range, only to be denied by an offside flag.


The all-action start continued with the home side going close when defender Dan Fletcher hit a speculative 40 yard strike that flew inches wide of the target.


Wulfs hit back with Mike Robertson shooting just over from 20 yards and Jamie King doing the same from an even better position following good work out wide by Ryan Talbot.


The best chance of the half fell to Wulfs two minutes before the interval when Craig Gregg received the ball with his back to goal and rolled his marker before firing over from just inside the six yard box.


At the start of the second half, Mike Robertson saw his low 35 yard shot tipped around the post by the keeper before Basford opened the scoring in the 55th minute. TJ Nightingale turned in the area and was pulled down allowing Aaron Webster to net from the resulting penalty.


Wulfs continued to push forward and got their reward with a 64th minute equaliser. Scott Stevenson’s corner was half cleared to Dan Parker who chested down before firing low into the bottom corner of the net from twelve yards.


King then went close to giving Wulfs the lead. Gregg provided superb hold up play out wide before picking out King who charged to the edge of the area before striking a shot just wide of the target.


It was Basford who netted the all-important winner nine minutes from time when a cross was half cleared to Stuart Hendrie and he fired home low from just outside the area.


Ruben Wiggins-Thomas had the opportunity to extend the lead when he got in behind the Wulfs defence and rounded the keeper but he rolled his shot wide of the open goal.


He was almost made to pay for this three minutes from time when sixteen year old Joe Thomas, only just thrown on as a late substitute, found himself clean through on goal but home keeper Martin Kearney was out smartly to block his shot.


Wiggins-Thomas then fired into the side-netting from a narrow angle but Basford had already done enough to secure the three points.


AFC Wulfrunians line up: Brown, Jones (Thomas 85), Talbot, Asbury, Hill, Parker, King, Howells, Gregg, Stevenson, Robertson (Haynes 85).


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