Dunkirk 1 AFCW 2

A resilient performance, despite being down to 10 men, saw AFC Wulfrunians record an impressive 2-1 victory over struggling Dunkirk. Dave Asbury was given an unfortunate red card after 38 minutes, but Wulfs managed to hold on for victory.

 

The hosts had gone ahead after just three minutes; Liam Garner arrived in the penalty box to meet Dexter Atkinson’s low cross and he placed it firmly past Danny Tipton.

 

Wulfs were awarded a penalty five minutes later when Craig Gregg was brought down by Jan Yeomans. The defender picked up a yellow card and Jake Sedgemore converted the subsequent penalty as he sent Jordan Fell the wrong way.

 

Andy Thompson put the visitors ahead shortly after. Gregg played a great ball to him behind the defence and he turned the defender brilliantly before smashing his effort in off the bar.

 

Just a minute later he had the chance to extend his side’s lead. Sedgemore’s header found him clear of the defenders but Fell made a good save with his feet to deny him.

 

With seven minutes until half-time, Asbury received his marching orders after bringing down Danny Carey-Bertram as he bore down on goal- although there was minimal contact it was enough to send the striker tumbling.

 

Thompson had yet another chance two minutes after the interval. Jordan Perks’ shot was blocked, falling to Thompson who shot just wide from 10 yards.

 

Wulfrunians defended extremely well in the second half, with Dunkirk only having a clear chance in the final minute. Kieran Whalin delivered a cross which Phil Massingham leapt to meet, only for his header to cannon back off the crossbar and be cleared.

 

Yeomans was sent off for the hosts with a minute to go after he picked up a second booking for fouling Mike Robertson but the points had already been secured at this stage.

 

Wulfrunians now move onto a huge clash with Birmingham City at the Castlecroft Stadium on Tuesday night in the Birmingham Senior Cup.

 

AFC Wulfrunians line up: Tipton, Perks, Jones, Sedgemore, Asbury, Talbot, Gregg (Robertson 87), Rose-Laing, Thompson (Howells 68), King (Haynes 93), Palmer.

 

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