Loughborough Uni 3 AFCW 4

A thoroughly entertaining game saw AFC Wulfrunians edge a seven goal thriller at the impressive Loughborough University Stadium. The Students twice took the lead but an own goal along with strikes from Jamie King, Jake Sedgemore and Mitch McDonald secured the points for Wulfs.


Things didn’t start well as Loughborough took a fourth minute lead when Jack Poxon’s fierce swerving free kick from out wide on the left deceived keeper Danny Tipton and went directly in.


It took Wulfs just eight minutes to reply as Sedgemore’s superb inswinging corner went in via an unfortunate deflection off Loughborough defender Josh Dickens.


The home side regained their lead in the 20th minute when Ben Ward-Cochrane was rashly brought down in the area before picking himself up to score from the penalty spot.


Five minutes later and the scores were level again. Some superb tem play culminated with Nathan Rose-Laing providing a slide rule pass through to King and he calmly slotted past the keeper.


The entertainment continued as Wulfs went ahead for the first time in the 36th minute. King had been fouled twenty-five yards out and Sedgemore scored directly from a trademark free kick.


Loughborough came out firing at the start of the second half with the pace of Alun Webb causing particular problems but, against the run of play, Wulfs extended their lead in the fifty-seventh minute when McDonald pounced on some defensive hesitancy to score from a narrow angle.


Danny Tipton then saved well from Ward-Cochrane before Wulfs began to take control of the game once again with substitute David Howells seeing his thirty yard dipping shot superbly tipped over the bar and Rose-Laing and King spurning glorious opportunities to put the game to bed.


These could have been costly misses as the pace of Webb looked to have given Loughborough a lifeline as his run into the area was halted illegally by Tipton who was sent off in the process. King took over between the posts and although he saved the initial penalty from Ward-Cochrane, the striker netted from the rebound.


A frantic final eight minutes saw Wulfs hold on with the only ‘Boro chance falling to Andrew Bridge but his tame shot from the edge of the area was easily claimed by King.


AFC Wulfrunians line up: Tipton, Perks, Jones, Sedgemore, Talbot, Asbury, McDonald, Palmer (Howells 74), Thompson (D Brown 64), Rose-Laing (Bood 83), King.


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