Boldmere St Michaels 1 AFCW 0

Ten-man AFC Wulfrunians suffered their first defeat of the season as they lost 1-0 in an all-action encounter with Boldmere St. Michaels. Wulfs can consider themselves unfortunate as the game looked evenly poised until John Hill was sent off just after half time.


The first chance of the game fell the hosts’ way; Ross Clarke hit a powerful effort from long range but it smashed off the crossbar before being cleared.


Perhaps the best chance of the first half came for Wulfs after 19 minutes. A mistake by Adam Robinson allowed Chris Lait to break clear on the right hand side. He rounded the ‘keeper and squared to Ricky Anslow, but he fired just over from the penalty spot.


Wulfs took control of the game and went close again when Lait released Anslow but he couldn’t get sufficient power on his shot to beat the keeper.


Dominic Perkins could have put Boldmere ahead just before the break as he met Jack Westbrook’s cross, but his glancing header landed just wide of the post.


Shortly after the break, Wulfrunians were reduced to ten men as Hill was controversially dismissed for a second bookable offence. After being booked early on, his second yellow card came for a very harsh handball on the halfway line.


An excellent save from Danny Tipton prevented Wulfs falling behind to an own goal. Peter Gould delivered a cross from the right that Wulfs’ Ben Jevons attempted to head behind, but he could only force it towards his own goal. However, Tipton flew to his left and managed to claw it away from the top corner.


Boldmere took the lead with just five minutes remaining. Gould met a floating cross at the back post with a cushioned header that Gurpal Singh Mandair struck low and hard into the bottom corner.


Wulfrunians will have to pick themselves up from this disappointing defeat quickly, as they have a Bank Holiday double coming up. They continue their F.A. Cup run on Saturday as they host Romulus, before jumping straight back into action with Monday’s league game against Continental Star.


AFC Wulfrunians line up: Tipton, Perks, Rose-Laing (Ganderton 74), Sedgemore, Hill, Hunt, Lait, Palmer (Gregg 87), Anslow (Chatterjee 74), King, Jevons.


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