AFCW 0 Lye Town 1 (League Cup)

AFC Wulfrunians slipped out of the League Cup at the second round stage following a 1-0 defeat at home to Lye Town. Matt Johnson’s 8th-minute penalty proved to be the match winner for the visitors.


It started well enough for Wulfs and they should have taken the lead as early as the third minute when Kyle Brady nicked possession on the halfway line and bore down on goal before dragging his shot across the face of goal and wide of the far post.


This miss proved costly as the visitors took an 8th minute lead when Simon Williams’ burst into the penalty area was halted illegally and Johnson fired home from the penalty spot giving Matt Sargeant no chance.

Wulfs tried to hit back immediately with Brady shooting over and Jamie King firing wide of the target.


Lye went close to doubling their lead when Kevin Nickle’s shot took a deflection and rolled just past the post while Sargeant could only stand and watch.


Wulfs went close to finding an equaliser just before the interval when King went for goal with a 30 yard free kick which keeper Jake Belford clawed away from the top corner.


The second half began with a lot of effort but little in the way of chances being created.


The best chance of the half came in the 74th minute when a long free kick into the area was headed back across goal by Chris Waterhouse and Ben Jevons volleyed over the bar from close range.


Lye had a good opportunity to finish off the tie when Sam Tye delivered a good cross from the left and Scott Gennard’s instinctive header landed on the roof of the net.


Ricky Anslow came on for Wulfs and had an opportunity to level matters within minutes of coming on when he latched on to a good reverse pass from Craig Gregg but opted to square towards King but Williams just got their first. The loose ball fell back to Anslow who fired over the bar.


King had an opportunity to equalise with an injury time free kick but he slipped as he hit it and his effort flew well wide.