Alsager Town 0 AFCW 2 (FA Vase)

AFC Wulfrunians progressed to the Fourth Round of the FA Vase for the first time in their history as two goals in six minutes helped them to defeat Alsager Town 2-0. Despite the very tough conditions, Wulfs battled all the way through the match and were rewarded with a landmark win.


After a very even start to the game, the visitors went in front after 28 minutes courtesy of a rare goal from Rich Palmer. The midfielder won the ball in Alsager’s half and played it wide to Craigg Gregg before continuing his powerful run into the box to get on the end of the cross and force the ball past Chris Fletcher.


Another cross from Gregg led to Wulfs’ lead being doubled just a few minutes later. Although his original cross evaded everyone, Jamie King collected the ball at the far post, turned a couple of defenders and powerfully fired under the body of the ‘keeper.


A vital save from Danny Tipton on the stroke of half time meant that Wulfs maintained their two-goal advantage going into the break. Neville Thompson’s free kick looked destined for the bottom corner but Tipton did just enough to force it onto the post, with Michael Lennon then firing over from the rebound.


Ricky Anslow could have put the game out of sight for Wulfs shortly after half time as he latched onto a good ball by Kyle Brady, but the ‘keeper did well to keep his effort out.


Gregg almost added a goal of his own late on as he hit a speculative left-footed effort from long range, but Fletcher leapt to his left and tipped it over the bar.


Another key save from Tipton in the final few minutes ensured that Wulfs secured both the win and the clean sheet. Daniel Cocks went through on the left and hit a powerful shot, but the ‘keeper managed to make an impressive stop with his legs to keep it out.


Wulfrunians will now be eagerly awaiting Monday’s draw to see who their Fifth Round opponents will be, but their focus then returns to league football as they host Quorn on Saturday.


AFC Wulfrunians line up: Tipton, Sedgemore, Perks, Palmer, Hill, Waterhouse, Gregg, Brady, Anslow (Rose-Laing 80), King (Webb 80), Jevons.


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