Walsall Wood 1 AFCW 0

A solitary second half strike by substitute Drew Aiton was enough to condemn AFC Wulfrunians to their second defeat of the season at the hands of Walsall Wood. It was a game played in difficult conditions that did not lend themselves to free-flowing football, with neither side creating many chances as a result.

Two excellent saves by Danny Tipton kept Wulfs in the game during the first half. Ben Evans hit a powerful effort from long range but Tipton flew to his left and clawed out an effort that looked destined for the top corner.

 

The Wulfs shot-stopper then dived low to his right to keep out Corey Carrithers’ poked shot that was sneaking towards the bottom corner.

 

Wulfrunians’ best chance of the game came just after the interval. A great cross by Craig Gregg ballooned around inside Walsall Wood’s area, with a range of Wulfs players making attempts to latch onto it, but in the end nobody could apply the vital finishing touch.

 

The hosts took the lead with just over 15 minutes remaining, arguably against the run of play. Louis Taylor-Boyce picked the ball up on the right-hand side and whipped in a fantastic low cross which Aiton met with a first-time finish that was perfectly placed in the bottom corner.

 

Although Wulfs applied some pressure late on, Walsall Wood were the only side who had a clear chance in the final stages. A quick counter attack saw Joey Butlin find some space on the edge of the area, but Tipton was equal to his effort as he made another save.

 

Wulfrunians will look to bounce back when they host Sporting Khalsa on Saturday before a run that sees them play five away games on the bounce to begin February.

 

AFC Wulfrunians line up: Tipton, Perks, Sedgemore, Palmer, Jevons, Hunt, Gregg (Webb), Ganderton, Minto (Rose-Laing), King, Brady (Aulak).