Dunkirk 0 AFCW 1

It was a tough day at the office for AFC Wulfrunians, as they had to battle hard to grind out a 1-0 win over Dunkirk. The game was always going to be decided by a solitary goal, as neither side looked threatening going forward due to some impressive defensive efforts.


The hosts had the best of the early chances, as they came close within five minutes. Joshua Barker put Ashley Whitt in behind the Wulfs defence, but his shot was well saved by Josh Moreton, who tipped it round the post.


Wulfs’ best chance of the first half came shortly before the interval. A fantastic cross by Craig Gregg landed perfectly onto the head of David Howells, but the midfielder’s low header was pushed away by Ben Gathercole.


It was a keenly contested first half which lacked quality with Dunkirk’s Oliver Dyson shown a yellow card after he leapt into a challenge with Jordan Perks and Wulfs striker Joel Ayettey also going into the referee’s note book after a confrontation with Dunkirk centre half Jack Havron.


The visitors looked much more up for the challenge that Dunkirk posed in the second half, as they seemed to settle into the game. Ayettey ran dangerously at their defence before squaring a ball to Jake Webb, but the ball bobbled as he shot and it flew wide.


They eventually grabbed the winner with 12 minutes remaining. A poorly cleared corner fell to Craig Gregg 25 yards out and he hit a speculative effort that appeared to bounce over the line having come off the crossbar, but the goal was confirmed when the ball hit Gathercole’s body and rolled into the back of the net.


Wulfrunians will now move onto Saturday’s game against Heanor Town, where they will look to record consecutive league wins for the first time in 2016.


AFC Wulfrunians line up: Moreton, Perks, Sedgemore, Palmer (Ganderton 83), Jevons, Hunt, Gregg, Rose-Laing, Ayettey, Webb (Aulak 80), Howells (Minto 72).


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