AFCW 3 Wellington Amateurs 2 (JW Hunt Cup)

AFC Wulfrunians progressed to the second round of the JW Hunt Cup after an entertaining 3-2 victory over West Midlands Premier Division side Wellington Amateurs. A hat-trick from defender Callum McFarlane, all from set pieces, proved enough to edge Wulfs through.


Ams were the first to  threaten a goal when  Jake Lloyd’s long free kick into the area was flicked on by Kieran Buckley but Josh Moreton got down well to push the ball wide.


However, it was Wulfs who opened the scoring in the 9th minute when McFarlane climbed highest to thump home a header from Mitch McDonald’s corner.


Liam Armstrong then twice went close for Ams while Jake Webb forced a great save from Ben Czerepaninec at the other end.


Wulfs’ lead was doubled in the 27th minute and again it was McFarlane on the scoresheet. This time he out-jumped the keeper to head home a Jordan Perks long free kick.


Wulfs were now well in control with Kyle Minto firing a shot off the outside of the post but Ams dragged themselves back into the game on the stroke of half time. Armstrong’s fierce shot was well saved by Moreton but Buckley was on hand to bundle home the rebound.


This goal gave the visitors a big lift and they took the game to Wulfs in the second half with Ryan Guryn seeing his shot deflect just wide after good build up play by Buckley.


In a rare attack, King homed in on goal before seeing his low shot saved by the keeper after Minto had blocked an attempted clearance.


Shortly after Josh Thomas went close to finding an equaliser when he was put in the clear but Moreton denied him again.


It look as though Wulfs had secured their progression seven minutes from time when McFarlane completed his hat-trick with a far post tap in from a King free kick.


Ams refused to lie down and pulled a goal back a minute later from the penalty spot when Thomas fired home after Jacob Bull had been brought down but time ran out.


AFC Wulfrunians line up: Moreton, Perks, McFarlane, Palmer (Howells 36), Hill, Barnes, McDonald, Davies (Rose-Laing 71), Minto (Robinson 76), King, Webb.


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