Tividale 3 AFCW 1

AFC Wulfrunians endured a frustrating, and ultimately disappointing afternoon as they slipped to a 3-1 defeat against basement side Tividale.


It was the Oldbury based side’s first win of the season and meant that Wulfs dropped into the relegation zone.


Things didn’t start too badly for Wulfs with Jamie King seeing his shot from a narrow angle tipped wide after good work from Craig Gregg, Jake Webb and Kyle Brady had put him in the clear.


Gregg the fired over the bar after being set up by King before Tividale stunned the visitors by grabbing the opening goal in the 18th minute. Jacob Wedderburn’s long ball forward was well controlled by Dan Smith who turned neatly before curling a shot into the top corner of the net from 20 yards out.


Wulfs were thankful to keeper Liam Stanton for keeping the score down to one after he pulled off a terrific close range save to deny Joe Bates getting a debut goal after being picked out be Lewis McPike.


King then had a glorious chance to level the scores just before the half time interval when Stanton’s long goal kick put him in the clear but he was denied by a smart save with the foot by keeper Luke Kriskinans.


King went close again just after the restart when he ran on to Webb’s throughball and rounded the keeper only to see his goalbound effort cleared off the line.


This proved crucial as Tividale extended their lead in the 58th minute. Smith was again on target after he fired home after Stanton had made a good save to deny Bates.


The three points were as good as sealed for the home side on 74 minutes when McPike found the target with a superb long range shot that went in off the underside of the crossbar.


Wulfs grabbed what proved to be a mere consolation a minute later when Jake Sedgemore put Kyle Brady in the clear and he fired low past the keeper.


Substitute Jamie Hunt had a late chance for Tividale but he mis-hit his first time effort.


AFC Wulfrunians Line up: Stanton, Gregg, Caines, Sedgemore, McFarlane (Ray 61), Barnes, Webb, Ellis, Brady, King (Nesbitt 73), Rose-Laing (Robinson 61).


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