Stouport Swifts 2 AFCW 2

AFC Wulfrunians let a two goal lead slip and were forced to settle for a point away at ten man Stourport Swifts. First half goals from Demetri Brown and Kyle Brady, plus the early sending off of Swifts captain Sam Beasley, seemed to have Wulfs cruising to victory but a terrific second half fight back from the hosts put paid to that.


Wulfs got off to an ideal start by taking the lead in the 8th minute. A left wing corner from Jake Sedgemore was cleared back out to the Wulfs skipper, he played a low ball in to Brown who swivelled and fired low into the far corner of the net.


Joe Robinson then went close for the home side with a low, long range effort that had keeper Liam Stanton sprawling across goal to tip wide for a corner.


The home side were reduced to ten men in the 27th minutes when Beasley’s rash tackle was deemed dangerous by the referee who promptly showed him a straight red.


It got worse still for the home side as Wulfs extended their lead eight minutes before the interval. Jake Webb burst forward over halfway before slotting a neat pass through to Brady who made no mistake with a low shot into the bottom corner.


Brady then had a great chance to increase the lead shortly after the restart when he was put clear by Sedgemore but this time he was foiled by the outstretched toe of keeper Dominic Richards.


This proved to be the turning point of the game as the ten men of Stourport began to take control of the game and pulled a goal back on 54 minutes when Robinson’s long diagonal free kick was headed home unchallenged at the far post by Matt Fulloway.


Swifts continued to push forward and went close to equalising on a couple of occasions, first when Aaron Lloyd was denied by a smart save by Stanton and then Andy Hudson suffered the same fate after being put clear by Lloyd.


Stanton then made the save of the game, somehow keeping out Alex Perry’s close range shot but the Swifts midfielder wasn’t to be denied as he found the back of the net with just two minutes left on the clock when he powerfully headed home Robinson’s right wing corner.


A draw was a disappointing result after being two goals ahead with a man advantage but credit to the home side for the way they fought back.


AFC Wulfrunians line up: Stanton, Perks, Caines, Sedgemore, Hill, McFarlane, Brown, Colley (McDonald 89), Brady (Grainger 70), Webb (Gregg 64), Barnes.


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