AFCW 1 Westfields 1 (FA Cup)

AFC Wulfrunians and Westfields will have to do it all again on Wednesday night after battling out a 1-1 draw at the CKW Stadium. Ben Hayes had fired the visitors into a 33rd minute lead but Kyle Brady levelled from the spot five minutes later.

 

Westfields had much the better of the opening exchanges with Chris Ham at the heart of everything they did. First he flashed a teasing ball across goal that just eluded strike partner Ben Miller.

 

Ham then had two efforts at goal, the first from a narrow angle was easily smothered by John Bateman and the second a low, long range shot that was again well dealt with by the Wulfs stopper.

 

Nicky Turton had the first attempt at goal for Wulfs, a 22 yard shot that was comfortably held by Kieron Blackburn.

 

Wulfs went closer still, from an unlikely source, when Matt Sysum’s attempted back pass eluded his keeper but, luckily for him, rolled just past the upright.

 

Ben Miller then tested the Wulfs keeper with a fierce, swerving shot before the visitors opened the scoring in the 33rd minute. Craig Jones delivered a pin-point crossfield ball to Hayes and although he was foiled with his first attempt, he followed up to roll the rebound into the empty net.

 

It took Wulfs just five minutes to find an equaliser. Some neat one touch football through the middle ended with Joe Daley being brought down in the area and Brady netting from the resulting spot kick.

 

The goal gave Wulfs some impetus and they came out firing in the second half. Craig Stevens was put clear by Brady only or a defender to get back and deflect his effort wide and then Brady hit a dipping shot that landed on the roof of the net.

 

At the other end Hayes saw his shot deflect just wide and Jones shaved the post with a low free kick.

 

Wulfs came back again and Brady had the keeper scrambling across goal to push wide his downward header from Turton’s cross.

 

Brady then had the final chance to nick the win when he cut in from the left and had his first shot saved before blazing his follow up effort over the crossbar.

 

FINAL SCORE: AFC Wulfrunians 1 Westfields 1.