AFCW 1 (4) Droitwich Spa 1 (2) (Lge Cup)

AFC Wulfrunians edged into the second round of the Polymac Packaging League Cup after a penalty shoot-out victory against MFL Division Two side Droitwich Spa. The game had finished level after 90 minutes with Mitch McDonald’s strike halfway through the second half cancelled out by an injury-time equaliser by Spa striker James Lemon.


The first half offered very little in the way of entertainment. Wulfs were first to threaten, with a helping hand, as Mitch McDonald’s low cross struck Spa defender Matt Hunt and flew goalwards but, fortunately for him, straight into his keeper’s arms.


Spa’s first effort at goal saw Brad Burgess lay the ball off to Lemon but his effort deflected into the grateful arms of keeper John Bateman.


Spa then had a better chance when they were awarded an indirect free kick for a backpass just ten yards out. Fortunately for Wulfs, John Batemen spread himself well to block Lemon’s goalbound shot.


Bateman was called into action again, to save a low skidding free kick while, at the other end, Jake Sedgemore fired a free kick just over the bar on the stroke of half time.


Wulfs came out better at the start of the second half. Matt Hunt’s ball up to young striker Callum Parker saw him produce a neat turn before having a shot saved with Jake Webb firing the rebound over the crossbar.


Rich Palmer then saw a shot deflect just over before Wulfs finally opened the scoring in the 65th minute. Webb did well on the right, cutting in past two men before squaring for McDonald to fire home from 10 yards.


The visitors didn’t give up and Sedgemore was twice required to make good recovering tackles to deny Haydn Morris and Dan Cottrill.


He could do nothing to prevent a 93rd minute equaliser though. Lemon raced on to a Burgess ball over the top, holding off a challenge before firing home through the keeper’s legs.


With no extra-time, the game went straight to penalties. Jordan Harrison was first to miss for Wulfs but Bateman saves from Lemon and Joe Mayo-Braiden gave Palmer the chance to send Wulfs through and he made no mistake.


Wulfs now face Bromsgrove Sporting at home in round 2 on Tuesday 17th October.


FINAL SCORE: AFC Wulfrunians 1 Droitwich Spa 1 (AFC Wulfrunians win 4-2 on penalties).