AFCW 0 Bromsgrove Sporting 1 (Lge Cup)

AFC Wulfrunians slipped out of the Polymac Packaging League Cup after a narrow 1-0 defeat at home to high-flying Bromsgrove Sporting. A quality first half strike from Sporting striker Jason Cowley proved enough to see the visitors through to a third round tie at home to Littleton.


It was Sporting who dominated the early exchanges but they were met by a resolute Wulfs defence. The visitors first effort at goal was a Sean Brain shot that brought a good save from keeper John Bateman with his outstretched foot.


The pressure finally told as Sporting took a 29th minute lead thanks to a moment of quality from striker Cowley as he cut inside from the right along the edge of the area before firing low into the bottom corner of the net.


Sporting continued to dominate and looked to extend their lead. First skipper Sam Wills sent a free kick over the bar and then Cowley ran at the Wulfs back line before unleashing a shot that appeared to be saved, although a goal kick was given.


A half time change for Wulfs, with Craig Gregg replacing Owen Eggington, and a change of shape saw the home side come out for the second half with much more purpose.


Shortly after the restart Mitch McDonald broke down the right wing before playing a dangerous low ball across goal which was just cleared away as Callum Parker looked set to score.


Sporting were next to threaten as Wills was put in the clear but his shot was well saved by Bateman with Liam Spink firing the rebound into the side-netting.


At the other end, Nicky Turton produced a good turn before firing a 20 yard shot just past the post and Turton then turned provider, cutting back to Parker who shot over from just inside the area.


Wulfs final chance of an equaliser came when Jake Webb fired a shot straight at keeper Reece Francis who collected at the second attempt as Sporting deservedly booker their place in the third round.


FINAL SCORE: AFC Wulfrunians 0 Bromsgrove Sporting 1.