Haughmond 3 AFCW 1

AFC Wulfrunians slipped to their third straight defeat as they went down 3-1 away at Haughmond. Nicky Turton levelled the scores in the first half but that proved only a consolation as the home side added two further unanswered goals in the second half.

 

Haughmond started very brightly and went ahead in the 3rd minute when Joe Parry danced past two defenders before firing past debutant keeper Jamie Bostock.

 

Bostock then singlehandedly kept the home side at bay. He produced a superb double save, first pushing Scott Ryan’s shot on to the post before foiling Parry from the rebound.

 

The young keeper then produced another fantastic save, this time to deny Kevin Renshaw when he looked certain to score.

 

Wulfs’ first attempt at goal came on the quarter hour mark when Jake Webb received a pass from Mitch McDonald before screwing his shot wide of the target.

 

Bostock was back in the thick of the action, tipping a Carl Rogers shot over the bar before Renshaw flicked a first time effort just wide of the target.

 

Totally against the run of play Wulfs found an equaliser in the 26th minute. McDonald’s ball into the area was half cleared into the path of Turton and he casually rolled home from ten yards.

 

Bostock preserved the parity with yet another great save. Renshaw’s deep cross was headed powerfully by Sean Jones but the young keeper somehow managed to tip the ball on to the bar.

 

Wulfs then had a couple of chances to take the lead in the final minutes of the half. First Jordan Harrison was inches away from converting Webb’s low ball into the area and then Sam Jones got down well to save a Turton effort.

 

The second half started the same way as the first, with Bostock making a great save to deny Parry before Wulfs started to get a hold of the game with Harrison seeing his effort cleared off the line.

 

The game turned again when Haughmond were awarded a 63rd minute penalty which Steve Hole, who had only been on the pitch for two minutes, converted with ease.

 

As Wulfs reeled, the home side extended their lead shortly after when George Carpenter broke to the byline before squaring across goal to leave Ryan with an easy tap in.

 

Hole then missed a great chance to make it 4-1, skying an open goal over the bar but it didn’t matter as the home side had already done enough to secure the three points.

 

FINAL SCORE: Haughmond 3 AFC Wulfrunians 1.