Tipton Town 1 AFCW 0 (JW Hunt Cup)

A young AFC Wulfrunians side slipped out of the JW Hunt Cup at the first round stage after a 1-0 defeat away at Tipton Town as Mark Cartwright’s 37th minute goal proved to be the only goal of the game.


Wulfs handed a ‘second’ debut to the returning Jamie King and he went close to making an immediate impact when he headed a Naz Timar cross over the bar in the 4th minute.


Timar was the creator once again as his low, near post cross was volleyed just wide by Jordan Harrison.


Tipton had a great chance to open the scoring when Ebenezer Marango latched on to a Lewis Worsey and shrugged off his marker only to be foiled by the outstretched leg of Wulfs keeper Tom Tipton.


The home side did take the lead eight minutes before the interval. Jonny Patrick delivered a long, diagonal free kick into the area and Cartwright rose highest to loop a header over the keeper and into the net.


That lead could have been doubled a minute before the interval when Marango broke clear but was again foiled by keeper Tom Tipton.


Wulfs came out firing at the start of the second half and went close to an equaliser when substitute Ravel Wallace exchanged passes with Mitch Evans before firing a shot onto the face of the crossbar.


Evans then had a chance to level after being put clean through by King but he fired across goal but wide of the far post.


There was a heart in mouth moment for Wulfs keeper Tom Tipton when he had to deal with a high hanging cross from Worsey. Back peddling he managed to push the ball on to the outside of the post.


King then missed a good opportunity to level when he shot wide with just the keeper to beat after being put clear by Stanley Anaebonam.


Tipton had weathered the storm and could have extended their lead on a couple of occasions. First when Marango put a free header over the bar following a corner and then when the same player was put clear but saw his shot well blocked by Tom Tipton.


FINAL SCORE: Tipton Town 1 AFC Wulfrunians 1.