AFCW 2 Lye Town 1

Goals from two former Lye Town players helped AFC Wulfrunians to a comfortable 2-1 victory, as their final game of the year offered a glimpse of what the team could be capable of in 2018. 
It was the visitors who initially took the lead, inside the first 10 minutes. Former Wulfs youth-teamer Alex Solomon floated a cross in from the right that was turned in at the back post by Ryan Rowe. 
Wulfs were level midway through the first half, as James Spray added a goal on his debut for the club. After being brought down 25 yards out, the attacking midfielder stepped up and curled the free kick excellently into the top corner. 
Another Spray free kick almost led to Wulfs taking the lead shortly after. His floated delivery from the right-hand side was met by Callum Parker, but the striker’s header cannoned off the crossbar. 
Lye were unfortunate not to go into half time ahead after a couple of great chances on the stroke of half time. First, John Bateman was on hand to excellently deny Rowe’s powerful effort and then Matt Hunt had to come to the rescue, as he hacked Solomon’s rebound off the line.
The hosts came out of the blocks quickly in the second half, and were ahead within 10 minutes. Substitute Jake Webb’s cross was headed at goal by Matt Hearsey, with Ben Jevons turning the ball in from close range after a goalmouth scramble.
Despite some late pressure from the visitors, Wulfs’ defence remained strong and restricted Lye to shots from long distance. Chris Knight came the closest, but his effort grazed the crossbar on its way over. 
Wulfrunians will look to take the momentum from this result into the New Year, with their first game coming next week as they host an improving Boldmere St. Michaels side.


FINAL SCORE: AFC Wulfrunians 2 Lye Town 1.