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AFC Wulfrunians bounced back from two defeats with their first ever win at Westfields. Goals in either half from Jake Webb and Nicky Turton, either side of an equaliser from James Febery, gave Wulfs a 2-1 victory that highlighted the great character that the squad possess.

 

Manager Steve Palmer started new signings Josh Rogers and Adam Robinson as well as giving a rare start to striker Jumaane Meggoe.

 

The home side were first to threaten goal with Jamie Molyneux firing over from a narrow angle on the left and Ban Hayes doing likewise from the other side of the pitch.

 

Wulfs’ first sight of goal came on the half hour mark when Craig Gregg’s cross from the right was headed out be Febery to Joe Daley who fired goalwards but, unfortunately for him, straight at the keeper.

 

It was Wulfs who opened the scoring six minutes before the interval from the penalty spot. Meggoe was nudged in the back as he closed in on a far post cross and Webb converted from the resulting penalty.

 

Wulfs were thankful to debutant keeper Rogers for preserving the lead on the stroke of half time when he tipped Mark Magee’s long range shot over the crossbar.

 

The second half started with both sides putting dangerous balls into the penalty area. First Webb delivered a dangerous cross for Wulfs which was inches too high for Meggoe at the far post while at the other end, Craig Jones flashed a superb ball across goal that somehow eluded every onrushing Westfields attacker.

 

Jones then tried his luck at goal with a 25 yard free kick that Rogers did well to tip over the bar.

 

Set pieces were causing Wulfs problems and it was no surprise that Westfields grabbed an equaliser via this route when Febery headed Sam Mendes’ corner back across goal and into the far corner of the net.

 

This was now a test of character for Wulfs but they responded in the best possible way by regaining the lead in the 79th minute. Turton nicked possession in his own half before running half the length of the field and placing a shot past the keeper and into the bottom corner of the net.

 

Westfields piled on the pressure late on and went close to a second equaliser four minutes from time when Sam Plane’s cross from the left was headed back across goal by Molyneux but his effort struck the top of the crossbar.

 

Wulfs saw out the final few minutes to secure the three points with their 11th league win of the season, eight of which were by a 2-1 scoreline.

 

FINAL SCORE: Westfields 1 AFC Wulfrunians 2.