Wulfs’ Bank Holiday blinder

MIDLAND FOOTBALL LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

MONDAY 26TH AUGUST 2019

AFC WULFRUNIANS V WALSALL WOOD

 

AFC Wulfrunians welcomed near neighbours Walsall Wood to Castlecroft for the August Bank Holiday fixture on a very hot afternoon. Due to injuries and holiday the AFC squad was down to the bear bones, so it could prove to be a tough afternoon.

 

Walsall Wood dominated the early stages and AFC had their keeper Connor Hopkins to thank for keeping them level with a string of fine saves.

 

The AFC defence was under constant pressure and as on Saturday Ben Jevons was in the wars needing attention after a clash of heads.

 

The first chance of the afternoon for AFC came on thirty minutes following a poor clearance from the Walsall Wood keeper but they were unable to capitalise and as play switched to the other end again Hopkins was again called into action making a fine double save.

 

The last ten minutes of the half was more even which gave the home fans more optimism for the second half.

 

HALF TIME: AFC Wulfrunians 0 Walsall Wood 0

 

The second half was a different story with AFC dominating the play. Walsall Wood were giving away far too many cheap fouls and it was no surprise when referee Paul Sparrow awarded the home side a penalty. Skipper Franco stepped up and struck the ball well but Wood keeper Riess Wagstaff pulled off a good save.

 

The free kicks continued, and Walsall Wood number four Ashley Bellingham received his marching orders following a two footed tackle.

 

AFC made the extra man tell and great work by Chris Knight down the AFC left resulted in a cross which Chris Sterling fired into the roof of the net.

 

The game remained tense but a fine individual effort from Mat Johnson, firing home for AFC from the edge of the box, eased the tensions for the home side.

 

Walsall Wood fought hard but could not find a way through the resolute AFC defence.

 

A great result for Wulfrunians, building on the good work from Saturday. Team work paid off and the home crowd showed their appreciation at the final whistle.

 

FINAL SCORE: AFC Wulfrunians 2 Walsall Wood 0