Wulfs slip to odd goal defeat

MIDLAND FOOTBALL LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER 2019
NEWARK FLOWSERVE V AFC WULFRUNIANS
 
AFC Wulfrunians made the long journey to Newark Flowserve for their Midland Football League Premier Division match. Newark are riding high in the league and it promised to be a tough afternoon for the Wolverhampton side.
 
A word of praise to the Newark groundsman who, despite the recent atrocious weather, had produced a pitch that was in perfectly playable condition.
 
The game kicked off with a boisterous atmosphere provided by a large home crowd which also included a fair sprinkling of away support some of whom had travelled with the team on the team coach.
 
Immediately Newark showed their intent, playing a very direct style to their big attacking strike force.
 
AFC keeper Tom Turner was very soon called into action and it looked like he could expect a very busy afternoon.
 
Newark thought they had taken the lead on ten minutes but an offside flag ruled it out but one minute later Kyle Dixon fired home from the edge of the box to put the home side ahead.
 
AFC showed their determination and responded well and five minutes later were all square. An excellent cross field pass by Jake Evans was helped across goal by Aaron Bishop and turned into the Newark net at close range by Dominic Dell.
 
The remainder of the first half was all Newark with their number 10 Greg Smith causing particular problems with his close control and physicality
 
On the half hour he thought he had won a penalty but the referee awarded a free kick to AFC for simulation.
 
By a combination of good fortune, poor finishing, determined defending and an outstanding display by the AFC keeper, the two sides got to the interval all square, AFC needed the break more than Newark as the away side needed to regroup.
 
HALF TIME: NEWARK FLOWSERVE 1 AFC WULFRUNIANS 1
 
The second half was a far more even affair and it was AFC who had the first clear chance with the Newark keeper called into action however the early good work was undone when AFC conceded a penalty on the edge of their box that was confidently converted by Ben Hutchinson.
 
The game now swung the way of AFC and the introduction of the pacey Jumaane Meggoe created a new problem for the home side and in particular their number three Sol Miller who was struggling to cope.
 
AFC were now knocking on the door and their cause was helped with a sending for Miller following two yellow cards in rapid succession.
 
As the final whistle approached Newark were holding on and an equaliser looked on the cards but AFC ran out of time and had to make the long return to Wolverhampton empty handed but in good spirits having put in an excellent second half performance.
 
FINAL SCORE: NEWARK FLOWSERVE 2 AFC WULFRUNIANS 1