Wulfs pick up first draw





Stourport Swifts were the visitors to the CKW Stadium at Castlecroft for AFC Wulfrunians’ last home game of 2019.


A great effort by the AFC groundsman provided an excellent playing surface and ensured this Midland Premier League game went ahead, the only game to be played in the area.


Stourport Swifts were lying in sixth place in the table and during the opening stages of the game were clearly a team in form.


It looked like it was going to be a lively afternoon for Wulfrunians keeper Tom Turner and on ten minutes he was called to make an excellent save from Swifts number nine Nick Macpherson.


One minute later Swifts took the lead when Macpherson flicked on a corner at the near post which was turned in by Aaron Brett.


Things got worse for AFC two minutes later with Stourport doubling their lead when a cross in from the right was finished inside the six-yard box by Macpherson, who was proving to be a handful for the home sides defence.


On thirty minutes Tom Turner was called in to action again but from his throw out AFC gained a corner which led to their first chance of the game when a flick on from Jevons was nearly turned in at the far post by the onrushing Aaron Bishop.


This was the only chance of the first half for AFC and Stourport finished the half on top with again Turner denying again Macpherson with another good save.


HALF TIME: AFC Wulfrunians 0 Stourport Swifts 2


As in several previous games, AFC returned to the field looking like a different team as they took the game to the visitors. James Hill forced the Stourport keeper Dominic Richards into action for the first time and AFC looked far more of a threat.


Midway through the half the AFC Manager made a brave, and what proved to be inspired decision, replacing Jake Evans and Rhys Horton with Jumaane Meggoe and Tom Poole.


Immediately AFC had more urgency and they were rewarded with a great goal with Dominic Dell back heading a cross from Craig Gregg into the far corner, giving the Stourport keeper no chance.


Stourport looked rattled and two minutes later AFC were level when an Aaron Bishop shot took a cruel deflection and looped high into the Stourport net.


Both teams now strove for the winner and there were chances at both ends but fittingly the game ended honours even and we could enter the Christmas period happy.


A great game of football played the right way by two well matched sides.


FULL TIME: AFC Wulfrunians 2 Stourport Swifts 2