Ten man Wulfs make point

Midland Football League Premier Divsion
AFC Wulfrunians v Lye Town
Tuesday 22nd September 2020
 
AFC, having been dumped out of the FA Vase by lower league opposition and lost to Coventry Sphinx in the league last week, were in desperate need of a result against near neighbours Lye Town.
 
AFC manager Darren Goodall rang the changes bringing back James Spray and giving a debut to Jack Till. To add to the mounting pressure on the home team, talented midfielder James Hill announced he had left the club to join Stourport Swifts.
 
The games between these two clubs are often lively affairs, probably because many of the players have played for both sides during their careers, and this game proved no exception with some full blooded challenges early on.
 
It came as no surprise to see the referee brandishing a red card early on and it was AFC centre half Jack Pearlman making the walk of shame to heap further pressure on the home side.
 
Despite their numerical disadvantage AFC pressed forward and were awarded a penalty on twenty five minutes but Till was unable to convert, instead rattling the crossbar.
 
Not daunted by this setback, the home side continued to dominate with Spray and Till combining well to create several half chances but the Lye keeper, Ben Newey was on fine form and the two sides reached the interval all square.
 
HALF TIME: AFC Wulfrunians 0 Lye Town 0
 
The first fifteen minutes of the second half belonged to the visitors with AFC penned in their own half. AFC keeper Tom Hayward denied the Lye striker with a fine save and AFC were able to capitalise shortly afterwards. James Spray played an excellent free kick into the Lye penalty area and Aaron Bishop was on hand to blast home.
 
The game then became stretched and there were chances at both ends with Till nearly getting on the end of a fine through ball by Tom Poole and Johnson getting back well to deny Jordan Harrison for Lye.
 
The referee’s decisions were frustrating both sides and Lye were awarded a very soft free kick following an innocuous challenge by Poole and Jordan Harrison placed a fine free kick over the wall into the AFC net to level the scores.
 
Both sides went close in the latter stages the the final whistle came with no further goals and a draw was probably a fair result.
 
FINAL SCORE: AFC Wulfrunians 1 Lye Town 1