Match Preview- AFCW v Haughmond

Monday 28th December 2020, 15:00

Midland Football League Premier Division

CKW Stadium, Castlecroft 

 

On Monday competitive football returns to the CKW Stadium for the first time in over two months as the Wulfs prepare to take on struggling Haughmond, a contest that could see the home side move up as high as 5th in the league with a win.

 

In truth, the visitors have had a very testing start to the season under the stewardship of Dan Williams, and are still searching for their first win. The Mondsit second from bottom in the Midland League Premier Division, having claimed just one point from their opening ten league encounters. Their solitary point came back in mid October when, impressively, they held Walsall Wood to a one all draw. This may have been seen as a result that couldve given the Shropshire-based outfit some good momentum, however, since then they have recorded six league losses on the bounce, and are desperate for a positive result that could see them move away from the foot of the table.

 

Last time out Haughmond hosted Racing Club Warwick, being one of the only fixtures that survived the weather last weekend. However, the afternoon quickly went downhill for the home side as Warwick went into half time with a commanding three goal lead, essentially putting the end result beyond doubt. The hosts did show good signs in the second half but failed to breach the visitors defence who added a fourth around the hour mark to cap off a resounding defeat for The Mond. However, there was no lack of effort or endeavour from Haughmond throughout, which is sometimes the Wulfs will have to be weary of on Monday afternoon.

 

When the two sides met last season, both encounters were extremely tight, with AFC claiming a 1-0 victory in late November before being held 2-2 away at Shrewsbury Sports Village in early February. Also, last term, before the league was suspended the visitors were sat in 16th, and were on course to survive in the division, a very good achievement for the club. Survival has to be the aim this time around for Dan Williams and his players, so hopefully the results will pick up soon as the side look to cut adrift from the bottom of the table.

 

Goals have been a problem for the visitors so far, captain Luke Griffiths leads the goalscoring charts with just 3, and overall the team have averaged less than one a game this season. Meanwhile, The Wulfs have regularly had to rely upon Jack Till as their main source of goals this term, finding the net six times in his eight starts.

 

AFC will be looking to stretch their impressive unbeaten run, which has been held since mid October. A positive result on Monday leaves the Wulfs at nine games in a row without tasting defeat, as they push towards touching distance with the front runners at the top of the league.

 

Despite the low league position of the visitors, there is no easy games in this division so there is no room for any complacency from AFC, a message Im sure Darren Goodall is reiterating to his players in the build up to the game. After the postponement at Gresley last week, the Wulfs will be raring to claim a much needed three points, which could elevate us as high as 5th in the table, a good incentive for the team.

 

For the game the capacity limit is 150, first come first serve. The club would really appreciate any support as we look to march up the table.

 

Written by Tom Bird