Wulfs out of FA Cup

Tividale 2-1 AFC Wulfrunians

Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round

Saturday 21st August 2021

 

It was a disappointing afternoon at The Beeches for AFC as we fell out of the FA Cup due to a poor second half performance. We led at the break as Aaron Bishop continued his fine form in front of goal. After the interval we struggled however, with goals from Matt Welding and Elliot Hartley giving the hosts victory.

 

In torrential conditions the opening exchanges were frantic and lacked any real quality, with clear cut chances at a premium. We grew into the half however, using the slick surface to our advantage as through balls sped past the defence allowing Bishop and Till to get in behind regularly. Jamie Meddows was having a good half, showing his quality and technical ability despite the condition.

 

The hosts had their first opportunity in the 36th minute, a long ball being flicked on along the pitch, finding winger Ryan Grosvenor through on goal. Tom Hayward saved his effort comfortably however, probably the best chance of the contest so far.

 

Just two minutes after Tividale’s missed chance the Wulfs grabbed the initiative and took the lead. Aaron Bishop has been the star for AFC so far this campaign, and he got his fourth in four games to break the deadlock. It was a fantastic passing move, with Jamie Meddows playing in Craig Gregg who flashed a ball across the six yard box to leave Bishop with a simple finish.

 

Half time – Tividale 0-1 AFC Wulfrunians

 

Wulfrunians were well worth their lead at the break, dominating the ball for most of the half and frustrating the home side, who had only one chance of note.

 

Tividale were kept inside the changing rooms for a long period at half time, and whatever was said clearly paid off as they came out for the second period looking rejuvenated. Their first chance was from a set piece as Hartley flashed an effort just past the far post. Tivi found the equaliser just five minutes after this effort, as Hartley sprung into action on the counter attack before sliding in a completely unmarked Brad Welding on the edge of the box for an easy finish.

 

This goal changed the momentum of the game in an instant, with the hosts looking the more likely after that, AFC getting frustrated with how they has let their lead slip. The winning goal was very avoidable from a defensive view, The Wulfs backline getting caught out by a quick throw in which put Elliot Hartley clean through on goal. The forward made no mistake on this occasion, completing the turnaround for Tividale.

 

AFC put in lots of effort towards the end of the game but just could not find their cutting edge. Bishop went closest as he shot narrowly wide after brilliantly finding himself some space at the edge of the box. In the 90th minute Jack Rowley was presented with the final chance for the visitors, blazing just wide from outside the area.

 

Full Time – Tividale 2-1 AFC Wulfrunians

 

Unfortunately defeat means the FA Cup dream is over for another year as Tividale progress to the first qualifying round. In all it was a match that could’ve gone either way, the Wulfs will rue missed chances and sloppy errors at the back in crucial moments that could’ve changed the end result.

 

Words – Tom Bird