Wulfs pick up three points

AFC Wulfrunians 3-0 Haughmond

Midland Football League Premier

Tuesday 31st August 2021

  

The Wulfs got their first victory of the season in comfortable fashion as they dominated Haughmond at the CKW stadium. James Hill broke the deadlock with a fantastic effort on the stroke of half time before Dom Dell and debutant Tom Harley rounded off the scoring late in the game.

 

AFC started the game well with chances coming fairly easily against a visiting team that have struggled so far in the early stages of the season, yet to pick up a point from their first four encounters. Aaron Bishop was the main threat going forward early on, going closest after he chased down the Haughmond keeper with his challenge sending the ball just a few yards wide. Bishop went close once again just minutes later, with his effort only being denied by a miraculous clearance on the line by the away centre half.

 

For the majority of the half it seemed only a matter of time before the Wulfs made one of their many chances count, with the best of them coming from a set piece from which Ben Jevons’ effort went over from five yards. However on the stroke of half time the ball finally found itself in Haughmond’s net, and it was certainly worth the wait. James Hill picked up the ball in midfield before striking sweetly from just outside the box to give the hosts a deserved lead at the break.

 

Half Time – Wulfs 1-0 Haughmond

 

The visitors came out for the second half well and showed a lot more intent than during most of the first. As a result they had the first chance after the interval, as their number nine saw a good effort saved by Tom Haywood, the home keeper was relatively untroubled for most of the evening in truth.

 

Shortly after this Dom Dell squandered a great chance to double the Wulfs’ lead, shooting just wide of the post after a defensive mistake had allowed the forward through on goal and with only the keeper to beat. The chances kept on coming for AFC however that crucial second goal was proving hard to come by, as Jack Till and Dom Dell both saw efforts saved by the keeper as home dominance continued.

  

With fifteen minutes to go the visitors’ chances of getting anything out of the game evaporated during a moment of madness in defence. Dell looked to have finally got the goal he deserved when his effort beat the keeper only for Callum Bennett to save it on the line. It was a simple decision for the officials, a red card and a penalty awarded. The man who won the penalty went on to take it and sent the keeper the wrong way to make the three points safe.

  

There was time for another goal, and a great moment for Tom Harley as he netted shortly after coming on for his debut in the latter stages of the game. Harley was played through on goal and displayed good composure to calmly place the ball past the keeper and grab Wulfrunians’ third.

  

Overall it was a strong performance from the Wulfs who needed the victory to properly kick-start their season following a good point on the road at Hanley on Saturday. The result see’s AFC jump up the table into the top ten while Haughmond sit 18th without a point after a tough run of early fixtures.

  

Full Time – Wulfs 3-0 Haughmond

  

Words – Tom Bird