Wulfs seal victory against Highgate

AFC Wulfrunians 2-0 Highgate United

Midland Football League Premier Division

Saturday 6th November 2021

 

James Hill and Ty Knight got the goals as Wulfrunians took all three points with a solid display at home to Highgate United. The win see’s the Wulfs move four points clear of their opponents into seventh, closing to within just a singular point of the top five.

 

The game started slowly as both sides looked to figure each other out, neither side properly bothering either keeper early on. Dom Dell had the first half chance after being played through in behind the visiting defence only to see the keeper come out and smother before he had a chance to finish.

 

Then, out of nowhere, the hosts took the lead in very unusual fashion. James Hill floated a corner into the box which seemed to deceive everyone, including the keeper, before nestling in the far corner of the net. Highgate protested about a possible foul in the area however the referee remained unmoved and gave the goal, Hill picking up his seventh goal of the campaign.

 

This seemed to spur The Wulfs on as they carried the positive momentum from the goal into putting Highgate under pressure for the next period, the visitors struggling to cope at the back. AFC could’ve had their second goal from a corner just minutes later after Alex Graham dropped the ball inside the box, only for the referee to disallow the effort due to an apparent foul.

 

Tom Poole was lively all game for Wulfrunians and it was him who had the next chance. The ball made its way to him just inside the box but his effort was kept out well the time by Graham in the goal. Poole made sure his next impact on the game would result in a goal on the stroke of half time as Wulfrunians doubled their lead. James Hill played a good ball through which Poole managed to latch onto before rounding the keeper and laying the ball on a plate for Ty Knight who fired into an empty net.

 

The second goal came any a crucial time and gave AFC that crucial two goal advantage going into the break.

 

Half Time – AFC Wulfrunians 2-0 Highgate United

 

The second half started in a very similar pattern to the first, with neither side in a rhythm or being able to have meaningful effort on goal.

 

Tom Poole had the first chance of the period however, continuing on from his impressive first half, this time seeing his effort narrowly fly over the woodwork. Defender Jack Rowley then had a rare opportunity to get his name on the scoresheet when he found himself at the back post from a cross. His shot slipped wide, however these attacking opportunities showed how the hosts still had the edge on their opponents and that the result didn’t really look under any threat for most of the contest.

 

Highgate’s best chance of the match came through substitute Kyle Hayden with fifteen minutes remaining. He finally found some space in behind the Wulfs defence after a rock solid display at the back but his shot was saved well by the home keeper.

 

The Gate pressed towards the end as AFC settled for the two goal margin and allowed some opportunities to come their way. Captain Corey Currithers hit wide late into stoppage time just before the final whistle came and preserved a fairly rare clean sheet for the Wulfs. Following the defeat at Whitcuhurch Alport last week it was important to bounce back and the players certainly did. We travel to struggling Haughmond next week which is a great opportunity to pick up three points and push into the upper regions of the table.

 

Full Time – AFC Wulfrunians 2-0 Highgate United

 

Words by Tom Bird