AFCW 1 Kidsgrove Athletic 0

AFC Wulfrunians pulled off an FA Cup shock as they beat Evo-Stick League First Division South side Kidsgrove Athletic 1-0 to progress to the First Qualifying Round.


Wulfs started brightly and should have gone ahead as early as the fourth minute when Tim Piggott’s cross was headed wide by an unmarked Nathan Rose-Laing.


After surviving this early scare, Kidsgrove began to get control of the game and went close when Dean Smith headed Paul Taylor’s corner over the bar and again when Ashley Hill sent a curling 25 yard shot just over.


Striker Andy Kinsey then twice went close with close range headers but on both occasions was at full stretch and couldn’t find the target so the score remained level at the interval.


Wulfs came out for the second half with more belief and almost took the lead soon after the restart when Piggott flicked on a long ball and Rose-Laing’s shot was deflected through the keeper’s legs but the ball struck the upright before being cleared.


Wulfs continued to play the better football and went close again in the 67th minute when Piggott’s low ball across goal was just inches away from being converted at the far post by the onrushing Rose-Laing.


Kidsgrove then went close when Dan Skelton headed Shane Reaney’s corner on to the top of the crossbar before the same player fired just over from the edge of the area.


Andy Thompson replaced Rose-Laing for Wulfs and almost made an immediate impact when his low shot deflected just past the post for a corner.


Danny Crudgington was also introduced late on and just three minutes after joining the game he netted the winning goal. His pass released Thompson down the left and the big striker cut back on to his right foot before squaring across goal for Crudgington to apply the coolest of finishes from 12 yards out.


Wulfs comfortably held out for the remaining five minutes and now face a trip to Evo-Stick Southern Premier Division side Barwell in the next round on Saturday 8th September.


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