Cradley Town 4 AFCW 2

Cradley Town produced a stirring second half comeback to become the first side to beat AFC Wulfrunians this season.


Things started well enough for Wulfs with Tom Ray heading them into a 1st minute lead from a Jake Sedgemore corner.


It almost got better still a minute later when Tom Piggott pick the ball up off Dave Howells and fired a low shot from the edge of the area that flew just past the post.


Cradley worked their way into the game and fashioned an equaliser out of nothing in the 23rd minute when Sam Wilkinson fired a low shot past the keeper from 25 yards out.


Chris Russell then flashed a shot across the face of goal for the home side before Wulfs regained their lead in the 28th minute when Piggott ran on to a Sedgemore pass and fired low past the keeper.


Piggott then saw his goalbound effort diverted wide for a corner after he had rounded the keeper and Dave Asbury stretched to poke a shot just wide.


Jordan Perks was next to test keeper Matt Jones with a fierce angled shot just before the half time interval.


Wulfs continued to control the game at the start of the second half with Perks heading a Sedgemore free kick wide when unmarked and Piggott firing a shot wide of the target.


The game changed in the 55th minute when a Wulfs attack broke down and the ball was shifted on to Jason Barton who in turn found Will Tibbetts and he turned his marker inside and out before firing low past the keeper.


Piggott went close to putting Wulfs back ahead when he saw his shot saved by the keeper’s outstretched legs.


These missed chances proved costly as Cradley went ahead in the 70th minute. Sean Williams’ 35 yard free kick appeared to be going harmlessly wide until it struck Barton and nestled into the opposite corner of the net.


Wulfs made a triple substitution but fell further behind when Russell found himself unmarked in the area and fired home.


Asbury then fired over as Wulfs desperately tried to get back into the game and substitute Danny Crudgington twice saw long range efforts crash back of the inside of the post and Cradley held out for a big three points.


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