W’ton Sporting Community 0 AFCW 1

AFC Wulfrunians edged past near neighbours Wolverhampton Sporting Community with a 1-0 victory in a game fought out between two seriously under-strength sides.


Wulfs were quickest out of the blocks and fired an early warning when Dave Howells headed on for Dave Asbury to fire a first time shot just over the bar.


Andy Thompson went closer still when his close range shot deflected on to the top of the crossbar after Danny Crudgington had danced along the byline to create the chance.


After surviving the early onslaught, Sporting hit back and went close themselves in the 18th minute when James Quarry hit a first time volley off the top of the crossbar after Corey Pearce had flicked on a James McNaught ball in to the area.


Wulfs responded and Liam Wilkinson went close when he ran on to Crudgington’s through ball and stabbed the ball past keeper Tom Tufft but wide of the far post.


Tufft was called into action again six minutes before the interval when Jake Sedgemore put Thompson in the clear but the keeper pulled off a great save to preserve parity.


Wulfs continued to make the running at the start of the second half and went close when Sedgemore found Crudgington but his fierce shot was pushed over by the keeper.


Crudgington then had a guilt-edged opportunity when Thompson ran on to Ashley Burd’s quick throw and squared across goal but the in-form striker’s shot was somehow kept out at point blank range by Tufft.


The pressure finally told as Wulfs took a 62nd minute lead. Sedgemore picked the ball up from a throw in and crossed into the middle for Crudgington to control and fire a deflected shot in off the foot of the post.


The lead was almost doubled a minute later when Burd’s free kick skimmed off the top of Sporting defender Darren Williams’ head but keeper Tufft was at full stretch to tip the ball away for a corner.


With Wulfs only one goal ahead, Sporting were always in with a chance and they had a good opportunity to level on 69 minutes when full back Matthew Vaughan charged down the right and exchanged passes with Luke Cockburn before firing over from the edge of the area.


Wulfs then had three great chances to kill the game off. First Thompson was foiled by the keeper after being put clear by Sedgemore and then Howells screwed his shot wide after being released by Crudgington. Shortly after, Thompson was denied once again by Tufft after being slid in by Sedgemore.


Wulfs introduced 16 year old Jacob Craner for the final few minutes and he almost made an immediate impact when he outmuscled his man before cutting in and delivering a dangerous cross that was cleared out for a corner but Wulfs held on for a vital three points.


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