Heath Hayes 6 AFCW 0

AFC Wulfrunians crashed out of the JW Hunt Cup at the first round stage after an emphatic 6-0 defeat away at Heath Hayes.


Injuries and unavailability meant that Wulfs were forced in to numerous changes with joint manager Steve Palmer coming out of retirement to play at centre half while youngsters Jack Purdie and Chris Ryan made their debuts for the senior side.

The opening exchanges were fairly even with Hayes keeper Adam Lane just beating Ash Burd to a through-ball while, at the other end, Tom Green headed straight at Ryan in the Wulfs goal.


Hayes then went closer still when Lee Smith’s header was tipped over by Ryan but the home side did take the lead on the half hour mark. Craig Hancox’s long free kick was side-footed back across goal by Andrew Davis leaving Dave Waple with the easiest of tap-ins.


Two minutes later they extended their lead when Tom Green capitalised on a defensive slip and coolly slotted past the keeper.


Wulfs held out until half time and then had their first real chance of the game 4 minutes into the second half when Mike Robertson fired over from just inside the area.


Hayes went back on the attack with Smith firing just wide from 25 yards before they extended their lead in the 66th minute when Hancox’s corner was headed home by an unmarked Brad Grice.


Green the saw his shot strike the outside of the post at one end with Burd forcing the keeper to push his curling free kick wide at the other.


It was 4-0 in the 77th minute when substitute Chris Deakin saw his shot saved by Ryan but Green was on hand to turn in the rebound.


Four became five 2 minutes later with Smith firing home from just outside the area.


Wulfs’ misery was complete in injury time when Deakin showed good strength to hold off his marker before firing home from an acute angle.


In all it was a disaster for Wulfs and the earliest they have ever been eliminated from this cup.


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