Lye Town 1 AFCW 0

A deflected strike from Lye Town skipper Damian Whitcombe five minutes from time proved to be the difference between the two sides as Lye continued their good start to the season.


It was Wulfs who started brightest with Jake Sedgemore curling an early free kick fractionally over the bar and Andy Thompson shooting straight at the keeper after being put clear.


At the other end, Danny Tipton pulled off a fantastic save to keep out Steve Weaver’s low shot which had taken two deflections along the way.


Wulfs went back on the attack and went closest yet when Danny Crudgington released Thompson but his shot cannoned back off the post.


Defender Dave Asbury then hit a tame rushed shot at the keeper after being picked put by David Howells.


Next up Sedgemore did well on the left before crossing in for Crudgington to head towards goal which the stretching Thompson just failed to convert at the far post.


In a brief moment of respite for Lye, Scott Gennard broke forward and fired a shot straight at Danny Tipton from the corner of the area but Wulfs soon went back on the attack and James Skedgel’s far post header from Ashley Burd’s curling free kick deflected just wide for a corner.


Sedgemore’s very deep corner looked as if it was going out of play until Asbury somehow hooked it back in to the middle towards an unmarked Thompson with the goal at his mercy but he couldn’t quite get over the ball and his header struck the top of the crossbar.


After soaking up a lot of pressure, Lye ended the half strongly and former Wulf Ricky Anslow almost got on the score sheet when he played a neat one-two with Weaver to behind the defence but his touch was heavy and Tipton raced out to block his shot.


At the start of the second half Wulfs struck the woodwork for a third time when Sedgemore’s 25 yard free kick crashed back off the post.


The second half was less frenetic than the first but Wulfs still had more chances, first when Thompson rose above the keeper to head Sedgemore’s free kick wide and then when an unchallenged Asbury sliced Thompson’s low ball across goal wide from eight yards out.


As can always happen, Lye punished Wulfs’ generosity by netting a winner five minutes from time when Whitcombe received the ball from a short free kick and fired in a shot which took a big deflection to leave Tipton wrong-footed.


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