AFCW 5 Shawbury United 3

AFC Wulfrunians progressed to the last 64 of the FA Vase after a thrilling 5-3 extra time victory over fellow West Midlands League side Shawbury United at the Castlecroft Stadium.


It was the home side who started brightest with Nathan Rose-Laing finding the back of the net from an offside position and Andy Thompson dragging his shot wide after Jake Sedgemore had put him through.


Gradually Shawbury began to take control and they took a 31st minute lead when Robbie Millington held the ball up on the edge of the area before laying back for strike partner Stuart Ellis to fire an excellent low 25 yard drive into the bottom corner of the net.


The visitors continued to press and doubled their advantage three minutes before the interval when Matt Ballard ghosted past three defenders before firing past the keeper.


Wulfs came out with more purpose in the second half but the visitors had two good chances to kill the game off. First Lee Constantine was denied by a good save from Danny Tipton and then Ellis lobbed into the keeper’s arms when he was clean through.


The goal that Wulfs desperately needed finally arrived in the 58th minute when James Skedgel’s high looping header from Sedgemore’s corner dropped into the top corner of the net despite Constantine’s efforts to keep it out.


Ellis had a great chance to restore Shawbury’s two goal advantage straight from the kick off but he dragged his shot across goal and wide.


Wulfs continued to push for an equaliser and finally got their reward six minutes from time when Thompson was brought down in the area and Sedgemore converted the resulting spot kick to send the game into extra time.


The start of extra time saw the home side go in front for the first time when substitute Jake Webb delivered a pin-point cross and Thompson produced an equally good header in the far post.


Wulfs then made it 4-2 in the 97th minute when Tom Piggott won possession and broke forward in a 3 on 2 before squaring for Thompson to fire low across goal into the far corner of the net.


Just as it looked as though Shawbury were dead and buried, they pulled a goal back in the 113th minute when Ellis was brought down in the area and Robbie Millington converted from the spot.


Their brief hope of a comeback was ended two minutes later when Thompson completed a fine hat-trick by converting Piggott’s low cross at the near post.


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