AFCW 4 Darlaston Town 1

Wulfrunians ran out clear 4-1 winners at home to Darlaston, with all of the game’s goals coming in the second half. Wulfs’ impressive second half display was marred by a injuries to Andy Thompson and Ashley Burd in the first half an hour. A brace from Nathan Rose-Laing helped AFC to their victory, with David Howells and Tom Piggott providing the other pair of goals.


Howells had the first chance of the game when he met Michael Robinson’s exquisite cross-field ball at the back post, with his effort being deflected behind for a corner. Howells followed this up by crafting a chance for Thompson; whose shot from the edge of the area went wide.


Thompson then suffered an unfortunate injury as he landed from a header, he was stretchered off and subsequently replace by Rose-Laing. Ashley Burd was soon to follow as he suffered a knee injury and was replaced by Scott Embrey.


The best chance of the first half fell to Piggott on the stroke of half-time after Robinson squared the ball to him, only for his first time strike to roll just past the post.


Piggott put Wulfs ahead after just one minute of the second half. Jake Sedgemore’s cross was headed away into the path of Piggott who rifled his volley into the roof of the net. Darlaston then had Craig Sudlow to thank for not being instantly two goals behind as his last-ditch slide tackle prevented Robinson from applying a simple finish.


Robinson saw his volley from the edge of the area deflect off teammate Rose-Laing before the ‘keeper produced a magnificent save to deny it reaching the bottom corner. From the ensuing corner Wulfrunians’ went two goals ahead: Sedgemore’s delivery was flicked on by Dave Asbury in the direction of Howells who was on hand to volley home from six yards.


Darlaston managed to pull a goal back when Joe Madeley curled his free-kick over the wall, leaving Danny Tipton with no chance.


Wulfs’ two goal lead was restored when Richard Palmer made a fantastic tackle to put the ball into Sedgemore’s path for him to cross to Rose-Laing who managed to unorthodoxly poke the ball home.


Sedgemore was again the provider when his corner was headed onto the bar by Howells, only for Rose-Laing to smash a left footed volley past the goalkeeper and into the net. Rose-Laing was denied a hattrick when his powerful header was ruled out for offside.


Wulfs have now won nine consecutive matches in the league, this one taking them top of the league having played a game more than Lye Town.


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