AFCW 5 Willenhall Town 1

A Kyle Brady hattrick helped Wulfrunians on their way to a comprehensive victory over Willenhall Town. Tom Piggott and Jordan Perks also grabbed a goal each to help Wulfs to the win.


Wulfs got off to a slow start and for much of the first half Willenhall were the better side. Their best chance fell just after the half-hour mark; Michael Allen poked the ball past Danny Tipton- only for Perks to swiftly chase back and prevent it from crossing the line.


Perks was also involved in Wulfs’ earliest chance, beating four players before exchanging passes with Piggott, only for his shot to be deflected behind for a corner.


It seemed likely that Willenhall would open the scoring and Allen had another opportunity to give his side the lead. He knocked the ball past James Skedgel and sprinted through on goal, only for Tipton to prevent with his legs before cleanly holding onto the follow up effort.


Wulfrunians finally took the lead on the stroke of half-time, Perks played in Brady behind the defence, allowing him the time and space to place the ball past Matt Rodgers.


A half-time change of kit for Wulfrunians- due to the clash with their visitor’s kit- seemed to have a positive effect on the second half performance. Within one minute of the restart, Jake Sedgemore’s ball from inside his own half fell to Brady on the edge of the area, only for him to shoot wide.


Just three minutes later Wulfs’ lead was doubled; Brady robbed the ball from a Willenhall defender and crossed for Piggott at the front post. His first effort was tipped away by the ‘keeper, but he couldn’t prevent him from finishing at the second attempt.


Willenhall managed to pull a goal back when Harry Rickus picked the ball up just outside Wulfs’ penalty area and struck at goal- his effort was deflected and left Tipton wrong footed as it span into the corner.


A deflection also led to AFC’s third, Michael Robertson’s deflected shot ran to Perks on the right, giving him the space to run into the box and apply a simple finish from close-range.


Four minutes later Wulfrunians had yet another goal, Sedgemore linked up with Brady on the right to give Brady the space to cut inside. His following effort flew straight at the ‘keeper, only for him to drop the ball through his own legs and into the net.


Just minutes from time, Brady’s hattrick was completed- Nathan Rose-Laing dispossessed Rob Perks on the halfway line before threading Brady through for him to fire past Rodgers and add Wulfs’ final goal of the night.


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