Shawbury United 1 AFCW 2

Wulfrunians overcame fellow title challengers Shawbury in a heated affair that extended Wulfs’ winning streak to 13 games. Kyle Brady’s opener was cancelled out by James Askey, only for Nathan Rose-Laing to pop up with the winner 12 minutes from time. Shawbury were reduced to 10 men during the match before having another man dismissed after the final whistle.


The game started slowly, with the first chance not arising until the 20th minute- Jake Sedgemore’s free-kick was met by Dave Asbury in the air and forced the ‘keeper into a stunning save. Wulfs had yet another chance just seconds later, James Skedgel flicked a long ball on into the direction of Rose-Laing, only for him to hit his shot tamely at Gary Turner.


Wulfrunians had arguably the best chance of the half when Brady robbed the ball from Askey on the edge of the Shawbury box, laying off Michael Robertson to leave him with an empty net to aim at. The ball bobbled as it reached Robertson, causing him to fire his effort way over the crossbar.


Shawbury finally had the chance to take the lead on the stroke of halftime, Marc Stallard’s fantastic run at the near post from a corner allowed him to get a clear header at goal; only for Scott Embrey to hook the ball off the line.


Wulfs started the second half with a new found intent as they applied pressure straight away. Robertson saw his spectacular long range volley fall just wide of the post and Brady saw two efforts deflected for corners. Brady was also responsible for giving AFC the lead- Rose-Laing’s shot from Sedgemore’s free-kick was deflected towards the far post, only for Brady to be lying in wait to volley home from close range.


Shawbury’s equaliser came from a well worked free-kick. Dan Beddows met the delivery but saw his header brilliantly tipped away by Danny Tipton, only for Askey to pounce upon the rebound to level the game up.


United’s joy was short lived as Rose-Laing put Wulfrunians back ahead. Sedgemore’s through ball was met by substitute Liam Wilkinson, who delivered the ball to the front post to meet Rose-Laing’s fantastic run, allowing him to poke home and regain Wulfs’ lead.


Jake Jones was sent off with three minutes remaining for Shawbury for committing a second bookable offence. This disadvantage seemed to spur them on as they applied continuous pressure to Wulfs’ defence, but they managed to survive the late onslaught and record yet another victory.


Yet more disappointment was bestowed on the home side after the final whistle, Lee Constantine was sent off due to his direction of abusive language towards the referee.


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