Saturday December 3rd
Isuzu FA Vase 3rd Round
AFC Wulfrunians 3 Brocton 0
Brocton made one change from the side that beat Cheadle Town on Wednesday, Jack Bostock replacing Kenny Devoir in the starting line up. AFC Wulfrunians had new signing Devante Ramsey on the subs bench.
The game started slowly with neither side gaining any control on the bumpy surface. The first attempt on goal came from Wulfs centre-back Jack Rowley with Henry Smith saving comfortably. The home side took the lead in the 16th minute. A curling shot from Jamie Meddows was tipped onto the crossbar by Henry Smith. The rebound fell to Jumaane Meggoe who steered the ball home. Brocton’s first attempt came midway through the first half. Jake Triggs picked out Ben Haddaway and his shot was well blocked by the Wulfs defence. Kai Adams was picked out by Aaron Bishop in acres of space, but his effort was weak and no danger to the Brocton defence. Jake Thomas was on target with a shot from outside the box, Jake James turning it behind for a corner. Henry Smith raced off his line to clear the ball away from Adams who looked favourite to get their first. Jacob Gwilt was off target with an effort as the home side continued to dominate. In the 38th minute. Meggoe got his and Wulfs second. He shrugged off the challenge of Tom Vaughan before placing the ball past Henry Smith. Reg Smith had been well marshalled by the Wulfs defence and his first attempt, from 30 yards out, was easily dealt with by James.
Half-Time: AFC Wulfrunians 2 Brocton 0
Devoir replaced Triggs at the start of the half as Brocton changed shape to three at the back. Four minutes into the half, Meggoe had an excellent chance for a hat-trick, but his shot was straight at Henry Smith. A cross from Connor Haddaway was well reached by Adam Weldon, who played the ball back inside for a Wulfs defender to clear. A cross from Wulfs player manager Craig Gregg was cut out by Devoir at the near post. Meddows shrugged off Ben Haddaway’s challenge but was wasteful with his finish. Ashley Jackson beat three Brocton defenders but his ball in fell kindly for Henry Smith. Ramsay was introduced off the subs bench, and he curled a shot goalwards which Henry Smith caught. Little was seen of Brocton as an attacking force, a snap shot from Reg Smith on 77 minutes, a rare foray forward. Meddows should have made it three for Wulfs in the 78th minute. Ramsay played the ball across the Brocton goal, and Meddows, from the edge of the 6 yard box, blasted over the gaping net. Ryan Bright was next to test the Brocton defence, his shot blocked by Henry Smith. In the 87th minute, Bishop was through on goal, but Henry Smith was again on hand to save. Wulfs third goal came on 90 minutes. A long ball forward was allowed to drop by Devoir. Sub Harry Farnsworth hit it goalwards and Henry Smith, thinking the shot was going wide, watched it sneak into the corner. Three minutes into stoppage time, a free kick from Connor Haddaway was well saved by James. The rebound fell to Thomas who blasted over the bar.
Full-Time: AFC Wulfrunians 3 Brocton 0 Attendance:196
AFC Wulfrunians: Jake James, Craig Gregg, Jacob Gwilt (Ryan bright 74), Ashley Jackson, Jack Rowley, Matthew Gritton, Kai Adams (Devante Ramsey 70), Simon Williams, Jumaane Meggoe (Harry Farnsworth 83), Aaron Bishop, Jamie Meddows. Subs (Not Used): Jay Holdcroft, Tom Poole, Nick Turton
Brocton: Henry Smith, Adam Weldon, Jake Triggs (Kenny Devoir 45), Jack Bostock, Tom Vaughan, Ben Haddaway (Will Finlay 71), Morgan Payne (Sam Scott 65), Jake Thomas, Reg Smith, Connor Haddaway, Christian Blanchette. Subs (Not Used): Luke Haddaway, Mario Novaku, Alex Curtis, Jonty Kearns
Yellow Cards: Gwilt, Adams (AFC Wulfrunians), Bostock (Brocton)