Category: Sport

August Bank Holiday 2015 – Wolverhampton & South Staffordshire Events

Wulfs end season on a high

AFC Wulfrunians finished the season on a high with a 3-0 home win against Alvechurch with departing forward Andy Thompson notching a hat-trick to move ahead of Jamie King as the seasons top scorer with a total of 20 goals in all competitions this season. Wulfs are sure to miss Thompson, who is soon to move abroad for work.

Andy Thompson, alongside manager Steve Palmer, gets watered by 'keeper Jono Brown

Andy Thompson, alongside manager Steve Palmer, gets watered by ‘keeper Jono Brown following the final game of the season

Subbed off not long after scoring his third, Thompson battled away winning tackles and almost everything in the air and looked like he was hungry for more. Wulfs will have to learn to live without the frontman, whose total goals for the club hit 47 today. Also departing is centre back Dave Asbury after an impressive 171 appearances for Wulfs.

Wulfs centre back, Dave Asbury

Wulfs centre back, Dave Asbury

Todays win sees the club finish in their highest ever league position, one better and on more points than last seasons eighth place finish, and Steve Palmer’s men can go into the summer break confident that the club is moving forward.

Basford United were crowned champions of the Midland Football League Premier Division, finishing on 95 points, with Heath Hayes, Tipton Town and Loughborough University all being relegated.

AFC Wulfrunians in season finale clash

AFC Wulfrunians close their season tomorrow afternoon with the visit of Alvechurch to Castlecroft Stadium. Wulfs sit in seventh place in the Midland Football League Premier Division and a win will see them cement that position to finish a place higher than last season. Only Boldmere St Michaels and Westfields can overtake Wulfs, but Steve Palmer’s side will be looking to finish the season on a high in front of a home crowd after Tuesday’s defeat at Stourport Swifts.

Jake Sedgemore of AFC Wulfrunians

Jake Sedgemore of AFC Wulfrunians

Wulfs have faced Alvechurch twice this season, both home and away with honours even, Wulfs winning 3-2 at home in the FA Cup back in August and Alvechurch ending up 1-0 winners in the league in early December. Kick off tomorrow is 3pm, with adult admission at £5 and concessions £3. Match programmes are available for £1 and there is a bar serving hot and cold drink and snacks within the fully covered 500 seater stand.

AFC Wulfrunians held by in form Dunkirk

Nottingham side Dunkirk, fresh from a string of four wins in a row, held AFC Wulfrunians to a one all draw at Castlecroft Stadium yesterday. In a closely fought match, it was Mitch McDonald who opened the scoring for Wulfs on 60 minutes, but the home sides lead was only to last five minutes as Brandon Gwinnett scored an excellent half volley from the edge of the box.

Wulfs celebrate as Mitch McDonald opens the scoring

Wulfs celebrate as Mitch McDonald opens the scoring

Dunkirk went close to taking the lead when Nick Hawkins crashed a brilliant shot off the crossbar. Wulfs went close late on when the returning Kyle Brady saw his shot saved by Dunkirk ‘keeper Jake Want.

Wulfs defend as Dunkirk push forward

Wulfs defend as Dunkirk push forward

Full match report by Luke Wilcox can be read here.

Mixed fortunes for local sides

Castlecroft based club, AFC Wulfrunians slumped to their third defeat in a row away at high flying Coleshill Town in front of 75 supporters on Saturday. Wulfs fell behind after just 3 minutes and despite dominating play for long periods were two down before a reply from Demetri Brown shortly after half time set up an interesting second half.  Unfortunately for Wulfs, Coleshill restored their two goal cushion and Wulfs ‘keeper was called into action shortly before the final whistle, saving a penalty from Mykel Beckley. Wulfrunians’s current run is a million miles away from their start to the year which saw five victories out of Wulfrunians’s first six league games of 2015. Wulf’s last win came away at Lye Town in February, which was followed by a 1-1 draw at Walsall Wood. Defeats followed at home to Long Eaton United (0-5) and away at Kirby Muxloe (1-0). Wulfs, currently sitting in tenth position in the Midland Football League, are hoping that this Saturdays trip away to Coventry Sphinx will be more profitable, bringing a return to winning ways as the season nears its culmination.

Demetri Brown of Wulfs pushes forward in the 0-5 defeat against Long Eaton United.

Demetri Brown of Wulfs pushes forward in the 0-5 defeat against Long Eaton United.

Elsewhere, several local sides are battling it out in the West Midlands (Regional) League. Sporting Khalsa are looking odds on for promotion – six points clear with four games in hand of second place AFC Bridgnorth. Eighth place Wolverhampton Casuals suffered a local derby defeat at home to Wolverhampton Sporting Community on Saturday, a much needed win for Sporting as they attempt to haul themselves away from the relegation zone. Sporting goals came from Chaponda and Grey, putting the club in eighteenth position. Bilston Town slipped to their second defeat in a row, losing 0-4 to promotion chasing Gornal Athletic. Elsewhere, Willenhall Town lost 1-4 at home to Wellington and struggling Wednesfield, rooted to the bottom of the table, held Shawbury United to a 1-1 draw at home.

 

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