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Confident Wulfs Into Last 16

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03 November 2010 | maxwoodhouse

Manchester Wanderers vs Old Wulfs

Old Wulfrunians travelled to Harborne on Saturday to face Manchester Wanderers in the Jeffs Cup. After a difficult couple of weeks the team were looking to get back to winning ways. Wulfs approached the game with a different formation, dropping Hill into midfield and going 451.

The change in tactics appeared to be working with Wulfs playing the ball around confidently from the off. It wasnt long before they went a goal up after some good work from Godwin who lofted a ball forward for Merrick to chase. His finish wasnt too tidy but it wrong footed the keeper and found its way into the back of the net to put Wulfs a goal up. Manchester Wanderers rarely threatened and their only opportunity of the opening half hour came with a rasping volley that was a good couple of inches over the bar. Wulfs continued to play the better football and were soon rewarded with a penalty. Some good passing play resulted in Paul Dann being upended in the box and a penalty was given. Marston stepped up confidently and slotted into the bottom corner past the despairing goalkeeper. Wulfs were cruising and this gave them the platform to play the ball around. Hill and Collins looked more than comfortable in the centre of midfield. Hills simple passing seemed to have calmed the entire team and given them a platform to attack. And Higgins was unlucky not have had a penalty after being taken down in the box when in a great position to score. Wulfs were given a scare when Godwin misjudged a ball and a good one on one opportunity was thumped straight at Woodhouse when Harborne should really have scored. But five minutes before half time Harborne did find away back into the game when a wayward shot was deflected past Woodhouse into the bottom corner by Godwins last ditch challenge. Wulfs rallied and would still go into the half time break with a two goal advantage after a thump downfield from Woodhouse found Collins who got two bites at the cherry before slotting home.

Wulfs came out for the second half on the back foot with Wanderers pushing for a goal that would bring them back into the game. A few corners for Wanderers came to nothing but Wulfs were struggling to get hold of the ball. Joe Thorpe came on for his first appearance of the season and soon got Wulfs on the front foot with his pacey runs down the left wing. Nick Merrick was having a quiet game by his standards but his endless running and energy was causing problems for the Wanderers back line. The second half became rather predictable with Wulfs holding onto the ball and Wanderers trying to hit them on the break. Phillips and Watson came on and gave Wulfs fresh energy and with a couple of minute left Wulfs were awarded another penalty after a blatant handball in the box. Marston stepped up and blasted it right footed only to be denied by a brilliant save from the keeper. But Wulfs put the game beyond all doubt from the resulting corner. Marston rising high headed towards goal only for it to rebound off the goal frame to the feet of Watson who tapped in for his first goal for the club.

The win sees Wulfs into the last 16 of the Jeffs cup but the performance was badly needed after some poor displays over the last few weeks.

Final Score 4-1

Man of the Match - Jason Hill



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