Match report by Alan Ward
I am standing in for Keith who was unable to make last nights game due to Alfie being ill.Speedy recovery mate.My few words will be in the form of a summary.
On a very windy and wet night in Wolverhampton United surrendered their unbeaten record to the WULFS who defeated us for the third time this year. Terry Anderson made many changes due to this being our second game in three days. bIn came Glasscoe,Quinn,Wint, Hudson and Jones.On the bench were Woodward, O'Grady and Scott Hammond. Tommy Maguire was omitted from the squad and Mitch Piggon continued his absense with his ankle injury.The big miss of course was captain Chris Cox who was serving the first of his three match suspension for his crazy sending off against Rocester.Lewis Rankin was also out injured but made the trip anyway to support his mates.Coxie also turned up late so fair play to these guys.
It was one of those nights for United who didnot turn up with their shooting boots on.A decent performance was spoiled by wayward finishing and it was left to the Wulfs to show that bit of quality in front of goal that made the difference.A decent run into the area before coolly sliding the ball into the corner giving James Behan no chance.They should have increased there lead shortly after when clean through but James made a great stop.
United i thought were the better team in the first half and finished the half very strongly when they did everything but score.The Wulfs were rocking at this stage and half time came to there rescue.I think it is fair to say however that there keeper didnot have to make too many saves and it was down to bad finishing and a bit of bad luck perhaps.Another day and we could have been a couple of goals ahead.
The second half however belonged to the Wulfs and they showed that they will give many teams a lot of trouble this season. Both teams can be applauded though for playing good football on a decent pitch where the conditions worsened as the game went on with the wind and the rain in United,s faces in the second half which didn,t help James with his kicking once again and he had one or two scary moments again.He did keep United in it though with some good saves.
Terry used all three subs to try and get the equaliser and we continued to make chances and spurn them.Scott Hammond had one but was only able to send it straight to their keeper who once again was efficient.I remember him at Sphinx drive and he was responsible for the Wulf's success that night.The game was played in a good spirit with hardly any really bad fouls although there were one or two booking for both sides.The ref.for once was not the centre of attention and the officials in general were good and didnot require any abuse from the red and green army who were a bit thin on the ground last night but still numbered fifteen to twenty on a shocking night up the terrible M6.
So last nights defeat makes Saturdays game a bit more tasty with the visit of Bromsgrove in a twelve noon shoot out in a double header with the rugby.Mitch (tap in) Piggon could be back Saturday to bolster the attack when we hope to send Bromsgrove packing.
All the best everyone PUCU