The Mikes 5-2 AFC Wulfrunians
By The Mikes
The Mikes maintained their perfect home record by winning their ninth straight league game at The Trevor Brown Memorial Ground against AFC Wulfrunians.
The Wolverhampton side had beaten The Mikes 4-2 earlier in the season and once again the sides served up an excellent advert for Midland Alliance Football with plenty of goals and entertainment.
It was the visitors who took an early lead, when Joe Lyng was caught in possession and gave away a foul wide on the left. Wulfs skipper Jake Sedgemore curled in the free-kick, which flew straight in with the aid of a somewhat questionable challenge from Golding which took out keeper James Beeson.
The Mikes responded in prefect fashion. A free kick in a very similar left wing position was curled in by Ross Clarke and Jason Holmes stole the March on the visiting defence to plant a header home via the foot of the near post.
Ryan Edmunds went close twice before establishing the lead midway through the half. As The Mikes broke quickly, Holmes spread the ball wide to Edmunds, who turned Golding inside and out before unleashing a stunning angled drive which flew into the top corner beyond Tipton.
Wulfs responded and enjoyed periods of possession, but without creating any clearcut chances as The Mikes weathered the storm with some solid defending. On the strike of half time came the sucker punch to give them control of the game.
They broke quickly again with Lee Osborne released down the left and he fired across goal for Edmunds to walk the ball home at the far post.
After the break, the game settled into a pattern of both sides probing for openings with defences well on top, before Andy Lewis was the catalyst for The Mikes fourth goal. The midfielder drove at the heart of the visitors' defence, taking on two opponents before Tipton spread himself well to block his final effort. Ross Clarke took the resultant corner and Adam Wood got there first to steer the ball home.
With a quarter of an hour to go, Nathan Rose-Laing gave the visitors a lifeline after Asbury's header had rebounded from the bar, with the home defence protesting furiously that Beeson had blocked the ball before it crossed the line.
Beeson then saved well from Perks as the visitors forced a succession of free kicks, but The Mikes were looking just as likely to add to their tally on the break. Substitute Stuart Capaldi wasted a gilt edged chance when clean through, but he wasn't to be denied in stoppage time as The Mikes sprung forward in numbers and the striker coolly slotted into the bottom corner past the exposed Tipton.
The fifth goal may have given the scoreline a somewhat flattering look, but after a game which bore many similarities to the early season clash, there was no doubt that the home side deserved the win thanks to their greater cutting edge on the day.