|Date||6 July 2016|
|Venue||Wolverhampton Grammar School|
|Result||L 3 - 5|
Old Wulfs 3 – 5 Bridgenorth
This week came the re arranged fixture against Bridgenorth, Last time out Old Wulfs narrowly lost 3-2 in the dying seconds of the game where they had come from 2-0 down.
Bridgenorth were unable to field a squad in the original allocated fixture slot and so subsequently came with a stronger team in a bid to make the game a little less close. Old Wulfs started brightly and made some good early chances forcing both the keeper and defenders into early saves, as Birch set up Hart to find his shot blocked by a opposition body. Despite Old Wulfs making all the early running, it was Bridgenorth that got a quick fire double, pouncing on Old Wulfs errors. Undeterred Old Wulfs pushed on and got a goal back, Birch dispossessing the Bridgenorth left back and drove to the baseline to square for George to tap in at the back post. Bridgenorth found themselves fortunate to keep all 11 players on the pitch as both George and Birch were on the receiving end of some high and nasty challenges, both of which went unseen by the officials. 1-2 at half time.
Old Wulfs started the second half better and dominated the play winning short corners and creating plenty of chances but again not capitalising on them. Bridgenorth countered and put themselves 1-4 up against the run of play. A slick passing move down the right found Ablard ghost on to the baseline and score at the near post to make it 2-4. A Bridgenorth short corner made it 2-5 before the goal of the game arrived, Ben Hart running through into the Dee called for the ball and Ablard threw an aerial over the defence as they backed off, Ben on the volley deflected it past the on rushing keeper.
Old Wulfs then had a 4th goal harshly ruled out. Ben Hart deflected the ball between his legs into the goal and the Bridgenorth players appealed that it “hit a leg” and the umpire agreed despite originally awarding the goal. Old Wulfs lost 3-5 in the end on a day where they created a lot of chances and if taken would have won the game.
Despite the loss there are a lot of positives to take out of the game and build upon in the following match.