Stourport Swifts 1-1 AFC Wulfrunians
The FA Cup with Budweiser
3pm, Saturday 31 August
By Gary Stonehouse in Stourport
It was all-square on Saturday as the Road to Wembley reached Stourport on the picturesque banks of the river Severn.
Walshes Meadow played host to the Preliminary Round clash between Stourport Swifts and unbeaten AFC Wulfrunians in a match that didn't really get going until the second-half.
Swifts started the brighter and striker John Griffin, with five goals to his name this season, looked to have added to that tally after 15 minutes.
He was played through by strike partner Chris Morrison and sweetly struck a curling effort towards the top corner, but Daniel Tipton lept high to his left to produce a fantastic one-handed save.
Tipton thwarted Griffin again just minutes later after the striker beat the off-side trap and sent a side-footed effort past the onrushing 'keeper. However, he managed to get the slightest of touches to divert the ball onto the post as it rolled out for a corner.
His opposite number Haydn Whitcombe wasn't called into action until after 30 minutes, but Tipton had to be at his best again as a save to his right prevented a certain goal from Calvin Dinsley's 25-yard strike.
Who knows what the visiting management duo of Steve Palmer and Jon Purdie said at half time, but whatever it was, it worked as their team started the second period completely transformed.
They immediately set out on the attack, with Bradley Lawley and sub Richard Palmer coming close from long ranger.
The Swifts struck back and should have broken the deadlock after 65 minutes when Morrison headed over a free header from a corner, but two minutes later, jeers turned to cheers as the home side found the net.
When the Wulfs failed to clear the ball from the edge of their area, it found its way to Stourport captain Gary Walker. He turned to hit a left foot shot past the stranded Tipton into the bottom right corner.
It was all action now as Wulfrunians pressed, and ten minutes later their Cup hopes were salvaged.
A lofted ball was met by David Asbury who towered a header towards the goal. A sea of bodies scrambled for the loose ball after Whitcombe had failed to hold it, before striker Craig Gregg pounced from a yard out to equalise and spark wild celebrations.
The last ten minutes were a ding-dong affair as both sides looked for a winner, but it ends all square and the sides meet again on Tuesday.
Stourport Swifts: 1 Haydn Whitcombe, 2 Jordan Jones, 3 Jamie Hyde, 4 Jamie Willets, 5 Kevin Spencer, 6 Gary Walker (c), 7 James Blake, 8 Calvin Dinsley (15 Paul Hurrell 84 mins), 9 Chris Morrison (19 Ashley Parsons Smith 68 mins), 10 John Griffin, 11 Nicholas Harris (Tim Jackson 60 mins)
Subs not used: 12 Kyonn Evans , 16, Leon Kandekore, 17 Chris Conway, 18 Demetri Brown
AFC Wulfrunians: 1 Daniel Tipton, 2 Jake Sedgemore (c), 3 Thomas Griffin, 4 Bradley Lawley, 5 Nathan Jackson, 6 David Asbury, 7 Jake Webb, 8 Nathan Rose Laing (19 Andrew Thompson 68 mins), 9 Craig Gregg (18 Thomas Piggott 80 mins), 10 Scott Stevenson, 11 Michael Robertson (15 Richard Palmer 45 mins)
Subs not used: 12 John Hill, 14 James Skedgel, 16 Jordan Perks, 17 David Howells
Stourport Swifts 1-1 AFC Wulfrunians
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