Points Shared in Wolverhampton as Gornal Fight Back
By Ashley Davies
Ravell Wallace and a Geoff Hill penalty gave Gornal a deserved share of the spoils against Old Wulfrunians
Gornal travelled to Old Wulfrunians hoping to put on a better show than the home fixture where they were beaten 4-2.
Ash Causer handed a first start to Callum Gibson as well as Sam Prince and a debut to Ravell Wallace. The Peacocks also welcomed back captain Chris Hill from suspension.
The game started well with Geoff Hill having an early shot blocked within a minute and off that corner Sam Prince put at the front post, a Joe Drake Cervantes shot was blocked but fell to Ravell Wallace who lashed home from six yards to give Gornal an early lead.
Old Wulfrunians then started picking up possession and space in the midfield areas and started getting some joy with channel runs.
They came level on 15 with a free kick from a tight angle. Scott Stevenson whipped his effort straight into the top corner.
James Weaver, who was having a much quieter game than the reverse fixture then turned and laced a ball wide of the Gornal post.
Old Wulfrunians then completed their comeback on 21' with some very poor Gornal marking. Another free kick floated in by Scott Stevenson and Danny Patrick ran off Sam Prince to find a lot of space and an easy flick header past the helpless Ash Green.
Prince was then rolled in by Dreniz Bala but a defender block kept the scores level.
Old Wulfrunians were still gaining some joy from pulling wide and cutting inside they forced Ash Green into a low parry around his near post.
Gornal gained their chance to pull level on 32 with a strike handballed by Danny Patrick. The officials decided it was a yellow card because they felt the shot was heading wide. Safe to say, Gornal felt it was heading into the net!
Geoff Hill stepped up and scored the penalty. (You can see the penalty on Twitter @GornalMedia and Facebook)
Joe Drake Cervantes was then a hero at the other end as he cleared off the line and at the other end Ravell Wallace saw a good strike blocked by a defender as the game heated up and Gornal got their foothold back.
Before the break Callum Gibson had a shot from 25 yards on an angle that was held by Jamie Bostock. It was a good first start for the winger.
The second half was a little less creative but Gornal certainly felt they could've won it with some great territory they just couldn't find the killer pass.
The first chance actually fell to the hosts as Tony Angello missed a guilt edge opportunity from six yards he blazed over the bar with just Ash Green to beat.
With twenty left Ravell Wallace had come off injured, a shame because the debutant really had added something to the Gornal play. Gibson had also made way who'd been up and down the right all game.
Gornal then had a corner pin ball that just wouldn't go in and eventually the final shot from Joe Drake Cervantes was deflected wide.
Geoff Hill then latched onto a ball over the top and hit it first time on the volley but his near post effort was pushed wide from Bostock.
Nathan Griffiths then saw a shot from range held by Bostock but it was good to see a Gornal side not afraid to get their shots off again for that period of time.
Old Wulfrunians then had James Weaver running through but he was met by some great goalkeeping as Ash Green came out big and blocked the shot before Halwest Wahab cleared.
Myles Hall was having a great second game but was tackled before he could release Dreniz Bala in on goal. Those fine margins were just costing Gornal.
In the final throws Gornal went for it and picked off an Old Wulfrunians play out from the back with Sam Prince intercepting the pass. He drove at the defence and beat his man but took an extra touch which sent it to Bostock instead of pulling the trigger.
That saw the full time whistle and the first draw of the season for a Gornal Athletic side that once more showed what they're capable of.
A huge thanks to Old Wulfrunians for their hospitality and all the best to them for their season.
Next Up for the the Peacocks: Bromyard Town (H) 26-01-19 3pm kick off. See you at Garden Walk!