Northampton Town 2 (Beautyman 37, Richards-pen 78)
Wolves 1 (Ennis 17)
Young Wolves can count themselves unlucky not to have had a least a share of the spoils from their friendly with League Two champions Northampton Town at the Sixfields Stadium as the Cobblers came from behind to win it with what was a ‘soft’ penalty.
Whilst Kenny Jackett opted to field a young side with only Andy Lonergan and Conor Coady with any significant senior experience, Town’s team consisted of first teamers and new signings.
The Molineux youngsters started brightly and they were close to taking a seventh minute lead when Christian Herc threaded a pass through to Connor Ronan on the overlap.
He got in a short, low cross that ran dangerously through the six-yard box before been half cleared to Herc who hit a terrific shot from 25-yards that drew an equally good save from David Cornell in the home goal.
Coady was harshly penalised for a foul on John-Joe O’Toole when he had clearly won the ball. Lawson D’Ath’s free-kick was turned behind by Hakeem Odoffin for what turned out to be an unproductive corner.
Wolves moved ahead in the 17th minute through Niall Ennis who hit a low shot into the corner of the net from the edge of the box after taking a through pass from Coady.
O’Toole nearly levelled matters two minutes later when he latched onto a headed clearance and sent a 20-yard volley inches past the post.
On 25-minutes, Bright Enobakhare slipped a pass inside to Ennis who ran into the box and sidestepped his marker before being denied a second goal by Cornell who spread himself to block (pictured).
Town equalised in the 37th minute when Harry Beautyman powered home a far post header following a fine cross from D’Ath.
Half-Time; Town 1 Wolves 1
Cornell had to punch away a Coady corner shortly after the resumption and then the keeper blocked Enobakhare’s cross-shot after the striker had taken the ball to the by-line.
Lonergan had to dive and save at the feet of Emmanuel Sonupe and, for Wolves, former Northampton youth graduate Connor Johnson glanced a header onto the roof of the net from a Ronan corner.
Odoffin delivered a dangerous centre that was turned behind by a defender with Ronan’s corner taken by Cornell. A neat piece of work in midfield by Ronan gave him the chance to send Ennis in the clear but Rod McDonald just managed to get a foot in to divert the ball away.
Town scored what proved to be the winning goal from the spot in the 78th minute. Ben O’Hanlon appeared to nudge D’Ath in the back. Contact seemed minimal but the referee didn’t hesitate in awarding the penalty with substitute Marc Richards sending Lonergan the wrong way with the kick.
Town: Cornell, Diamond (Cresswell 71), D’Ath, Revell (capt) (Richards 45), Beautyman (Hall 77), McWilliams (Byrom 64), Phillips (Buchanan 45), O’Toole (Taylor 71), Chicksen, Sonupe, Zakuani (McDonald 71).
Unused subs: Smith, McCammon.
Wolves: Lonergan, Odoffin, O’Hanlon, Coady (capt), Hayden, Johnson, Ronan (Hunte 83), Herc, Ennis (Wilson 77), Enobakhare (Collins 77), Byrne.
Unused subs: Flatt, Leak, Upton.
Referee: D. Whitehouse.
Attendance: 1,829 (386 away supporters).