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Kights At The Double


22:08 3rd August 2012

Winger's goals seal friendly win

Telford United 0

Wolves 2 (Kightly 11, 66)


A strong Wolves side ran out worthy winners against Telford in an entertaining friendly at The Bucks Head with a goal in each half from Michael Kightly deciding the outcome.


Wolves, watched by boss Ståle Solbakken and assistant Terry Connor, won a corner after just 25 seconds when Kightly’s shot struck Will Salmon and went behind. Stephen Hunt took the flag-kick short to Kightly and received a return pass before crossing to Dave Edwards whose header was booted clear from in front of the line by Dan Preston.


Telford won a corner themselves a minute later when Christophe Berra turned behind Ryan Valentine’s low cross. From Nathan Rooney’s corner the ball was half cleared to Steve Jones who blasted a shot narrowly over from the edge of the area.


In the fifth minute, Kightly’s through ball presented Frank Nouble with a chance but the striker’s angled shot rolled inches wide of the far post.


Wolves had made the brighter start and they moved into an 11th minute lead following a Hunt free-kick. The midfielder lifted the ball to the far post where it was headed down into the six-yard box by Danny Batth for Kightly to hook it home as he fell.


Former Molineux Academy graduate Rooney saw his drive save by trialist keeper Marian Kello at the second attempt, and then Phil Trainer went close with a ground shot as Telford looked to hit back.  


Salmon was lucky not to concede a penalty after he had bundled Matt Doherty over and then the defender clipped the outside of Kello’s post when he went up in support of his attack three minutes later.


Shortly before the break, Kevin Foley, Kightly and Nouble combined to set up Doherty whose shot was beaten away by home keeper Ryan Young.


Half-Time: Telford 0 Wolves 1


After an enterprising run, Hunt passed to Kightly who quickly slipped a pass to Nouble. The striker lined up a shot but Preston ran in to boot the ball behind.


From a Hunt free-kick, Nouble was narrowly wide, then Kightly hit a fierce 30-yarder that flew into the arms of Young.


After 56 minutes a deft flick by Kightly released Nouble but he prodded the ball wide as Young narrowed the angle. Then the lively Kightly was wide from 20-yards, before he scored a second goal midway through the half.


Hunt chipped the ball to the unmarked Jamie Reckord to the left of goal. He volleyed the ball into the ground and Kightly was waiting at the far post to stab it over the line.

Kello made a fine reflex save from Kieran St Aimee after Rooney had pulled the ball back, and then Rooney fired well over the bar after he connected with a deep cross.


For the second time in the game, Wolves were denied a blatant penalty when Hunt ran between Preston and Valentine before being tripped by the former as he ran into the box.   

Adam Hammill’s powerful shot was parried by Young before, in the final minute, Kightly was a whisker away from completing a deserved hat-trick with a 22-yard free-kick that was no more than a foot wide.


Telford: Young (capt), Salmon, Valentine (K. Smith 84), Davies (Brown 45), Preston, Blackburn, Reid (Spray 62), Trainer (J. Smith 58), St Aimee (Hubbins 75), Jones (Roberts 85), Rooney.

Unused sub: Briscoe.


Wolves: Kello, Foley (Kostrna 62), Doherty (Reckord 62), Jonsson (Milijaš 45) , Berra (Ebanks Landell 62), Batth (capt), Hammill, Edwards (Price 62), Nouble, Kightly, Hunt.

Unused subs: Cotman, McAlinden.


Referee: S. Barrow.


Attendance: 692.

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