Archer is on target as Villa dominate the second half at Banks’ Stadium
By Graham Hill
CAMERON ARCHER grabbed a second half winner for Villa to keep Wolves off the top of the Under 23s Premier League Two.
Walker found the net eight minutes after the break in a game Villa dominated in the second half.
It was a night when a Wolves victory would have taken them top ahead of Southampton – but Villa had other ideas
And it would have been no surprise if they had won by an even greater margin against their West Midlands rivals.
Wolves had the better of the first half in front of a 350 crowd at Walsall’s Banks’ Stadium – although Jacob Ramsey always looked dangerous.
But it was Wolves who came closest to opening the scoring when Dion Sanderson hit the angle of post and crossbar.
Villa were always a threat on the break though and Ramsey put a long range effort just wide before Indiana Vassilev had an effort ruled out for for offside after good work by Lewis Brunt.
Vassilev then brought another save out of Wolves keeper Andi Sondergaard but Sadou Diallo caused some hesitation at the back for Villa with Jake Walker heading out for a corner.
But Villa stepped it up after the break and Ramsey – tipped for a big future in the game – crashed a shot against the underside of the bar.
They did not have long to wait before opening the scoring though as Archer found the net after 53 minutes.
It was reward for the Villa forward’s determination as he forced his way through the Wolves defence before effectively walking the ball over the line.
Callum Rowe then produced a long range effort which Sondergaard timed over the bar.
Irishman Tyreik Wright becoming a thorn in Wolves’ side and he had a goal ruled out for offside before forcing Sondergaard into yet another save.
And Ramsey put another 20 yard effort inches wide with six minutes to go. But still the ball would not go in for him.