INA tight game, West Midland Two league leaders Wolves Sporting returned home the happier of the camps after edging a narrow 1-0 success at Rowley Park.
Hosts, FCStafford welcomed back Mick Stark, Josh Anderson and Martyn Wheeler to the starting XI and with a change in shape the hosts look prepared for their high flying visitors.
It was a game that started slowly with both sides testing each other without really getting any shots off on goal.
Wheeler had the best chance when his speculative lob left the goalkeeper stranded only to drift narrowly wide.
The opening 20 minutes was dominated by a midfield battle with both sides struggling to move the ball into good positions for their attacking options.
After the break, Sporting looked the brighter and shortly after the restart Rhys Morgan’s impressive effort beat Steve McCabe and struck the foot of a post.
Shortly after, Sporting grabbed what proved the only goal of the match.
The game continued to be dominated by two impressive back lines though in the final 15 minutes the game did become a little more stretched.
Tom Duffy had the best chance to earn a draw when Anderson released him from the corner of the box but Duffy’s effort was well smothered by the Sporting keeper.
A late altercation led to both sides being reduced to ten men. FCStafford travel to Redgate Clayton this Saturday in the second round of the Challenge Vase.