Local football correspondent and certified Wood Mon™ Bill Shaw has been in touch to ask if I’d let folk know that the pre-season friendlies are now upon us, as the soccer year gears up once more.
This afternoon, the Woodmen face Willenhall Town at Long Lane, Great Wyrley. Kickoff is at 3:00pm.
These matches are great fun for those seeking a bit of decent footy action, particularly after the middling World Cup. Get down to your local grounds and watch some great sport where there’s far more at stake…
Would you believe it’s almost that time again?
The Walsall Wood team have already been back in training for a month and embark on the first of their pre-season friendlies with a visit to Long Lane, Great Wyrley on Saturday 5th July to take on Willenhall Town.
Tuesday 8th July sees them at Walsall Phoenix, and Saturday 12th July sees them away at Coventry Copsewood.
The first of Wood’s high profile home games sees Hednesford Town at Oak Park on Tuesday 15th July, closely fololowed on Saturday 19th when Richard Sneekes brings his new look Rushall Olympic to the Wood.
Next up, it’s last seasons Midland Alliance champions Tividale on Tuesday 22nd (A repeat of last season’s Walsall Senior Cup game wouldn’t go amiss). The last away game sees Wood at Sporting Khalsa (old adversary Ian Rowe now manager) on Saturday 26th July Romulus bring the curtain down on this year’s friendlies when they meet the Wood at Oak Park on Monday 28th.
As per last season, the league starts the first Saturday in August (this year that’s the 2nd August) – opponents or venue not yet known.
Wood are again in the FA Cup and the FA Vase (once again seeded through to Round 2) and are looking to do well in both competitions this season. Wood will be playing in the newly formed Midland League Ltd. Premier Division, after the amalgamation of the Midland Alliance and the Midland Combination in the summer, after 3 years of negotiation between the 2 leagues has finally come to fruition
Best of luck to the boys from The Wood for the coming season. I’m sure we’re all rooting for them. Walsall Wood are a great club, with a wonderfully welcoming fanbase who demonstrate real warmth, sportsmanship and community spirit. They are a credit to their community.
For the good of The Wood!