Tuesday evening (12th November 2013), Walsall Wood F.C. faced Port Vale at home, and sadly for the Woodmen, this match broke their run of good fortune.
Bill Shaw submitted the following match report via David Evans:
Staffs Senior Cup, Walsall ~Wood 0 v 3 Port Vale.
The Wood’s dream of upsetting the form book with a victory over League opposition was alive for 56 minutes, but when Jordan Hugill put Vale ahead they had a mountain to climb. The killer blow came on 75 minutes when Cheye Alexander extricated himself from the right hand corner and swung a hopeful cross into the Wood box, the ball eluded everyone, bounced off the foot of the far post and rolled into the net. Wood never gave up though, Harry Harris and Ahmet Bilgimer being thwarted by 2 top class saves by giant keeper Sam Johnson. The keeper was powerless however when an Anthony Juxon header flashed across goal and beyond the far post.
Wood were open to the counter attack and were caught out on 84 minutes when Rob Taylor cut inside from wide left to fire in No. 3. Minutes later Hugill was on the end of another counter and was fouled in the box. He took the spot kick himself but keeper Mark Wiggins made a great full length save.
So it’s now Spalding United in the FA Vase on Saturday, don’t be late – Kick Off 3:00pm.
Commiserations to the team, and as ever, thanks to Bill and David for the report – always appreciated – for The Good of the Wood!