It was hotly anticipated, but sadly, not to be. Walsall Wood were today no match for Spalding United, but by all accounts, a good time was had by all, with a decent gate and energetic crowd.
Better luck in the Vase next year, chaps.
Bill Shaw submitted the following match report via David Evans:
FA Vase Round 2
Spalding United 3 v 0 Walsall Wood
No Wembley dreams for Wood this season as the Tulips ended their interest in the competition for this year. Goals in the 15th and 33rd minutes had put the visitors 2-0 up and although Joey Butlin had a superb free kick brilliantly saved and Ahmet Bilgimer had fired over the bar before skipper Lee Stretton did the same on the stroke of half time, it was always going to be an uphill struggle.
The visitors stifled Wood in the second half restricting them to half chances, and it was no surprise when on 85 minutes Man of the Match Mark Jones went through 3 tackles before forcing the ball home at the near post.
So it’s back to League duty next Saturday with Wood away at Loughborough University, before the next home game on Tuesday 26th when high flying Boldmere St. Michaels are the visitors, Kickoff 7.45 p.m.
Commiserations to the team, and as ever, thanks to Bill and David for the report – always appreciated – for The Good of the Wood!