Walsall Wood FC delighted fans yesterday afternoon (1st March 2014) as they expanded their unbeaten league run against Hereford’s Westfields FC in a goal-packed match, bringing their winning streak to a lucky 13 games.
Walsall Wood are a good team and an excellent, community-spirited club. They need our support – please do travel to the coming away games (Heath Hayes Tuesday Evening, Castlecroft Saturday coming) if you can. The lads are doing us all proud and deserve as much support as we can give them.
Bill Shaw was at allpay.park to witness the great mach, and submitted the following report:
WalsallWood FC 5 v 2 Westfields FC
Another stunning victory as Walsall Wood continue to take the Midland Alliance by storm. Strugglers Westfield however were no pushover, twice taking the lead in an error strewn first half. The first lead at 15 minutes only lasted a further 5 before Anthony Juxon powered home a header.
The hosts went back ahead on 28 minutes, Wood equalising on 41, a lovely move through the centre ended with Joey Butlin latching onto the ball 25 yards out, his scorching low drive taking a deflection off a defender before nestling in the net.
The second half saw Wood take immediate control, almost from the restart they won a right wing corner, Butlin powering home a header at the far post to put them ahead for the first time. On 52 minutes it was all over, skipper Lee Stretton breaking up an attack before playing the ball out wide to the right, the ever alert Harry Harris collected the ball, outpaced his marker and raced into the box, before unselfishly laying the ball square for the fast arriving Jamie Hawkins to gleefully hammer the ball into the roof of the net.
Wood easily coped with the host’s attacks and wrapped things up perfectly on 85 minutes when an incisive run by Craig Hancox saw his slide rule ball into the right of the box dealt with by Drew Aiton and the returning from injury striker calmly scored past the onrushing keeper. That’s 3 substitute appearances now this season for him and 3 goals, as last season’s 2nd highest scorer gets closer to match fitness after his back operation.
So we adjourn to Heath Hayes on Tuesday night and it’s AFC Wulfrunians at Castlecroft on Saturday as games come thick and fast between now and the end of the season.
This is 13 League games undefeated for Walsall Wood as ironically the win takes Wood up to 13th place, with games in handfor everyone, apart from Tividale who suffered yet another pospponement yesterday to leave them with the 3 games a week nightmare scenario that Wood faced for the last 7 weeks of last season.
As ever, thanks to Bill for the report – always appreciated – for The Good of the Wood!