Well, all good things come to an end, and this was never truer than last night when Boldmere St. Michaels beat Walsall Wood FC 3-0 in a hard fought match to end The Wood’s remarkable winning streak.
Bill Shaw was there,as ever, and sent this report:
The Wood’s 17 game unbeaten run came to a shuddering halt at Boldmere. They arrived without their 3 leading scorers and they matched the Mikes all over the park, apart from where it mattered – in the box.
BOLDMERE ST. MICHAELS 3 v 0 WALSALL WOOD.
The start couldn’t have been worse for Wood, they went behind after just 21 seconds, Ryan Edmunds raced clear wide on the right, his low cross took out 2 Wood defenders and Jermaine Clarke rifled the ball home. Edmunds almost made it 2 on 3 minutes, racing in from the right his low drive pushed away by Rajaan Gill.
Wood almost equalised on 7 minutes, Craig Hancox curling in a corner from the right, the ball bounced off the foot of the near post, fell to Jamie Hawkins but his first time shot was too high. Good goalkeeping from Liam Maher, some wayward finishing and a terrible bobble on 35 minutes that denied Max Black a goal kept the scoreline close at the interval.
The second half continued in the same vein but on 50 minutes a long ball forward was collected at pace by Clarke, who drew keeper Gill and then calmly passed the ball left for Edmunds to score into an empty net. When on 72 minutes Clarke won the ball in the centre and fed Edmunds who raced for goal, he found Clarke on the right of the box, he did everything wrong hitting the ball into the ground, but it bounced high in the air over Gill and nestled in the back of the net. Wood realised it just wasn’t their night.
On November 26th Mikes came to Oak Park boasting a 12 match unbeaten run – Wood trounced them 3-0. They got their revenge tonight but whereas Wood were the better side that night Mikes couldn’t say the same for their victory – clinical perhaps – fortuitous certainly.
So it’s Coleshill Town at Oak Park on Saturday, no easy game, but let’s keep the faith, see you there, don’t be late.
Thanks to Bill for that – and my commiserations to the team.