Yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 12th April 2014), Walsall Wood F.C. faced Tipton Town at home, and yet another hard fought game from the Woodmen.
Bill Shaw was there to catch the action, and he submitted the following match report:
An entertaining 90 minutes with the goal action compressed into the first and the last 20 minutes.
Walsall Wood 2 v 2 Tipton Town
Wood went behind after just 8 minutes, Marvin Nisbett raced into the left of the box, keeper Raj Gill mistimed his challenge and Danny Ashton scored from the spot. It got worse for Wood on 20 minutes, a ball in from Nisbett on the left was collected at pace by Ben Hadley whose low drive made it 2-0.
It should have been 3-0 just 3 minutes later, Conner Gater cut in from wide left, put the ball on a plate for Ashton who from 4 yards out delivered the ball into the grateful hands of Gill.
Wood worked hard to get back into the game, but Nisbett was a constant danger for the visitors. On 78 minutes a long clearance from Gill was collected by Joey Butlin, he found Drew Aiton on the right of the box, he flicked the ball on for Harry Harris to volley home.
Town looked like going home with all 3 points until on 89 minutes Danny Forrest won the ball on halfway before releasing Lewis Taylor Boyce into the right of the box, his cross was hit first time by Aiton but was deflected for a left wing corner.
The corner by Harris was curled into the near post and keeper Pemberton and 3 defenders somehow allowed the ball into the net. Wood almost stole it at the death but that would have been cruel on an enterprising Town side who had been well worth their early 2 – 0 lead, until Wood’s never say die attitude rescued a late point, in an ending reminiscent of last season.
It’s Gornal Athletic at the Wood on Tuesday night, K.O. 7.45 pm.
Thanks to Bill for the report – always appreciated – for The Good of the Wood!