Walsall Wood FC travelled to Alvechurch yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 9th August 2014), and returned beaten one goal to nil following a match in which both teams were closely matched.
Bill Shaw was there to record the action:
Alvechurch 1 v 0 Walsall Wood
Another disappointing day at the office as Wood turned in another shot shy performance falling to the only goal of the game when Connor Deards collected a loose ball on 25 minutes, raced into the right of the box before calmly slotting the ball past the stranded, advancing Mario Kisiel.
It was Kisiel who kept Wood in the game with a string of superb saves to keep the deficit to just one.
Scott Cooper saw a shot bounce to safety off the right angle with the keeper beaten, late on Dave Carns was tackled from behind as he raced into the right of the box going down under the challenge but loud penalty appeals were ignored.
With just seconds remaining a petulant kick out at a defender earned last season’s leading scorer Harry Harris a red card leading to a possible 5 match ban.
Alvechurch ran out deserved 1-0 winners, leaving Wood looking to Wednesday night at Dales Lane against Continental Star to kick start their season.
Better news on Joe Price, he is improving and hopes to leave hospital mid-week and is confident of playing again before Christmas. Good luck with that mate, everyone at the Wood wishes you well.
As ever, thanks to Bill for the report – always appreciated – for The Good of the Wood!