On Wednesday evening (13th August 2014), Walsall Wood FC faced Continental Star at Dales Lane, and after a rum start to the season, the Woodmen seem to be slowly rediscovering their lost mojo.
Bill Shaw submitted the following match report:
Continental Star 1 v 2 Walsall Wood
After a really frustrating start to the new season, Walsall Wood scored their first goal, courtesy of a downward header by skipper Lee Stretton, after 50 minutes last night.
That cancelled out Garfield Louis Robinson’s superb opener for Continental Star after just 5 minutes.
On 62 minutes, just like buses, another one came along, almost a carbon copy of the first goal: the ball came in from a left wing corner but this time it was Joey Butlin climbing highest to bullet a header into the roof of the net.
New signing Scott Rickards almost put through his own goal on 78 minutes, the ball inches wide of the left hand post. Then a couple of minutes later a great right wing run inside from Ricardo Swaby saw him serve the possible equaliser up on a plate for Ansu Lissa, who from 5 yards somehow managed to screw his shot wide with the goal gaping.
So it ended Continental Star 1 – Walsall Wood 2, but let’s not get carried away, it was another shot shy performance from Wood with both goals coming from headers.
So it’s the magic of the FA Cup at Oak Park on Saturday with Heath Hayes the visitors – a home tie with Stafford Rangers awaits the winners.
This post features a good action shot of the match posted on Twitter by @adjigroundhoppa, who’s keeping a rather excellent footy blog which also reviews this match, with more great game photos. Nice one, Adji!
The above surprised me somewhat – friend of the blog @Green_Man_Vimes has been live tweeting local matches lately to an excellent standard, and had a very rough reception at Dales Lane last week where he was told he was forbidden to take photos!
Honestly, you’d think all clubs would be as relaxed and welcoming as Walsall Wood are at Oak Park…
Thanks to Bill as ever for the report, and for Adji and Vimes for social media support and the alternate view – always appreciated – for The Good of the Wood!