Walsall Wood crush Loughborough


A hard fought draw against Loughborough saw some great footy. Image from Loughborough University Football’s Facebook page.

Last Tuesday evening (7th October 2014), Walsall Wood F.C. visitied Loughborough University, and they came home with a stunning 3-0 win after some wonderfully entertaining football.

Before the match report, Bill has asked me to point out the following error in his account of the Pershore Town match, published last Sunday:

Hiya Bob, can I put the record straight on the Pershore Town game, please? It was MAX BLACK who scored the second goal, not BEN EVANS as I reported.

My apologies to both players.

Bill also sent the following:

Hiya Bob,

On Tuesday night, Walsall Wood had the pleasure of playing on Loughborough University’s bowling green of a pitch, turning in a performance to match the surroundings.

Loughborough University 0 V 3 Walsall Wood

Wood dominated from the start, but after almost constant pressure they could have gone behind following the students first attack on 7 minutes, when from a quick break out of defence Tom Read was released into the left of the box, keeper Dale Faultless making a brave full length block.

Tom Evans hit a first time effort off the top of the bar 2 minutes later, before namesake Ben cut in from the left and fired a cross shot inches wide.

The Woodmen went ahead on 21 minutes, a lovely one touch move from left of centre ending with Max Black setting up Joey Butlin to score with a crisp low drive. Wood increased the lead 11 minutes into the second half, this time it was Ben Evans finding Butlin, his first time effort was charged down, but he collected the rebound to score with a low drive, doubling his goal tally for the season.

Then on 71 minutes the goal the whole of The Wood have been waiting for from Tom Evans. It had a touch of good fortune about it, keeper Jake Weekes slicing a clearance straight to him just outside the box, he raced into the area and his low drive took a slight deflection off a defender and evaded the desperate dive of the red faced keeper.

The football at times was breathtaking, as Swanny said, ‘If you can’t play football here – well you can’t play anywhere.’

A welcome return to Dale Faultless and at last a goal for Tom Evans, lets hope it’s now opened the floodgates and he can beat season 2012-13’s tally of 6 goals.

It’s Rocester away on Saturday followed by the visit of Coventry Sphinx to Oak Park on Saturday 18th.

Bill Shaw.

Thanks to Bill for the report – always appreciated – for The Good of the Wood!

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