Walsall Wood FC were at home to Coventry Sphinx yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 18th October 2014), and were back on stonking form with 90 minutes of wonderfully entertaining football, in which they beat the Cov boys 2-1.
Bill Shaw has submitted an excellent match report, as he always does – thanks, Bill!
Bill sent this report:
Back to winning ways with local lad Scott Cooper (the quiet man of the squad) hitting an absolute peach of a goal to give us all 3 points.
Walsall Wood 2 V 1 Coventry Sphinx
A nightmare start for Walsall Wood, keeper Dutton saving bravely at the feet of Max Black. The ball was then despatched into the Wood half, Giovanni Dainty running from right to left across the face of the Wood box before laying the ball back to Luke Downes, 25 yards out to hit a rising drive into the top corner.
Jack Rooney put a back header inches wide of his own goal on eight minutes and then five minutes later Harry Harris lobbed the visiting keeper, the ball again the wrong side of the post. Drew Aiton then found Harris in the box on 17 minutes, his low drive bringing a full length save from Dutton.
Rooney [not Mr. Potatohead himself, surely? – Bob] turned provider on 21 minutes, powering forward from halfway and putting Rikkie Cutting in on goal, his low drive bringing a superb full length save from Mario Kisiel.
Wood equalised on 57 minutes, Ben Evans fading across the face of the Sphinx box from right to left before finding Aiton, who cut inside and hit a vicious low drive that Dutton at full stretch pushed away. The defence couldn’t get the ball clear, Black pouncing to fire into the roof of the net.
Then 11 minutes later, a goal that would have graced any football ground in the world, from a right wing corner the ball was half cleared to Scott Cooper 30 yards out, he flicked the ball up into the air, turned and then hit an absolute screamer into the top right hand corner.
Walsall Wood could have added to their total but were almost made to pay at the very end, Sphinx raced out of defence, the ball was crossed into the right of the box, substitute Adam Bilic timed his run to perfection only to fire a first time effort into orbit.
Three well deserved points, an entertaining 90 minutes and it was good to see the Clayhanger Kid, Brian Stringer and former Chairman Geoff Powell in attendance.
So it’s Hednesford on Tuesday in the Staffs Senior Cup, kickoff 7.45 pm., don’t be late.
Thanks to Bill, for an honest, entertaining and very fan-focussed match report, as ever. Really an honour to feature them here.
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