Sadly, no pre-Christmas cheer for Walsall Wood as Leicestershire team Kirby Muxloe roundly defeated them in their away match yesterday (20th December 2014).
Bill Shaw sent me the following match report, and he wasn’t best pleased with the performance…
Disappointment in the Leicestershire mud, but to coin a phrase, ‘They wanted it more than us.’ Wood again got what they deserved – nothing.
Kirby Muxloe 3 v 0 Walsall Wood
The hosts nearly went ahead in the first minute, a quick counter attack saw Pradheep Bahtley released wide left, he cut inside and fired in a low drive that Mario Kisiel at full stretch pushed into the path of Dan Sheahan to fire high and wide of an empty net.
Two minutes later it was Corey Currithers for Wood cutting inside from wide left and curling a shot just over the far angle.
Back to the other end Bahtley raced onto a ball into the left of the box, Jamie Sauntson saving Wood with a superbly timed challenge. On 14 minutes from a left wing corner Adam Hohn powered in a header that brought a great save from Kisiel.
The hosts deservedly went ahead on 27 minutes, a right wing free kick was half cleared to Ryan Seal 20 yards out, his drive finding the bottom left hand corner.
Wood worked an opening on 34 minutes, Craig Deakin crossing from wide right, Leon Taylor’s flicked header seeing keeper Warren Butlin saving bravely at the feet of Ben Evans. It was 2-0 on 40 minutes, Bahtley appeared to be hemmed in just outside the left of the six yard box, but he came away from three defenders and played in the unmarked Dan Sheahan to fire home at the near post.
Currithers hit a first time effort over on 58 minutes, two minutes on Harry Harris released Tom Evans into the right of the box, Butlin and three defenders crowding him out as Wood tried hard to get back into the game.
Seal was foiled two minutes later, his rising drive superbly saved at full stretch by Kisiel. Currithers with a clever turn and shot brought a full length save at the other end from Butlin.
The game was sewn up on 82 minutes with a cracking goal, Sheahan collected the ball from a quickly taken left wing throw on 82 minutes, playing the ball inside to Wade Ball who curled a lovely effort into the top right hand corner.
A defeat for Wood on a day of shocks in the Midland Premier League!
It’s Boldmere St. Michaels at Oak Park on Boxing day, kickoff 3.00 pm, followed by Stourport Swifts the visitors on New Years Day, again a 3.00 pm. kickoff. Thus the Wood embark on a nine game January run that will go a long way to defining their season.
The big game of course is Saturday January 17th when Shaw Lane Aquaforce from Barnsley (conquerors of last season’s finalist Shildon on Tuesday night) are the visitors in Round 4 of the F.A. Vase.
My thanks to Bill for a great report – and for all those he selflessly writes and send to me after every match. They really are popular, and a credit to Bill and the club. Walsall Wood have a reputation for being a great, community spirited group of people and these reports demonstrate that – it’s an honour and joy to feature them here.
For the good of the Wood!