Woodmen hold The Mikes at bay

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The Curch Road ground is home to the Mikes. Image by Geoff Pick and posted on Geograph under a Creative Commons licence.

Well, it was a goalless draw at Church Road on Easter Monday (6th April 2015) when Walsall Wood visited Boldmere St. Michael’s, in a good tempered match.

Bill Shaw took the short hop down the road to Sutton to watch the mach, and submitted the following report:

Hiya Bob,

Not a classic but it was a lovely day out in the Easter Monday sunshine.  Wood lived dangerously at times but for the fourth game on the trot we kept a clean sheet.

With both Lye and Coleshill dropping points we are still on course to finish higher than 5th.  It’s two home games now with Rocester at the Wood on Saturday, followed on Tuesday 14th by Dunkirk, (managed by public enemy No. 1 Nick Hawkins, remember him? – ex Tipton Town).

Then it’s last Saturday’s postponed game on Thursday 16th at Coleshill Town, who after the 5-0 hammering they took at Kirby Muxloe today  look to have blown their title chance.  It’s a real boost for us, as we will have Harry and Joey back from suspension, the only down side being we travel to Long Eaton United 2 days later.

Four games unbeaten, ten points from twelve, four clean sheets, remember if you stop your opponents from scoring, you can’t lose, it doesn’t make for  exciting entertainment but we are in a results business.

Only six more games to go, but guess what, our first pre-season friendly is on Saturday 4th July! Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?

Bill Shaw.

Boldmere St. Michael’s 0 v 0 Walsall Wood

The teams have now met twice this year and haven’t troubled the scoreboard in three hours of football. Wood as in the game at Oak Park managed to miss a penalty, but a winner would have been unkind on the Mikes.

After a tight opening it was Wood who threatened first on eight minutes, Craig Deakin won the ball wide right, cut into the centre of the box through three tackles, Dominic Perkins with a superb challenge saving the home team’s blushes.

Three minutes later Jason Holmes intercepted a misplaced pass left of centre; he ran at the defence and rolled the ball into the path of Charisma Agbonlahor, who under pressure fired first time wide. It was Holmes on 15 minutes winning the ball in centre midfield and racing for goal before finding Roland Agbor wide right, he cut inside through one tackle and his rising near post drive was pushed round the post by keeper Mario Kisiel.

From a Wood left wing free kick two minutes later Max Black put a header just wide. The next goalmouth action came on 25 minutes, from a right wing corner Corey Currithers glanced a header wide.

On 29 minutes Agbor cut in from wide right, his low cross cut out by Jamie Hawkins and Steven Hayles completed the clearance. It was Agbor 3 minutes later collecting the ball from a left wing throw, crossing into the box to Agbonlahor to loop a header under the bar that was saved at full stretch by Kisiel. Two minutes later Agbor slalomed in from wide right, his low cross taken at the second attempt by Kisiel to deny a posse of attackers.

Having weathered the Agbor one man assault Wood won a right wing free kick, Shawn Boothe powering a header too high.

Ben Wilkinson went on a left wing run on 39 minutes, his low cross found Agbonlahor who under pressure from Jamie Sauntson fired a first time effort wide.

A flick inside by Ben Evans on 43 minutes was headed on by Leon Taylor to Black who raced into the left of the box, his low cross cut out by keeper Sean Butler to deny Taylor, to bring the half to a close.

Five minutes into the second half Agbor took charge of a high bouncing ball wide left, his lovely crossfield ball picked out Wilkinson on the right of the box, to fire first time high over. It was Agbor collecting the ball right of centre four minutes later powering through four tackles, his rising drive bringing a great save from Kisiel. four minutes later Agbor collected a long ball out of defence wide left, his ball inside found Wilkinson who flicked the ball into the path of Kieron Westwood to fire well wide.

On 67 minutes Kisiel collected a cross, carried the ball forward before hitting a long ball that was won by Evans, he raced into the left of the box only to fire a rising drive just too high.

Back came Mikes when two minutes later a 35 yard free kick found Wilkinson on the left of the box, his low drive taken at full stretch by Kisiel. Having had a breather Agbor made space wide left on 71 minutes, his ball inside found Wilkinson, Kisiel making another full length save from his low drive. Three minutes later livewire Agbor popped up on the right of the box, he laid the ball back into the path of Holmes, his first time low drive unable to beat Kisiel. Agbor set up Holmes two minutes later, his low drive whistling inches wide.

Then on 82 minutes substitute Scott Cooper raced onto a ball into the centre of the Mikes box only to be sent tumbling from behind by Adam Robinson who was red carded. He ambled off the pitch finally making it, Hawkins calmly waited to take the spot kick only to fire high over the bar. On 89 minutes Daniel Holgate won the ball on halfway and fed Evans wide right, he cut inside, before feeding Holgate to hit a first time effort too high.

Right on time Agbor, (who else) collected a long ball forward, beat his marker for pace before firing past the advancing Kisiel and the right hand post.

A late winner for either side would have been an injustice, Mikes had the more chances but Mario Kisiel was in fine form, recording his fourth clean sheet on the bounce, aided and abetted by the leagues meanest defence.

It’s Rocester next for Wood on Saturday 11th at Oak Park, by no means an easy game.

Bill Shaw
Walsall Wood F.C. 

Walsall Wood are a good team and an excellent, community-spirited club. They need our support – please do attend the coming games if you can. The lads are doing us all proud and deserve as much support as we can give them.

As ever, thanks to Bill for the report – always appreciated – for The Good of the Wood!

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