Last Thursday evening (30th April 2015) the young David Evans was invited to the Walsall Wood Under 18s home match against Bilston Town – with the first time season over, and the Youth Team performing so well, we thought an insight into their game would be of interest to the football following readers.
David Evans sent the following article and pictures:
Photos and captions kindly supplied by David Evans
Walsall Wood under 18s 3 v 2 Bilston Town
Team notes kindly prepared by George Evangelou, Under 18s team trainer and WWFC secretary
Last Thursday, I was kindly invited to watch the Walsall Wood FC under 18 team in action, and asked to take some photos.
I was delighted to note the standard of football played and determination exhibited by them and their opponents, Bilston Town, at Oak Park. There was a large crowd of visiting and home supporters – with some delightfully positive play evident throughout the match.
The half-time score was Walsall Wood 2, Bilston Town 0. The final result was Walsall Wood 3, Bilston 2.
Background notes, by George Evangelou:
Walsall Wood Youth Team was reformed at the start of 2014-15 season to help feed young players through to the first team.
We play in the Midland Floodlit League alongside teams the calibre of Birmingham City, Kidderminster Harriers, Stourbridge, Nuneaton Town, Solihull Moors as well as local teams like Rushall Olympic, Heath Hayes, Wolves Casuals, Lichfield City, Sutton Coldfield Town and Bilston Town.
In their first season back, Walsall Wood Youth team who boast mainly 16 year old players who can represent the team at the same age group next season, finished a very creditable fourth position.
The main success of the season is having three lads involved with the First Team which includes Ben Cooling twice being in the squad against Boldmere St. Michaels.
The future for the youth side is looking bright, with Mark Swan (WWFC Manager) wanting five or six players to join his side for pre-season training. He is also looking to build on the Youth teams success by adding an Under 21 side next season.
Thanks to David for an interesting report and insight into local youth football – after all, it is the future of the local team!
For the good of the Wood!