All pictures above kindly supplied by David Evans.
Last Saturday (11th July 2015), Walsall Wood F.C. faced Hednesford Town at Oak Park, and fought and held the mighty Pitmen to a very respectable draw.
There’s more action tonight (Tuesday 14th July 2015) when the Woodmen host Russell Olympic for another friendly kicking off at 7:45pm at Oak Park – why not pop along?
Bill Shaw was there for every shot and submitted the following match report:
Well we are up and running, a lovely sunny day, some stunning football carrying over from last season, all bodes well for the new term…
Walsall Wood 1 v 1 Hednesford Town.
Three levels of the football pyramid separated the teams, but as the officials said after the game you would have been hard pushed to differentiate who was who. Wood took a first half lead and were the better side, playing some superb flowing football, changes in the second half saw the Pitmen grab an equaliser but at no time did Wood look overawed by their higher league opposition.
A cagey opening but it was Wood moving the ball confidently who threatened first, Steven Hales feeding Corey Currithers wide left, he played the ball inside to find Drew Aiton to cleverly sidestep his marker but roll his shot wide of the left hand post after six minutes.
Town won a corner on the left after 12 minutes, the ball was only half cleared out to Ben Bailey 25 yards out, Aiton making a brave block on his first time drive.
Wood took the lead on 17 minutes, Max Black putting Lewis Taylor Boyce in on goal, his low drive deflecting off a defender, looping into the net off the inside of the post.
Neat play wide left by Paul Ennis saw him go through two challenges, cross low into the box for Kyle Perry to hit a first time effort but keeper Mario Kisiel saved comfortably.
On 28 minutes Hayles raced clear wide left, played the ball inside to Aiton to curl a 30 yard effort that swung wide of the far post.
Two minutes later Curtis Tilt was released into the centre of the box, Kisiel out quickly and bravely to push his low drive around the post.
The last goalmouth action of the first half came on 34 minutes, Craig Deakin’s near post right wing cross had been put behind for a corner, the flag kick was over-hit but was collected by Currithers to fire a first time effort just wide from the left of the box.
It was Wood who threatened first in the second half, four minutes in Taylor Boyce fired in a right wing cross that was only half cleared straight to debutant Josh O’Garra, his first time drive deflected narrowly wide.
On 57 minutes Ahmed Obeng raced inside from wide right, his goal-bound effort deflected just wide by O’Garra. Six minutes later a long right wing throw into the Wood box caused absolute mayhem, but somehow the ball stayed out. The Pitmen equalised on 69 minutes, a powerful run by Stan Mugishda ended with him firing in a powerful low drive that keeper Ryan Price pushed out, but only to Obeng, the keeper couldn’t hold his first time drive and Tilt pounced to force the ball home.
Wood had the better of the closing minutes, on 83 Joey Butlin faded across the face of the Town box from right to left before being brought down, he took the free kick himself but fired high and wide. With three minutes remaining Butlin ran at the defence, played the ball right to Luke Adams whose low cross was hit first time through a crowd of players by Sam Melia to bring a full length save from Dave Parton.
It’s Wood who go forward with optimism, this was an improvement on the hard fought 3-2 win over Burntwood Town on Tuesday last when two goals from Drew Aiton and one from Leon Taylor gave them the victory. So it’s on to the game against Rushall Olympic before Wood visit Lichfield City on Saturday.
Walsall Wood F.C.
As ever, thanks to Bill for the report – always appreciated – for The Good of the Wood!