Well, you can’t keep a good man down, and never was the adage more true than with Walsall Wood FC’s Bill Shaw, who’s been struggling with a bad chest of late and not been able to catch the matches he’d like.
First of all, Bill, get well soon – we’re all rooting for you.
This, coupled with some confusion as to which games are bing played where and when has meant we missed a couple of match reports. I’m keeping it together as best I can while the season gets back into the swing so please bear with me.
Bill sent me the following
Thanks for the message of support, still struggling with the chest problem sadly.
Anyway I’ll try and bring you up to date with action on the field, the Young David Evans sent you a report on the Pelsall Villa loss on Tuesday, I think I said early in July that with us running an under 21 team this season the friendly games would contain a mix of them and senior players, sometimes having a fixture clash.
The team at Pelsall was predominantly youngsters with a sprinkling of senior players and a couple of triallists, taking nothing away from the Villa it would appear that we huffed and puffed but didn’t pull up any trees. Well done Villa anyway, you can only beat what’s put in front of you.
Wednesday night saw us take on Willenhall Town at Bilston, goals from Drew Aiton and Leon Taylor giving us a 2–0 win.
Saturday lunch time at Coventry Copsewood a Daniel Holgate penalty saw us come away with a 1–1 draw. Followed at 3.00pm by a trip to Ashby Ivanhoe, Leon Taylor put us ahead with an opportunistic strike after a defensive mix-up on 30 minutes. The home side deservedly equalised on 64 minutes, Dan Stevenson heading home from a left wing free kick. Both sides had chances with the home side having the better of the play, but Wood stole the win right on time when from a right wing free kick to beyond the far post Anthony Juxon ghosted in to power a header across the keeper and into the far corner of the net.
It’s now Kidderminster Harriers at Oak Park on Tuesday night kickoff 7.45 pm and on Saturday 1st August we go up the A5 to Ellesmere Rangers (the Shropshire one just outside Oswestry).
The season starts with a home game against Leicestershire newcomers Bardon Hill Sports on Saturday 8th August kickoff 3.00pm followed on Tuesday 11th with a visit to Highgate United one of the fancied teams, who of course last year won Midland league division 1.
I now have the revised fixture list for the season (for what it’s worth) it’s already been changed twice so don’t hold me to it ,I have attached last season’s results for anyone who is interested and will send you the season’s fixture list soon.
Thanks, Bill – Here’s the fixture list embedded from Google Drive (apologies for any corruption):
Bill, I thank you wholeheartedly for your thorough, entertaining and popular match reports – I’ll always have a soapbox waiting for you here!
The young David Evans also sent some pictures and a brief review of the Pelsall Villa match as Bill noted above… All pictures and captions are David’s own work.
Bill Shaw was not able to be at this match this evening.
Pelsall Villa 1 v 0 Walsall Wood
A friendly match of football where Pelsall showed greater appetite to win than Walsall Wood, who had the advantage of the considerable slope on the pitch in the first half. However, it was Pelsall who parried numerous attacks by the Woodmen, eventually breaking through a momentarily slightly un-coordinated defence to score the only goal of the match.
It was goals that were lacking, and causing some frustration as Pelsall showed some fine incisive moves and passes; more so than the visitors.
Both sides brought on a few substitutes throughout the match and this new composition for both sides, seemed to affect the fluidity of play.
There were frequent off-side moves, by both sides.
Pelsall Villa will be pleased with their well-deserved win. Walsall Wood will have some head-scratching and post-match de-briefing to do behind closed doors, I expect.
Cheers to David and Bill for the help – after all, it’s all For The Good Of The Wood!