Images and caption kindly supplied by David Evans
It was a wet and dull Bank holiday Monday, but the football was bright and entertaining as Boldmere St. Michaels drew with Walsall Wood FC at Church Road.
In a show of solidarity and respect, Bolmere held a one-minute silence today, in honour of the late and much loved John Seedhouse. Walsall Wood FC posted the following message:
The passing of former Wood Chairman acknowledged today with a minutes silence before kick off at Boldmere. God Bless you, John Seedhouse – at rest now with son Gareth.
Big thank you to the Midland Football League and Boldmere St. Michaels plus officials for the gesture
Bill Shaw was there,as ever, and sent this report:
Another point from a cracking encounter, we were unlucky to go two behind, but pulled one back immediately and then equalised 10 minutes later, when Joey Butlin opened his account for the season with a superbly crafted equaliser.
Some good signs to come out of the game but oh dear, the shooting is woeful, they make Danny Owen look good, (only joking everybody), but we should at least be making the keeper work.
Next up it’s Coventry Sphinx away on Saturday, a win here would come in useful.
Boldmere St. Michaels 2 v 2 Walsall Wood
After the two sides had played 3 hours 44 minutes without a goal the Mikes scored either side of halftime to go two ahead. Wood halved the deficit from the restart and were back level 10 minutes later. That’s how it stayed, thanks to a very late wonder save from Wood keeper Lee Evans that cut short Jazz Luckie’s goal celebrations.
An interesting opening with both sides playing neat approach football, the first goal nearly came from a keeper Lee Evans free kick on halfway. The ball finding Anthony Juxon wide of the left hand post to fire a shot across the keeper and just wide of the far post.
The Mikes first effort came two minutes later, Jazz Luckie collected a crossfield ball and raced into the right of the box, keeper Evans out quickly to make a brave full length block. Next on 19 minutes Gurpal Singh Mandiar was strong on the left of the box, laid the ball back to Ben Wilkinson to fire a first time low drive inches wide, two minutes later a long ball forward deflected off a defender to put Jack Skinner clear to race into the centre of the Wood box, Evans again making a brave full length block. On 33 minutes a free kick in the centre circle was hammered goalwards by Ross Clarke, Evans diving full length to push the ball round his right hand post. Three minutes later a long ball forward saw Luckie flick on a header to find Stephen Palmer, his first time 30 yard effort deflected just the wrong side of the post.
On 41 minutes Drew Aiton collected a misplaced clearance in centre midfield, waltzed through three tackles only to fire high over the bar.
The reply was instantaneous, another ball into the right of the box found Wilkinson, he played the ball across the face of the 6 yard box for Luckie to get in a diving header that was saved at full stretch by the diving Evans.
Two minutes later Leon Taylor ran onto a Harry Harris ball into the left of the box, his first time shot was blocked but fell to Daniel Holgate who fed Aiton who fired narrowly wide.
Right on halftime another long ball forward was misjudged by a defender, Luckie capitalising on the mistake to race clear and slot the ball past the advancing Evans.
The first chance of the second half came after a concerted bout of Wood right wing pressure, a half clearance on 53 minutes falling to Joey Butlin to fire first time wide. A minute later it was 2-0, Luckie played the ball forward, Skinner beat the offside trap (or did he? It was very close) ran on and calmly slotted the ball home past the stranded Evans.
From the restart a lovely ball forward from Butlin into the right of the box was collected at pace by Leon Taylor, who powered his way through two challenges to score from close range.
Two minutes later livewire Wilkinson raced into the right of the box, crossed into the centre, Palmer’s powerful header pushed over by Evans.
Then on 65 minutes debutant Tom Hurdman won the ball on halfway before hitting a delightful 60 yard crossfield ball to Craig Deakin wide right, he went through one challenge and found Butlin at the near post, with his back to goal he held the ball up before turning inside his marker and superbly placing the ball inside the left hand post. 10 minutes later a Corey Currithers powerful left wing run saw him hit a low ball across the face of the box to find Luke Delaney, he cleverly sidestepped a desperate challenge only to fire straight at the keeper.
On 87 minutes substitute Matthew Gardner raced into the right of the box, he laid the ball into the path of Luckie who raced across the face of the box only to be robbed by a superbly timed challenge by Luke Wright. Right on time Wilkinson again raced into the right of the box, beat the full back, chipped the ball into the centre of the box, Luckie flicking a header over Evans before turning away to celebrate scoring the winner, Evans however had other ideas, somehow he reached backwards to flick the ball to safety off the line.
When the two sides meet it’s always an enthralling encounter, this was no exception, it could have gone either way but in the end a point apiece was just reward as neither side deserved to lose. The save at the end, Luckie couldn’t believe Evans had kept the ball out, I don’t think many other people in the ground could either – it was absolutely stunning.
Thanks to Bill for that – For the Good of The Wood!