Walsall Wood shut out by Alvechurch

Photos and captions from Tuesday’s match kindly supplied by David Evans

Last Tuesday evening (22nd September 2015) Walsall Wood FC entertained Alvechurch at Oak Park, from which the visitors returned home with a one – nil victory which didn’t impress Bill Shaw, and neither did the referee.

Bill Shaw was distinctly unamused and submitted the following report:

Hiya Bob,

We have at least one game a season that proves the ladies right when they say football is boring. The most exciting part of the night was the ludicrous sending off of Church skipper Richard Huckfield, a farcical decision from someone who by this time had lost the plot, that’s if he ever had one. We then had a masterclass in time wasting as I reckon that between the 70th and 90th minutes the ball was actually in play for just 5. Incredibly we had less than 6 minutes of time added on, which to me doesn’t add up, but I didn’t have the stopwatch and the whistle.

The win put Alvechurch up to 4th, but only one point off the top with games in hand, whoever finishes above them won’t be far off the title, but if this performance is how to win the league count me out, I’ll stay in my armchair.

Don’t be late on Tuesday night for the Hereford game, could be a full house.

Walsall Wood 0 v 1 Alvechurch

Two years ago Ian Long arrived with his Tividale side and went home courtesy of a 3-1 victory. He arrived last night with his Alvechurch team, not as much fire power up front as back then, hence the winner from a fortuitous penalty but just as hard and uncompromising, Wood can have no complaints that he again went home with a victory.

The visitors dominated from the start pinning Wood back in their own half and should have gone ahead on 12 minutes, Leigh Downing going on a right wing run, crossing low into the centre for Josh March to hit a first time effort, keeper Lee Evans making a great block, the ball went straight to Karl Edwards whose shot was blocked by a posse of alert defenders. On 27 minutes a quickly taken free kick was played out wide left to Zack Foster, he made space for a cross and Edwards planted a header wide. Five minutes later a lovely ball out left put March clear, he raced into the box but Tom Hurdman raced back to make a superbly timed tackle.

Right on 45 minutes Joey Butlin found Drew Aiton wide left, he cut inside, cleverly made space and with Butlin screaming for the ball went outside his marker and fired in a low cross shot that was saved at full stretch by keeper Paul Evans.

I went in search of some wet paint at this point so I could watch it dry, but I couldn’t find any.

It was the same story at the start of the second half, Church quickly closing Wood down and giving them no opportunity to play any football whatsoever. Another attack on 48 minutes saw the visitors win a left wing corner, the ball falling for man mountain Mark Smith whose acrobatic overhead kick was saved at full stretch by Wood’s Evans. Seven minutes later March again raced clear wide right, his cross hit first time by Edwards, skipper Harry Harris deflecting the ball just over his own bar. From the corner the ball was collected on the right edge of the box by March who turned away from goal and went down under a seemingly innocuous challenge, the referee harshly awarding a penalty. Downing scoring from the spot, Evans diving the right way but unable to keep the ball out.

On 65 minutes skipper Richard Huckfield picked up a harsh second yellow card and went for an early shower, but Long just brought on another partner for Smith and the twin towers were back in situ. A minute later they nearly went two ahead, a long ball forward brought Evans racing from his area, Edwards reached the ball first, lobbed the advancing keeper but the ball rolled harmlessly well wide of the Wood goal.

A foul wide left on Lewis Taylor Boyce on 77 minutes saw the free kick by Harris delivered to the far post, the ball headed back into the centre for Bekir Halil, making his Wood debut, to hit a rising drive off the top of the bar. Right on time Grant Beckett crossed from wide left; Aiton touched the ball back to Josh O’Garro to flash a first time low drive just wide of the right hand post.

If that’s how to play to win the league I’m sure not many people will leave their cosy armchairs in the coming months to watch it, I’m sure I wouldn’t.

Ninety minutes of total boredom, an evening wasted, I’m sure I could have found other things to do, plus it was cold as well.

For Wood it’s off to AFC Wulfrunians on Saturday followed on Tuesday by the visit of Hereford, now that certainly won’t be boring.


Bill Shaw
Walsall Wood F.C.

Walsall Wood are a good team and an excellent, community-spirited club. They need and deserve our support.

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

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12 Responses to Walsall Wood shut out by Alvechurch

  1. David Evans says:

    Hi Bob
    Thanks to Bill for this report. I share his feelings.
    kind regards

  2. andyropes7 says:

    Hi Bob

    I have to say again that although we admire Bills reporting on occasions like this it is his own view and not the views of the club. I will be discussing with other club Directors how we can address this by proof reading the reports. I have not tweeted this not posted on FB This will read as sour grapes and negatively towards the Wood players, officials and the opposition. Thanks for the ongoing support for our cause it’s tremendous and appreciated. Andy Roper President

    Sent from my iPhone


    • Hi Andy

      With respect, this site isn’t an extension of Walsall Wood FC. I run match reports because the readers are interested.

      If nescessary I will be happy to remove Bill’s attribution to Walsall Wood FC, but I shan’t be submitting anything for proof reading.

      I am troubled by attempts at external control and I spend several hours every week preparing reports and photos for the club, which are well received and getexcellent readership.

      I and surprised and disappointed by this, and also that you choose to make this approach publicly.


  3. Pedro says:

    I don’t support Walsall Wood, and I don’t normally read the reports, but the above comment made me read it with interest.

    I must say it made me smile. I have followed the Villa for well over 50 years and the first half performance against the Blue Noses this week was probably the worst I have ever seen. They were loudly booed at half time.

    If you read the forums they were roundly slated to say the least!

  4. peter says:

    Hi Bob, I wonder if Bill Shaw is connected with the club in anyway or is he a local chap who happens to put pen to paper after watching a game? In my opinion if Bill is connected with the club then it is for the club to sort out with Bill themselves, but if Bill has no connection with the club then I don’t see what the problem is?
    What I do agree with you fully Bob is that this blog should be free of external influence and be a forum (within obvious boundaries) for local people to express opinions, sometimes for discussion or simply consideration, I had always thought that Bill was a local chap who happened to enjoy submitting a report for wider circulation. If Bill is unconnected with the club then maybe Andy simply doesn’t like the truth coming out? I must say that the Blog has done a fantastic job in advertising the club, not just match day reports but fundraising attempts and previous family type events, in fairness something that Andy appreciates, but if the club don’t like supporters opinions being aired then I would also agree with you Bob to stop the reports on the blog.
    Let’s hope the silly situation here can be sorted quickly.
    Keep up the good work Bob.

  5. David Evans says:

    hI Bob
    wasnt me, guv! Sounds. like one of them David Coleman quotes to me.

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