Last Tuesday (1st December 2015) Walsall Wood FC battled the men of the moment Sporting Khalsa at Oak Park – and the result was a resounding victory for the Willenhall boys, much to the Wood fans dismay.
Bill Shaw was there to catch the action, and frankly, wasn’t impressed:
We lost the opener, now it’s the main course on Saturday when League points are at stake. We created enough chances in the first half to have been comfortably ahead at the break. The finishing however left a lot to be desired, if you don’t hit the target you don’t score, not exactly rocket science is it?
Both sides were missing influential players who were carrying little knocks and weren’t risked, so Saturday’s game could be totally different… We’ll soon find out.
J.W. Hunt Cup
Sporting Khalsa 2 v 0 Walsall Wood
Wood had the better of the first half, but still went in a goal down, courtesy of a Bradley Lawley strike in the 43rd minute. Marvin Nisbett wrapped the game up after 63 minutes.
After five minutes a hurried clearance by keeper Charles Price only went as far as Dan Griffiths 35 yards out, seeing the keeper stranded on the edge of his box he tried a cheeky lob that was just too high, much to the relief of the fast back pedalling Price. Three minutes later a lovely Wood move from a right wing throw saw Griffiths find Craig Deakin down the line, his ball inside picked out Drew Aiton who cut inside before hitting a rising drive just over.
On 12 minutes Carlo Franco crossed from wide on the home right to pick out Ben Hadley who went outside his marker and hit a rising drive that was well held by Wood keeper Lee Evans.
A minute later a clever short corner routine from Wood saw Deakin collect the ball, cross away from goal to find Aiton to fire a first time effort too high.
On 24 minutes Max Black cut inside from wide left, his goalbound effort was blocked only for the ball to fall for Griffiths to hit first time, the ball again blocked by a defender, loud penalty appeals ignored. Six minutes later Aiton won the ball on halfway and raced for goal, he went through three tackles before curling a shot just wide of the right hand post. On 37 minutes a long ball into the centre of the box bounced kindly for Tesfa Robinson and he was able to clear from Ben Evans.qq
On 43 minutes having comfortably held out Khalsa went ahead, Isaac Cooper crossed from wide on the left into the centre to find Bradley Lawley, who with his back to goal turned his marker and scored with a low drive just inside the right hand post to open the scoring.
The second half started quietly, with the home defence superbly marshalled by Robinson frustrating Wood’s efforts to get back in the game.
On 58 minutes a long ball out of defence saw keeper Evans race from his box to tackle Nicholas Campbell, the ball squirming out to Mike Perks 40 yards out, to hit a first time rising drive just over the empty net.
With Wood trying to open up the home defence a move broke down on 63 minutes, the ball neatly played forward through the centre before Marvin Nisbett was released into the right of the box, he calmly fired the ball past the advancing Evans, even though Deakin got to the ball on the line he could only help it into the net.
With time running out a forceful right wing run by Ben Evans saw him cut inside and pull the ball back into the path of Lewis Taylor Boyce to fire first time wide.
So it’s first blood to Sporting Khalsa but we do it all again on Saturday, this time with league points at stake.
Sporting Khalsa: Price, Franco, Cooper, Rogers, Robinson, Perks, Lawley, Martin, Campbell (Captain), Nisbett, Hadley, Cork, Nelson, Jackson, Meese, Pemberton.
Walsall Wood: L. Evans, Deakin, Hayles, Birch, Wright, Black, Griffiths, Harris, Taylor Boyce, Aiton, B. Evans, Juxon, Beckett, Ricketts, Currithers, Sidibe.
Thanks, as ever Bill – For The Goof Of The Wood!
Walsall Wood Football Club are a top local side with a big-hearted faithful who know how to have a great time supporting their lads, and welcome all comers to come enjoy great local soccer. The boys from The Wood have been at the heart of the local community for a century or more, so please do go check out a match or two if you’re curious.