Images and captions kindly supplied by David Evans
Fantastic scenes at Oak Park last Tuesday evening (2nd February 2016) as Walsall Wood smashed their way to a 6-1 victory over visitors Rocester – congratulations to the Woodmen on a great victory!
Simon and David Evans (Still at the reigns covering admirably for Bill Shaw) were there, and sent the following match report:
Walsall Wood 6 v 1 Rocester
Wood kicked off and the first few minutes saw Rocester put the Wood under constant pressure which was defended well. Wood’s first shot saw Ben Evans surge into the box, his shot just wide. Next up Joey Butlin had a good strong run into the box which was also well defended. The resulting corner saw Luke Wrights shot cleared by a Rocester player on the line.
After 13 minutes came the breakthrough, Wood were given a penaty. Up stepped Joey Butlin who calmly slotted the ball home. Rocester’s Callum Riddell then had a great run, cut inside but fired just wide. Straight after that Harry Harris had a wonderful volley from outside the box which went over the bar.
On 21 minutes Wood won another corner, which was whipped in when Joey Butlin scored with a wonderful header.
Minutes later a great through ball from Joey Butlin released Steven Hayles who, as the Rocester keeper raced out, passed the ball past him only for it to go agonizingly wide. The Visitors then had a few minutes sustained pressure on the Wood goal, Rocester ‘s Robert Richie-Smith provided a great cross which resulted in a corner, team mate Liam Shaw had a shot just over the bar and Liam Sowter burst into the Wood penalty area, his shot being saved by the Wood keeper.
The last action of the first half saw Ben Evans go on a surging run, his through ball to JoeyButlin was fought off by a combination of Rocester defender and keeper.
Half time: 2-0 to Wood
The second half started in the same way as the first ended, both teams attacking. After 53 minutes Rocester got a goal back, well taken by Callum Riddell. Within two minutes Wood had restored their two goal lead, while another penalty was put away by Joey Butlin. Minutes later Walsall Wood scored yet again through Joey Butlin.
Rocester then continued to attack the Wood goal. Both teams then made substitutions and within minutes Lewis Taylor Boyce provided a great cross, Louis Harris powered a header into the back of the Rocester net. Joey Butlin went through only for his attempt to be well saved by Rochester, who then had a free kick which was tipped over by the Wood keeper for a succession of corners.
With the clock at 83 minutes, Joey Butlin scored again with a wonderful volley, returning quickly to power into the box, cut back and unleash a powerful shot which regrettably finished just past the post.
Full time: 6-1 to the Wood.
An enjoyable match in which the Wood progressed to the next round
Thanks to David and Simon for another great match report…
What more can I add, but For The Good of the Wood!