Pictures and captions generously supplied by the young David Evans.
Walsall Wood FC entertained Nottingham’s curiously named Dunkirk FC at Oak Park last Saturday (13th February 2016) for a home match that it’s fair to say, saw the visitors soundly beaten.
Simon Evans, still in the hottest while Bill Shaw convalesces, was there and submitted the following match report:
Walsall Wood 5 v 1 Dunkirk
Wood kicked off, with the first attack seeing Dunkirk’s no 9 Frost whip in a teasing cross which the Wood defence cleared. After five mnutes a Wood free kick was quickly taken and cleared for a corner. A Louis Harris shot was eventually cleared. A couple of minutes later a Joey Butlin snap shot was well saved.
Wood were starting to dominate now, a through ball saw the Dunkirk keeper misfire a clearance to Dan Griffiths who shot just wide, with the goal at his mercy. A minute later a Joey Butlin free kick was well saved for a corner, the resulting corner saw Grant Becketts header well cleared.
Dunkirk then had a counter attack, Parton broke through only to be denied by a great bit of defending, Frost had a run at the Wood defence only to be denied by another last ditch tackle. Dunkirk no. 4 then had a well placed header that just went over the bar.
After 25 minutes the breakthrough for the Wood: A Joey Butlin lob from well ouside the goal nestled in the back of the net. 1-0 to the Wood.
Straight from the kick off, Dunkirk no. 10 Lang had a chance but shot just wide. A Wood free kick was well defended, Dunkirk had a counter attack, which was quelled brilliantly by Hildreth, Woods no. 6. Dunkirk then had a good passage of play, Parton to Moore, but the attack was smothered by Jenkins in the Wood goal.
On 39 minutes a great pass by Dan Griffiths to Joey Butlin, one touch and a great shot which was well saved by Want in Dunkirk’s goal.
HT 1-0 to the Wood
Dunkirk made a substitution at Half time.
After 52 minutes Wood went 2-0 up. Another goal for Joey Butlin after a great pass to him, and Walsall Wood were pressing for a third goal.
Sixty minutes saw 3-0 to the Wood – a great ball to Lewis Taylor Boyce who ran at the Dunkirk defence, cut the ball back to Joey Butlin who scored.
Some great play followed by Dunkirk’s no. 9 Frost, whose cross was well defended by the Wood lads, then Lang the Dunkirk no. 10 had a looping cross cleared by the Wood keeper and defence. Harry Harris had a great long range shot which went just past the post, followed by some great play by Joey Butlin who used his strength to get in the box, but the shot was just wide.
Louis Harris had a great run at the Dunkirk defence, a good pass to Corey Currithers (a second half substitution) who crossed to Lewis Taylor Boyce, his shot defended for a corner.
Wood then made another sub, Max Black came on for Louis Harris. Great wing play by Corey Currithers, his curling cross shot well held by the Dunkirk keeper.
After 77 minutes Wood went 4-0 up. A carbon copy of the third goal, a ball passed to Lewis Taylor Boyce who ran at the defence and squared for Joey Butlin to score his 4th.
A couple of minutes on, Dunkirk bagged a consolation goal, Carl Spencer running at the defence and drilled a great shot into the net.
With 82 minutes gone, Corey Currithers wing play enabled him to get into the penalty box, his cross fell to Joey Butlin, who rifled in his 5th golfer the Wood.
The last few minutes saw Wood attacking, Joey Butlin and Max Blaxk both had shots which successfully defended.
Full time: Wood 5 Dunkirk 1.
Another great display by the Wood and in particular by Joey Butlin.
As ever, thanks to Simon and David for the report – always appreciated – for The Good of the Wood!