Walsall Wood hammer Hinckley, and other club news including a temporary home for Pelsall Villa!

Images of last Saturday’s Walsall Wood away match (th August 2017) at Cadbury Athletic, which Wood won one-nil. Images very kindly supplied by Simon Evans

I’ve a whole tranche of Walsall Wood football news today as I feature a disparate collection of submissions – photos of last Saturday’s Cadbury Athletic match from Simon Evans, a match report from Bill Shaw of Tuesday’s away victory (15th August 2017) at Hinckley and photos from last weeks Pelsall Villa – Redditch game that was played at Oak Park de to the vandalism difficulties at the Villan’s home ground.

First up, Bill Shaw enjoyed the Hinckley win…

Hiya Bob,

Saturday’s win at Cadbury courtesy of a Paul Sullivan penalty gave Wood a good start to their league programme, but last night’s hard fought victory over Hinckley was a superb performance against a side who won’t be far off the top come April.

It’s the magic of the FA Cup next with Tividale the visitors on Saturday as Wood look to claw some cash back from the FA.


Hinckley AFC 1 v 4 Walsall Wood

Wood made it three wins out of three with this hard fought victory at Hinckley.  Already three-one down the home side lost defender Dominic Smith to a second yellow in the 79th minute.  Wood already in control saw the resulting free kick by Jordan Fitzpatrick spilled by keeper Haydn Whitcombe, Tony Clarke first to the loose ball to score from close range.

Almost from the start Hinckley striker Sam Agar gave notice of his intent, he collected a ball out wide right and seeing keeper Lloyd Ransome off his line put an audacious 50 yard lob wide of the far post.

Wood’s first effort came on six minutes, Tony Clarke played the ball out wide left to Jordan Fitzpatrick, his low cross fired home by Joey Butlin to put Wood in the driving seat.

On 14 minutes James Williams got clear wide right, his cross into the centre headed behind by Chris Slater to deny Agar.

Four minutes later Butlin got clear wide left, his ball inside found Peter Till who ran on to calmly slot home Wood’s second.

Almost immediately it was two-one, Sean Williams powered in along the left byeline, crossed low into the box and Darious Darkin forced the ball over the line in a scramble.

On 26 minutes a left wing free kick was half cleared to Andrew Westwood 30 yards out to fire a first time effort wide.

From the goal kick the ball found its way to Agar on the right of the box, he cleverly turned his marker before firing in a rising drive that was well held by Ransome.

Wood had the last chance of the half, a neat move left of centre ending with Westwood finding Till who ran on only to fire wide.

Five minutes into the second half Clarke collected a ball wide left, cut inside firing wide from the edge of the box. Eight minutes later a long ball forward by skipper Darren Campion found Butlin on the right of the box, he was forced wide by three defenders but was still strong enough to fire in a rising drive that was pushed over by Whitcombe. From the corner the ball was played out to Louis Harris, his first time low drive bringing a full length save from the keeper.  On 63 minutes Harris played a ball into the left of the box, Clarke touched it on to Fitzpatrick whose first time drive was blocked.

A rare home attack on 64 minutes saw them win a left wing free kick, Agar was released wide left, he cut inside and fired in a ball for Williams on the right of the box, Ransome out quickly and bravely to save at his feet.

On 70 minutes Butlin ran at the defence before being brought down 25 yards out just left of centre.  Fitzpatrick firing a peach of a free kick into the top right hand corner. On 79 minutes a long ball forward found Clarke left of centre, he left Dominic Smith for dead only for the defender to launch a tackle from behind, he’d already been booked and didn’t wait for the red card. To do justice for the tackle Fitzpatrick fired in the free kick, Whitcombe spilled the ball, Clarke pounced to make it four-one.

Wood now content with their evenings efforts shut up shop, Agar was still dangerous but was given little space, the visitors running out well deserved victors.

Tow banana skin fixtures negotiated, six points in the bag as Wood look to bounce straight back, there will be harder games than this ill-tempered affair but they stayed calm under pressure as they warmed up for Saturdays F.A.Cup match with Tividale.

Bill Shaw.

The Teams:

Hinckley AFC – Whitcombe, J. Williams, Haines, Halil, Smith, Francis (captain), Butler, Darkin, Agar, Williams, Cooper, Tomlinson, Jackson, Rolston, Healy, Bowerman.

Walsall Wood – Ransome, Taylor, Campion (captain), Slater, Hurren, Tolley, Till, Westwood, Butlin, Clarke, Fitzpatrick, L. Harris, Taylor Boyce, McFarlane, Deakin Faultless. 

Thanks to Bill for a great report! Always appreciated.

It’s also worth noting that Walsall Wood Football Club have extended the hand of friendship to Pelsall Villa and offered Oak Park up for matches while the Pelsall side are crippled due to recent vanal attacks.

David Evans said:

I watched Pelsall play Redditch at Oak Park on Saturday, 12th August. The day after Pelsall Villa suffered the arson attack, Walsall Wood FC’s Chairman offered Pelsall Oak Park for them to lay home matches etc.

Pelsall have been immensely grateful!

Pelsall lost three-one to Redditch, sadly but their supporters were made welcome and enjoyed their visit to the WWFC clubhouse!

David supplied the following images of that match:

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.

I guarantee you’ll have more fun cheering on the local chaps than you ever will watching the over-priced prima donnas on TV…

For the good of The Wood!

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