Images Kindly supplied by Simon Evans
I’m a bit behind with football stuff – sorry folks. Prepare for a rash of incoming ball-chaser news and reviews.
Last weekend Saturday, 23rd September 2017, Walsall Wood travelled over to Cradley, ironically enough a place I’d been the day before – small world, really – anyway, the Wood lads comfortably beat the chain maker lads, and Simon Evans was there to catch the action, and supplied the following report:
Cradley Town 0 v 2 Walsall Wood
Cradley started the brighter, but the Wood soon found their feet. First a lob by Butlin went wide, then after a great run, Boycey cut inside. His shot also going wide. Cradeley countered but some great defending from slater thwarted them. Soon after Wood made a sub, Slater went off after picking up an injury, Callum McFarlane replacing him. Sullivan then had the next best chance for Wood but the shot was just wide. Wood were now in full force, Westwood with an effort just wide Butlin with a header at the keeper. Cradley then countered but some great tackling from Deakin thwarted them. With half time approaching, a speculative left foot shot from Campion found the back of the net.
Half time: Cradley 0 v 1 Walsall Wood
The second half saw Wood make another enforced substitution, Campion was replaced by Lewis Hayden. Cradley still searching for an equaliser, Deakin went on a lazy run, his curling cross clipped the crossbar. Peter Till then manoeuvred himself a half chance, but his effort produced a save by the Cradley keeper. Cradley countered but the cross was well claimed by Ransome in the Wood goal. Soon after some great play by Till who fed Westwood, his shot found the back of the net. The Wood went two up.
Boycey then forced the Cradley keeper to fumble his cross for a corner. Then a red card for the Cradley player, two yellow cards in succession.
Butlin then found Sullivan with a great pass, Sullivan cut inside but the shot was just over the bar. Wood soon made final substitution, Boycey replaced by Harry Harris.
Till then forced the Cradley keeper to save, the rebound fell to Tolley but the effort was just over the bar. The last action of the match saw McFarlane force the Cradley keeper to another fine save, Till with the follow up just over the bar. Cradley did try to get a consolation, but the Wood saw the final few minutes out
Full time: Cradley 0 v 2 Walsall Wood
Thanks to Simon for the report and pictures, and sorry they were so late! Apologies.
Remember folks, it’s all For the Good of The Wood!