Due to the lack of accompanying media I’ve held a couple of reports back and Simon sent me a couple together so this is a great opportunity to roll them up into one post – and here it is.
It’s safe to say Walsall Wood are still on very good form and yesterday beat Uttoxeter Town away 3-2 – coming from 2-0 down at half time in what was said to be a remarkable match. A review of that one will be up soon, hopefully.
I think at the moment Walsall Wood are ten points clear at the top of the league and seem to be fairly unassailable, but looking around Ilkeston seem to have other ideas.
Here’s the roundup, and thanks to the lads for the reports. Hopefully I’ll get it more together as were get into our stride in coming weeks and adjust.
Simon Evans wrote:
Walsall Wood v Lichfield City
Home match Tuesday 6th March 2018
Before kick off there was a minutes silence for Bill Shaw. Lichfield kicked off and after 7 minutes a great through ball found Drew Aiton who coolly slotted in at the Shaw end. 0 1 to Lichfield. This seemed to spark the Wood, Paul Sullivan forcing a corner. From the corner, Gavin Hurrens header was cleared off the line. After 17 minutes, Paul Sullivan rifled an unstoppable shot into the back of the net 1-1. Wood were now in control, a great through ball put Tony Clarke through, his shot going agonisingly wide. Next some trickery from Peter Till on the wing, his cross was met perfectly by Ben Lunds header, but the post coming to Lichfields rescue, then Paul Sullivan had an effort which was wide.Lichfield then had a spell of pressure, a freekick was partially cleared by the wall, the rebound was just over the bar. Tony Clarke and Mitch Tolley then had efforts just wide. The last action of the first half saw Paul Sullivans effort going straight at the Lichfield keeper.
Half time: 1-1
The second half started as the first one ended with Wood on the front foot. Tony Clarke forcing a corner. Lichfield attacker then had a great chance, through on goal but shot straight at LLoyd Ransome in the Wood goal. Some trickery from the Lichfield winger who’s cross was met perfectly by the oncoming Lichfield attacker but there effort hit the post.On the hour mark, Wood went on a counter attack, Jordan Fitzpatrick winning a corner. From the resulting corner, Gavin Hurren’s effort finding the back of the net. 2-1 to the Wood. Six minutes later Paul Sullivan was through on goal, his finish finding the back of the net 3-1 to the Wood. A couple of minutes later Gavin Hurrens shot found the back of the net 4-1 to the Wood. By now Wood were playing some lovely football, this resulted in Paul Sullivan grabbing his hat trick 5-1 . Tony Clarke then had an effort ruled out for offside, Paul Sullivan was through on goal, but Lichfield keeper made a fine save.
Lichfield than had a spell of pressure, this resulted in a corner. From the corner, a flick header found the back of the Wood net 5-2.
Jordan Fitzpatrick then had an effort just over the bar. Lee Butler then went on a surging run, he was upended just outside the box. From the resulting free kick, Jordan Fitzpatrick curled one goalwards, the Lichfield keeper made a fine save, but Tony Clarke was on hand to tap in no 6.
Full time: Walsall Wood 6 v 2 Lichfield City
The week before on a bitterly cold night, Walsall Wood played in a top of the table clash with Leicester Road. Peter Till via a goalkeeping error score the 100th league goal this campaign for the Wood. Both teams had chances With a minute to go Leicester Road scored a wonderful equalising goal.
Full time: Wood 1 v 1 Leicester Road
Pictures and captions from the Brocton match Kindly supplied by the young David Evans.
Walsall Wood v Brocton
Home match 24th March 2018
Wood kicked off and straight away went on the offensive. But the first real chance went to Brocton, a freekick was partially dealt with, the ball finding the Brocton winger who’s cross was well claimed by Lloyd Ransome in the Wood goal. His distribution set up a Wood counter attack, Lewis Haydens pass into Lei Brown in the box, his shot was just wide of the post. Brocton then had a great chance, a freekick was half cleared back to the Brocton midfielder, his long range effort deflected off a Wood player to the Brocton striker who’s first time effort was just wide. Soon after a great ball found Tony Clarke, his run and cross into the 6 yard box was inadvertently diverted into his own net by the oncoming Brocton defender just as Lei Brown was ready to pounce. 1-0 to the Wood.
Lewis Hayden then tested the Brocton keeper with a teasing cross, but the keeper held well. Ben Lund’s pinpoint cross, was met by Lei Brown but the shot was just over the bar. Tony Clarke then made half a yard but his shot rolled agonisingly wide. Brocton then had a spell of pressure, but the Wood defence held firm. Craig Deakin then had a chance following a surging run, his effort going wide. The last chance of the half fell to the Wood, a Lei Brown header going just wide, following a free kick.
Half Time: 1-0 to the Wood
The second half started with Brocton attacking. A surging run and shot straight at Lloyd Ransome in the Wood goal. A quick Wood freekick found Keenen-Richards in the box, his effort just over the bar. Brocton midfielder then had a half chance, but his effort was high.
A quick throw in found Ben Lund, his speed got him into the box, his cross was met perfectly by lee Butler, the Brocton keeper making a fine save.
Within minutes a long range ball found ben lund on the right, his run into the box and effort was parried by the Brocton keeper, Tony Clarke on hand to knock the ball in to the net 2-0.
Peter Till then found Lee Butler, he made half a yard but his effort rolled wide.
Brocton then started to press, a resulting freekick was dealt with by the Wood defence. Soon after the ref blew for the end of the match.
Full time:. Walsall Wood 2 v 0 Brocton
Match footage from the wonderful Russell Smith at The-Wood.tv
Walsall Wood v Heath Hayes
Home match Tuesday 27th March 2018
Wood started strongly and soon found themselves a goal up. Kyle Rowley forcing home from a freekick. Mitch Tolley headed over from a Jordan Fitzpatrick corner. Lei Brown then had a header which clipped the crossbar. Heath Hayes then had a spell of pressure, LLoyd Ransome saving well.
On the stroke of half time, a Wood freekick ,Jordan Fitzpatrick fizzed it in, but Andrew Westwood couldn’t get enough on it and the ball went wide. HT 1-0 to the Wood.
In the second Half, Wood went in search of more goals, a great run by Ben Lund nearly created a half chance. Heath Hayes attacked, Humphries tested LLoyd Ransome in the Wood goal.
Into the last 10 minutes, great play by Ben Lund who’s effort is tapped in by Tony Clarke. 2-0 to the Wood.
Wood sub Dan Okojie, then went on a surging run, a clumsy tackle on him in the box resulting in a penalty. Lei Brown calmly slotted home no 3. 3-0 to the Wood. The last attack of the game saw Nathan Walkers header hit the crossbar.
Full time: Walsall Wood 3 v 0 Heath Hayes