Pictures and captions Kindly supplied by the young David Evans.
Saturday week ago (31st March 2018) the blog father and son groundhog double act David and Simon Evans went to watch the away match between the Woodmen and Uttoxeter at a rather damp Oldfields, and whilst there saw another good win – pleasing for the faithful as the match looked a difficult prospect, particularly considering the Woodmen were 2-0 down at half time…
It’s also worth noting that yesterday – 6th April 2018 – Walsall Wood beat Stafford Town away 5 – 0 continuing their remarkable run:
Wood put in a good professional performance today another 3 points and great use of the squad #FTGOTW 0:5— Walsall Wood FC (@WalsallWoodFC) April 7, 2018
back with the Utoxetter game, Simon Evans submitted the following report:
Uttoxetr 2 v 3 Walsall WoodUttoxeter kicked off, and from the off went on the attack, Mitch Tolley clearing the danger. The next Uttoxeter attack saw Lloyd Ransome claim well. Woods first attack saw Lewis Hayden find Jordan fitzpatrck, his cross eluded the oncoming Wood players. Both teams were intent on attacking, both defences holding out well.After 25 mins Uttoxeter scored the games first goal, James Curleys fine effort finding the bottom corner of the net 1 -0.From the kick off Wood went on the counter attack, Tony Clarkes header just wide of the post. Then following a cross by Peter Till, the ball finding it’s way into the back of the net, but the goal was ruled out by the officials Just before half time, Uttoxeter scored again, the winger getting into the box, his pull back was cleared off the line, but James Curley followed up and stroked the ball in the net 2-0.HT 2-0The second half started with Ben Lund and Dan Okojie on. Within minutes Tony Clarke had a half chance but his effort was well defended, next following a through ball, the keeper thwarting Tony Clarke. Wood were enjoying some good pressure, but Uttoxeter looked dangerous on the break. Wood made there final sub, Paul Sullivan replacing Lei Brown. The Uttoxeter midfielder then cut inside, his curling effort was just over the bar.Paul Sullivan’s cross looped into the back of the net 2-1. Within a few minutes, Paul Sullivan then made himself half a yard, his rasping effort was parried by the keeper, the defender getting to the ball before Ben Lund and conceded a corner. From the corner Tony Clarke bundled in the equalising goal 2-2.Ben Lund and Paul Sullivan were causing panic for the Uttoxeter defenders.With time ticking away, Wood were awarded a penalty following a clumsy tackle in the box.Paul Sullivan stepped up and coolly slotted it in. 2 -3.There was still time for Uttoxeter to press for an equalling goal.A curling effort sailing just over the bar.There wasn’t time for LLoyd Ransome to take the goal kick as the ref blew for full time. Wood winning 2-3.Simon Evans
Uttoxeter made Walsall Wood work hard today, and seemed to be running through the Walsall Wood players… Speed, and more accurate passing showing that the younger team in Yellow were determined to have a go and at half time Uttoxeter were leading two goals to nil. Oh dear
The second half brought out the best in the Wood, especially in the last part of the game, when the Wood scored two goals to draw level, and then , in the final minutes of the match got the winning goal from a penalty kick.
Huge relief and elation. But the Wood were made to work hard.
Cheers to David and Simon, the faithful and of course the players. For the Good of The Wood!