Images and captions Kindly supplied by David Evans.
Saturday (28th April 2018) saw Walsall Wood FC cement their position as league champions for the 2017-18 season of the MFL league by beating Sutton Coldfield’s Paget Rangers 3-0 at Oak Park, followed by the presentation of the Championship Shield, and event which at this point last season might have seemed fanciful.
David Evans was there to witness the match, punctuated at half time by Lynn Shaw, wife of the late, great Bill Shaw, presenting awards to the Saints team for their efforts this season, and also the new Bill Shaw award for service to the club – a very touching moment.
Russell Smith hasn’t yet posted footage from this match on The-Wood.TV, but he has posted the first half goals from the Ilkeston match on the previous Tuesday, 24th April 2018 which saw Walsall Wood defeated at home, 4-0, there only defeat do san this year. You can watch that footage here.
Dave Evans wrote:
Walsall Wood 3 v 0 Paget rangers
28th April 2018
Today the very full complement of spectators and supporters watched a fine display of controlled, accurate football by two sporting local teams whose determination and endeavour was a credit to all those who took part. Walsall Wood and Paget Rangers both took and lost possession of the ball in the first half as both sides exhibited the obvious need to win this match. Try as they may niehter side could effectively break through the opposing team’s resolute defence and the scoreline remained blank at half time.
With deft substitutions by both sides, and doubtless with sweet words of encouragement by the respective team managers over the half time cucumber sandwiches and Earl Grey tea from bone china cups, enjoyed in the privacy of the changing rooms, the teams emerged to continue this full speed encounter.
Eventually the Wood scored their first goal… a sweet gentle tap through a hole in the opponents’ defensive line. The reply by Paget was to be expected and they tried different tactics to outsmart the Wood. Delightful soccer. However, apart from one thunderous long-range shot on goal by Paget, which in other matches would surely have scored the rocket equalising goal, today it was not to be so.
Wood scored a second goal, employing one of their repertoire of tactics, and then a third.
Noticeable throughout this sporting encounter were the occasions when a player would offer a hand to help an opponent up from the lush, real grass, and the frequent brief handshakes, too. Love real soccer. Love local non-league soccer.
The game ended and all the spectators showed their appreciation . Applause for all the players.
Thanks to David for a great report and photos – for the good of The Wood!
Below is a gallery of images from the shield presentation for winning the league, again supplied by David.