Wood leave travelling fans anguished at Whit’s end and Loughborough goalless in their wake

Images and captions Kindly supplied by the young David Evans.

Well, a resurgent Walsall Wood, undimmed by their recent defeat by Ilkeston triumphed over Whitchurch yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 25th August 2018) and on the previous Tuesday over Loughborough to kickstart their FA Cup run for this season – David Evans was there for the action at both matches, and submitted the following reports.

Saturday 25th August 2018
Walsall Wood FC 2 v 1 Whitchurch Alport FC

This was set to be a hard match for either side to win; and that’s the nature of cup-ties. Whitchurch Alport FC were welcomed at Oak Park with the band of hardy, raucous and vociferous supporters who have graced this  venue in the past.

The game started at the cracking pace it was played at through all the ninety plus minutes of excellent football that the spectators enjoyed. Emotion and audience participation is part of football matches for the fans. There was much to get excited about in this sporting and well-played contest. Both teams showed excellent ball control, skilful manoeuvres, fine passing and long range kicks. The leaping for high balls was one of the special features of todays game, reflecting the athleticism and determination that brought the match  to life.

There was little give and take as both teams struggled and strove to make a break through to score the vital first goal. It was the Wood who achieved this through sheer skill, and the game came to life. A tackle adjudged to be too enthusiastic gave Whitchurch a free kick from which they scored the equalising goal, to a roar from their travelling faithful.

 

Professional video report of the match from Ruseel Smith’s The_Wood.tv.

There were numerous substitutions in the second half as the visitors tried different tactics but the Wood scored another goal, their second, which gave the visitors an almost impossible task. The Wood kept up the pressure until the final whistle was blown by the ever-patient referee and suddenly the sporting spectacle came to an end. Joy for the home team; despondency for the visitors. This was a match to remember, for many different, positive reasons.

Final score, Walsall Wood, two goals, Whitchurch Alport FC one goal.

Images and captions Kindly supplied by the young David Evans.

Tuesday 21st August 2018
Walsall Wood 3 v o Loughborough University FC 

Following last Saturday’s high spirited game here at Oak Park  I was not sure what to expect this evening. What I was privileged to see was a thoroughly sporting game of soccer played by both sides, both determined to gain three points through honest fair play.

Consequently spectators were able to follow the developing contest with some measure of calm and composure. This composure and calm confidence was there on the pitch, too, and in abundance. Loughborough started the game perhaps the brighter of the two sides, or,  maybe the Wood’s experience was such that this was only an impression and the Wood were biding their time.

Professional video report of the match from Ruseel Smith’s The_Wood.tv.

Wood scored the first of their three goals in a workmanlike proficient way that was a glorious as the warm rays of the setting sun beyond the silhouette of the Pithead statue…

The second half, played under floodlights with summer on the wane now… Was characterised by neat accurate ground passing by Loughborough. This was a feature of their play throughout the game, and different tactics from the  Wood’s repertoire.

This proved decisive for the outcome of the game and the Wood marked up a refreshing win, three goal to Loughborough’s nil.

My thanks to David, Russell and everyone at Walsall Wood FC for yet another week of cracking, high-quality community football and wonderful coverage. It’s all For the Good of The Wood!

 

 

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One Response to Wood leave travelling fans anguished at Whit’s end and Loughborough goalless in their wake

  1. David Evans says:

    Good morning Bob
    very many thanks for your excellent presentation..Most appreciated
    kind regards
    David

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