Images and captions kindly supplied by the young David Evans.
Walsall Wood FC were unbeaten yesterday (Saturday 1st September 2018) as yet another home match saw them face visitors Stourport Swifts – although there does seem to be something of a goal drought underway.
Blog football correspondent David Evans submitted the following report:
Saturday 1st September 2018
Walsall Wood 0 v 0 Stourport Swifts
The last of the summer sunshine brought an unexpected though welcome dimension to this first meeting of these teams this season.
A competitive and fully sporting game of quality football graced the beautifully manicured grass at Oak park. For the Wood the task was clear and simple and for the Swifts the unknown strengths of the home team created a dilemma. Swifts early play showed a measure of well-worked passing and running that tested the home team – but the Wood always rise to the level of effort and industry required.
Excellent defensive play by the home side underlined the strength and ability in this premier division. Last week’s visitors brought a different, more earthy challenge. Today’s test was one of refinement. The propensity to using high lobbing kicks, though understandable, was ultimately of questionable worth in assisting either side to break through the stiff defensive lines that both possessed.
It was in the second half, and especially the last twenty minutes of this closely fought game that the Wood brought in their substitutions, to add diversity and surprise to their repertoire.
The game sparkled from this moment. A barrage of shots on goal rattled the side posts, again and again. The visiting side’s defence trembled and quaked as a sea of red assaulted their battlements, to roars from the home supporters, those sober and those… Less so.
This was a superb game of tactical soccer, determined tackling and running, fine ball control and accurate short and long range shots. Though the supporters all wanted a win for their team, in the end a draw was the result.
Today real, proper, skilful sporting soccer was the winner, and remedied any lingering unpleasant memories from one recent home league game.
As ever, thanks to David for the report – always appreciated. For The Good of the Wood!