Pictures and captions Kindly supplied by the young David Evans.
Yesterday evening (Tuesday 18th September 2018) Walsall Wood FC faced down weekend away rivals Uttoxeter Town who had, on the previous Saturday held Wood to a two-all draw.
I’m pleased to note the the Woodmen won on home turf, in a high-scoring game that ended five to four in favour of the home side.
David Evans was there, and enjoyed a great game of football:
Walsall Wood 5 v 4 Uttoxeter Town
On the floodlit magnificent green grass real lawn that is the football pitch at Oak Park, the replay of the weekend away match that ended in a two-all stalemate was set to take place.
Numerous away supporters, some not seen at Uttoxeter last Saturday brought their presence and views to this stadium . We were expecting a thriller of a replay match. We were not disappointed.
The visitors started the contest with swift and effective play, sometimes to great effect, and to some measure of consternation among the home side. In what was a nightmare of a first half they were three goals ahead and Walsall Wood seemed to be in shock at this moment. Uttoxeter’s passing and running was accurate and effective.
The barracking given by the away bench of the referee jarred uncomfortably in my mind and detracted from the fine sport on display by both sides on the field of play.
The second half saw a revitalised home team emerge after enjoying a cup of tea and cucumber sandwich with the manager. A different approach and different tactics to grind away at the questionable stamina of the opponents was employed. A pro-active scheme was rolled out.
The full time score was four goals to each side, Walsall Wood playing a magnificent mature game in the second half to achieve this.
Extra time was full blooded football where the maturity and skill of the seasoned home side won through.
The final score was five goals to Walsall Wood, four goals to Uttoxeter Town. Uttoxeter will have learned much from their two FA Vase matches against Walsall Wood and the experience they have gained here will be remembered for a long time, I feel.
The following footage from the weekend away match at Uttoxeter was posted by the ever-excellent The-Wood.tv and Russell Smith last night:
Cheers to David and Russell, the faithful and of course the players. For the Good of The Wood!