Images and captions kindly supplied by David Evans
Walsall Wood FC were at home to Coventry United yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 22nd September 2018, and much to the delight of the faithful, they Woodmen pulled off a hard-fought win.
Footage of the match highlights by Russell Smith for the wonderful, highly professional The-Wood.tv – similar footage of Tuesday’s Uttoxeter replay can be seen at this link here.
David Evans was there, and was pleased with what he saw:
Walsall Wood 1 v 0 Coventry United
This afternoon’s soccer match brought a visually delightful display of soccer to thrill all those spectators who had braved the rain to watch this game. Some has travelled from Coventry and were made welcome by the home supporters, as is the tradition here and at other grounds.
The heavy drizzle which lasted all through the match did not dampen the spirits of either the earnest players, their unruffled managers, or even the keen spectators.
This was going to be a display of fine, quality soccer. I could sense this before the kick off. It was indeed a contest which showed mature, graceful play – through passes, ball control, measured off the ball running, determined leaping for balls; all reflecting two proficient sides whose team understanding and cohesion was self-evident.
Walsall Wood fielded some different players today following the wear and tear and injuries sustained in the last week or so, thus giving a fresh look to the team, and the opportunity to employ fresh tactics from the repertoire.
The score remained at no goals to either side as half time brought a welcome break for players and spectators. Tea and cucumber sandwiches for the players and their managers, in private.
Both sides displayed different patterns of play in the second half; made various substitutions to bring a new balance to their sides’ composition. The centre field players dominance and key roles remained as they had been in the first half. Solid, strong, powerful. Delightful to spectate. Both goalkeepers played majestically and brilliantly.
The hard work paid off when an eventual breakthrough goal came for Walsall Wood, and immediately Coventry responded in force, which brought greater endeavour too by the home side who launched attack after attack; with excellent defensive play by the visitors and home side.
As is always the case, the last minutes of a match can either zoom by or take an eternity to complete. But this entire game today passed quickly for the spectators: a sure reflection of the captivating nature of the finely-balanced contest.
The game ended with Walsall Wood winning by one goal to nil. But, there were no losers. Not today. This afternoon it was football, the sport and the players in both teams, who were also the winners, as the applause that rang out at the end of the game bore witness.
Full respect for the players today.
Thanks to David Evans once more for an honest, entertaining match report as ever complete with great photos. It really is an honour to feature them.
Check out Walsall Wood FC’s website here.