Yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 21st October 2018), Walsall Wood F.C. faced Quorn F.C. at Oak Park, and I’m pleased to say Walsall Wood again won in a fast paced game with lots of action.
David Evans worte:
Images and captions kindly supplied by David Evans
Walsall Wood FC 2 v 1 Quorn
An unexpectedly warm late October afternoon, thin sunshine and no breeze. The pitch looked glorious… freshly cut real grass, immaculate and a feast for the eyes. Newly installed boards round the pitch are now complete and the footpath around it just completed. Each week some new work and visible improvement reflects the hard work and devotion of the volunteers who toil to bring the sporting spectacle in all its glory to those who are fortunate to attend.
Quorn the visitors have travelled from far away to bring their sporting challenge to Oak Park. The usual warm welcome and courtesies are offered and readily accepted.
Just as the game was about to start a beautiful marauding buzzard flies high over the field of play. Fine feathers, but no club badge. Groundhopper?
The game itself turned out to be a hard, physical challenge by the visitors, which brought out the controlled patient team soccer that we always enjoy. Today home and away spectators were delighted to witness skilful, though physical soccer both two teams who were determined to win. And this showed, sometimes in deft footwork, sometimes in accurate passing and running. Perhaps inevitably there were some, deliciously interesting moments which challenged the officials throughout the match. But patience was the bye-word today, both for the match officials and especially for Walsall Wood.
Sharp breakaway moves by Quorn reflected the game they play on their home synthetic grass surface. But, as we have seen recently, the whole range of soccer tactics are limited; here at Oak Park the visitors were repeatedly frustrated when dispossessed of the ball.
The first goal, in the first half, brought a sense of satisfaction, joy and contentment for the home team, and an amazing outburst of petulance from elsewhere – away from the field of play. But, to their credit, the visiting players now set to their task of achieving an equalising goal, as the Wood increased their own tempo. Super game to watch.
Quorn ‘s hard work and effort was rewarded when they scored that precious equalising goal, not long before the break brought when both teams enjoyed that magical cucumber sandwiches, no crusts, and Earl Grey tea time, and spectators took a while to re-lubricate sore throats , to reflect and blink again on what they had seen… and heard.
The second half brought with it a harder, more physical display of soccer, with both goalkeepers performing to their limit, bringing appreciation from the spectators. Some substitutions were made to implement different tactics. A fast flowing game of soccer was apparent in the second half play, with some odd apparent clumsy tackles here and there, but no real antagonism. The Wood scored their second goal from a brilliantly worked out and executed plan.
Despite all the hard effort, bluster and gritty determination by the visitors the final score remained two goals to the Wood, and one goal to Quorn.
The final whistle was blown and the Wood gained the reward of a well-deserved home win against some spirited play by the visitors from their posh synthetic surface in Leicestershire. The visiting team, for their part, contributed fully to make this match a delightful one to spectate.
Thanks to David for the report – much appreciated – for The Good of the Wood!