Yesterday afternoon (23rd February 2019), Walsall Wood F.C. finally had a match at home following a few weeks away, having a looser schedule this year to help cover any bad weather.
The Woodmen held their own against Hereford’s Westfields, coming away with a respectable two all draw after a cracking game. With all four of the league’s top teams – Walsall Wood, Sporting Khalsa, Westfields and Ilkeston Town in matches against each other, yesterday’s results left Walsall Wood at second in the league.
The young David Evans makes a welcome return to match reporting after his recent illness, and sent the following photos and match report:
Images and captions kindly supplied by the young David Evans
Walsall Wood FC 2 v 2 Westfields FC
Today Walsall Wood FC welcomed Westfield, all the way up from Hereford. They have played here before, of course, and the quality of the visitors’ football, the positive sporting nature of their players, and the genuine greeting from their managers and directors always brings a note of pleasure and good nature to their visits.
Today’s encounter was an important one for both sides. There was no animosity or grumbling from any of the players, no whinging or disrespect of the officials, who played their positive part in this memorable match.
The game started at a measured pace as each side were understandably careful to settle down to play the strategy and moves they had practised and rehearsed in training.
The large body of spectators, in the stand or around the touchline were to thrill at the top class display of football skills on show by both sides. Fine midfield jumping, passing, rapid wing dashes along the touchline, accurate tackles, searching long kicks, all were there in abundance this afternoon.
Time fled past for the spectators. Goals came from largely well-worked manoeuvres, penalties were correctly awarded. Corner kicks were taken and delivered well by both sides.
It was difficult to keep up with the sheer pace of the play for spectators.
Blink and you surely missed something important. A large contingent of local youths joined in the vocal appreciation chorus line and applause as they, too, enjoyed the famous WWFC Red Army in action.
The final whistle was blown, applause and cheers rang out all around the ground. Players shook hands. An excellent game in every sense. A fair result.
As ever, thanks to David for the report – always appreciated. Keep gwarnin, for The Good of the Wood!