Images and captions kindly supplied by David Evans
Walsall Wood FC were at home to Coventry Sphinx yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 24th March 2019), and won somewhat resoundly, continuing this seasons run of general good form.
This match leaves Wood second in the table on 64 points – just three points behind leaders Ilkeston Town with 67 and 7 above Sporting Khalsa’s third position at 57.
David Evans has submitted an excellent match report, as he usually does:
Walsall Wood 4 v 1 Coventry Sphinx
A very important match was set to take place at Oak Park today. The pitch looked splendid as usual, the biting cold northerly wind was its usual self, a large crowd of well-lubricated spectators of all ages and girths surrounded the perimeter fence, some standing tall and proud, others just standing.
There was to be no loud fanfare from the sound machine this afternoon and the opportunity to converse and socialise with locals and visiting fans from Coventry was taken and everyone shared in the eager anticipation of the thrilling game to come.
The match started and the Wood were dominant and forceful from the start. Their accurate soccer and resulting early gains brought an added spark to the already fast pace of the game. But, Coventry, urged and encouraged by their vociferous management team seemed to be in defensive mode. A measure of greater confidence in themselves was yet to be apparent at this stage of the match.
Excellent passing and tackling by both teams characterised the overall play, with the Wood showing more maturity and coherence perhaps. Add to this the sparkling, dazzling play by some of the Wood’s team throughout the match and an understandable frustration among the Coventry side did take the edge of an otherwise positive game.
Yet Coventry, when they were two goals down started the second half by cheekily shooting for goal, from the centre spot… put their mark down for what was to come.
The Wood, for their part, excelled, to the delight of the home spectators. An almost successful overhead scissor-kick, and shot rebounding from the crossbar, rapid running with and for the ball. Well –worked accurate passing, delightful speciality moves, challenging tactics, all gave the home goalkeeper little to worry about today.
Today the sun shone weakly and a chill northerly breeze tickled the corner flags but the spectators were treated to a match to savour and stamp their feet, cheer and shout for this afternoon. The team are on song and full of it – confidence and top class spirit, and, my word, it shows.
Love the Wood!
Thanks to David for the pictures and report – for the Good of The Wood!
Also a couple of orphaned match reports from the last couple of weeks by Simon Evans, who’s been attending away matches when David has been unable. He sent the following reports:
Dunkirk 0 v 7 Walsall Wood
Saturday 9th March 2019
On a cold and blustery afternoon, Dunkirk hosted Walsall Wood.
From the off, Walsall Wood looked sharp, Matt Dodds thwarted by the Dunkirk defender. Javia Roberts was causing the Dunkirk defence trouble with his pace. From a resulting corner, the Dunkirk defence cleared the ball and had a counter attack, the resulting shot didn’t test LLoyd Ransome in the Wood goal. Paul Sullivan then had a shot blocked by the Dunkirk defender, the ball fell to John Atherton whose shot hit the side netting.
The opening goal came on 24 minutes, a cross was headed out to Javia Roberts, who’s shot went in off the post. 0-1
Soon after it got better for the Wood, from a long goal kick by Lloyd Ransome, Javia Roberts won a corner. The corner was crossed in, Dunkirk keeper Alex Smith pushed the ball out to Jak Barnes who’s shot found the back of the net. 0-2
The second half started brightly for the Wood, Matt Dodds having a great chance but the shot hit the side netting. Dunkirk then had penalty appeal waved away, Wood countered Matt Dodds raced through but Alex Smith was equal to the effort making a fine save.
On 60 minutes Wood scored again, Matt Dodds raced through again, his pull back was met by a combination of Javia Roberts and Dunkirk sub Nat Appiah, the ball finding the back of the net 0-3 .
On 66 minutes Paul Sullivan rounded off a fine performance with Woods 4th goal. 0-4. Wood were rampant now and were looking for more goals. On 69 minutes a reckless challenge by Dunkirk keeper Alex Smith saw him yellow carded and a penalty to the Wood. Mitch Tolley making no mistakes 0-5.
On 73 minutes the Wood were awarded another penalty, Alex Smith the Dunkirk keeper getting a second yellow, which saw him sent off. Up Stepped Mitch Tolley who again made no mistake from the spot 0-6.
The next attack saw Peter Till’s pass met sweetly by Mitch Tolley, his effort just the wrong side of the post.
Dunkirk then had a half chance, but the effort didn’t trouble Lloyd Ransome in the Wood goal.
In injury time Javia Roberts raced through, but the substitute Dunkirk keeper pulled off a fine save. Not to be outdone, the next attack, Javia Roberts ran into the box, his pullback was met by Kevin Monterio who made no mistake from close range. 0-7
Stourport Swifts 1 v 2 Walsall Wood
Saturday 2nd March 2019
Walsall Wood gave starts to their new acquisitions, Kaylum Mitchell and Matt Dodd. Wood started on the front foot. An early free kick was easily held by the Stourport keeper. The first real chance saw Lloyd Ransome in the Wood goal with a fine save to thwart the Stourport attacker. Both teams were creating half chances but there was no end product.
A great long range pass from Mitch Tolley found John Atherton who surged into the box, but shot high over the bar. A Stourport freekick was headed over by the Stourport Attacker. HT 0-0
The scond half started, the first attempt fell to Stourport, but the shot was over the bar. Wood started to get a foot hold. A freekick resulted in a corner which was cleared. A long range effort by the Stourport attacker, saw Lloyd Ransome make a fine fingertip save.
The breakthrough came just after the hour, Matt Dodd was bundled over in the box. Mitch Tolley scoring the resulting penalty. 0-1.
Within a couple of minutes Stourport had equalised, a towering header finding the back of the net. 1-1. With time running out, Wood went searching for the winning goal, John Atherton found Javia Roberts but the keeper was equal to the effort.
With time almost up, Paul Sullivan’s cross was met by Javia Roberts, who’s header found the back of the net. Soon after the ref blew for FT, Wood winning 2-1
My thanks to Simon for those reports: I know you’ve been busy old chap just been waiting for an appropriate post to attach them to.
Check out Walsall Wood FC’s website here.