Images and captions kindly supplied by the young David Evans
A chilly afternoon downwind of the rather aromatic Minworth Sewage Works at Romulus FCs Castle Vale ground rewarded the Wood faithful today (Saturday 6th April 2019) with a win in a hard fought but enjoyable encounter.
First up David Evans was there, and sent the above images and the following report – and following at the foot of the post, an additional report and footage from recent matches.
David Evans wrote:
Romulus FC 0 v 1 Walsall Wood FC
Saturday 6th April 2019
The football ground was probably the easiest one for me to find, situated in Castle Vale, just off the Spitifre Island. Impressive stand and complex, beautiful green grass. But not real grass. However the unusual – ripe – aroma that pervaded the ground from the nearby ‘water treatment facility’ had nothing synthetic about it.
No matter. A goodly choir of Wood away supporters of various ages, diameters and heights managed to squeeze through the eye-wateringly narrow turnstile [Lay off the half time doughnuts David! – Bob], regain composure and then, having made the necessary personal realignments, made their way to the welcome indoor bar before resolving to take their seats or positions around the perimeter wire fencing out in the open air.
Such was the unpredictability and force of the breeze that occasionally a wayward kick directed the football toward the more vocal of the spectators sat sitting in the stand. The said supporters retained their vocality, however.
The contest proved to be captivating and thrilling throughout the entire game today. Played at a fast pace and on the hard unyielding surface, we witnessed a level of accuracy of passing and determination of leaping that we see on a real pitch. Players of both sides demonstrated a fine ability to adapt the style of football to the demands of the day. Full credit.
It was the Wood who were first to show their composure and dominance, with swift moves, possession and control; yet Romulus , too demonstrated that they were playing on a surface they were well accustomed to. There seemed to be a fine balance of steady moves and deceptive counter moves… By both teams.
The half time whistle brought the players a necessary break with the usual cucumber sandwiches and cup of hot tea, served by their doting managers. Meanwhile, supporters, who by now were gasping for something liquid, to rinse their vocal chords, and something solid, to subdue the complaining rumbles from their half-frozen empty bellies, made their way to the welcoming bar, warmth, and then, slightly unsteadily, perhaps to snack bar.
The second half began as supporters resigned themselves to brave both the cold and neighbouring earthy aromas.
Romulus were visibly re-energised and seemed to have the upper hand at times, launching attacks and dashes in to the Woods half. The Wood, for their part, were resilient in defence as always and employed different tactics, which, after what seemed an eternity, brought a beautifully crafted and executed goal for the visitors.
The visiting supporters, who outnumbered the home supporters, erupted in shouts of delight, cheers, and other well-known ways. It was near the final ten minutes of the match and now Romulus threw everything, overcoming understandable frustration, attempting to gain a goal. But, today, mercifully, the day was the Wood’s.
Final score: Romulus nil, Walsall Wood FC one goal.
Now, who do the Wood play next? Oh yes, that town near Heanor. Should turn out to be an interesting match, that one, my ducks..
Thanks to David there – For The Good Of The Wood!
I notice also we recently had some match footage of the Saturday 23rd March 2019 Wood v Coventry Sphinx match posted up from the excellent and professional Russell Smith’s The-Wood.TV:
Additionally I have this report in from Simon Evans who attended the Loughborough away match last Saturday, another hard-fought Wood win.
Loughborough 1 v 2 Walsall Wood
Saturday 30th March 2019Wood started the brightly, Paul Sullivan with an effort that the defender blocked, Loughborough countered and forced a corner, which was cleared. On 15 minutes, Paul Sullivan’s effort was straight at the keeper. Wood soon got the first goal, Mitch Tolley’s effort finding the back of the net.Loughborough then had a brief spell of pressure, a freekick going just wide. Just before half time, Javia Roberts lobbed the oncoming Loughborough keeper from distance, but the ball bounced just wide. Loughborough countered and won a corner. The corner was swung in and found the corner of the net. The ref then blew for half time.Wood started the second half brightly, Javia Roberts effort was deflected onto the Loughborough crossbar by Matt Dodds. From a corner, Kyle Rowley headed just wide, Matt Dodds then went on a 40 yard run, beating defenders, but the keeper was equal to the effort. Javia Roberts effort was well saved by the Loughborough keeper.It was all Wood at this point. Wood sub Joey Butlin’s header from close range went agonisingly just over the bar. The last few minutes from a Loughborough attack, they won a freekick, which LLoyd Ransome in the Wood goal gathered. Then an effort from Loughborough went wide.On 86 minutes a Joey Butlin freekick saw the Loughborough keeper make a fine save for a corner, the resulting corner wasn’t cleared and Kyle Rowley’s header forced the keeper to make another good save. With time almost up, Wood had a freekick, the ball was met by Kyle Rowley who’s header found the back of the net. Within seconds the ref had blown for full time.Simon
Walsall Wood Football Club are a top local side and last season’s league champions with a big-hearted faithful who know how to have a great time supporting their lads, and welcome all comers to come enjoy great local soccer.
The boys from The Wood have been at the heart of the local community for a century or more, so please do go check out a match or two if you’re curious.