Catching up after a busy week or two, I’ve a couple of match reports here for Walsall Wood FC – from their Easter Bank Holiday encounter with Sporting Khalsa and the previous Saturday’s stunning 4-0 trouncing of Ilkeston at their Derbyshire home.
Talk about singing the King of Derbyshire’s beard!
Wood also won 3-0 yesterday (Saturday 27th April 2019) against Wolverhampton Sporting, but it wasn’t enough to clinch the league, with Ilkeston apparently winning on goal difference alone:
Walsall Wood 3-0 Sporting— Wolves Sporting CFC (@WolvesSporting) April 27, 2019
Wood finally break the Sporting curse but fall just short of the league title on Goal Difference.
It was a great effort by The Wood to claw back Ilkeston Town and take it to the last day but Congratulations to @ilkestontown_fc on winning the League. pic.twitter.com/REZu6cokTl
David Evans supplied this report from the Khalsa match:
Walsall Wood 1 v 0 Sporting Khalsa
Monday 22nd April 2019
A beautiful sunny spring afternoon, a clear azure sky, birds singing sweetly in the trees so, a pre-match glass of local ale and a freshly-cooked beefburger to tide me over – just until teatime, mind.
The Wood ground has a bright, almost carnival atmosphere and home supporters are full of joy, ale and are still abuzz after the recent trouncing their team gave Ilkeston Town at Ilkeston’s fine home ground.
Sore throats from that match are patently in need of immediate liquid attention, which they receive. The beautiful freshly mown real grass football pitch looks magnificent and gleams with pride. The nets , goal posts, corner flags and lines show the precise attention worthy of any military parade.
However, perhaps a hint of premature elation and a hint of caution underlined most conversations. Still two matches to win, and win convincingly to ensure a final first place in the league. No matter. Today we were to enjoy the spectacle of the home team playing their magical game of soccer to thrill and captivate those regular and visiting spectators. Many eyes would be trained on every second of this match… To see and observe. Cheers and shouts of elation would ring out and be heard near and far.
The match got under way to a roar from the spectators standing as best they could, round the pitch and from those sat sitting in the stand.
Come on the Wood.
The Wood soon showed their composure and confidence in their early part of this game, scoring a well-worked and justifiable initial goal. But Khalsa were also masters of accurate play, passing, and challenged every lofty kick in equal measure to the Wood. This close play and rapid drive was evident throughout the entirety of the game.
Khalsa and the Wood played composed controlled soccer to captivate and enthral all of the many spectators.
Perhaps understandably, the second half brought instances of frustration among the visiting players, but not expressed in the unacceptable manner as that from the touchline. The referee and officials had a difficult task in calming down players’ petulance. Apart from these moments we saw several missed chances to score by the Wood – over enthusiasm or match weariness?
When the final score could so easily have been many more goals for the Wood.
So, credit to the visitors for bravely containing the Wood as best they could, and for the largely sporting manner in which both teams played this contest, and of course, to the Wood for the pure gold, flowing football they have played this season. But, how will the season end next Saturday here at Oak Park, Walsall Wood?
Russell Smith for TheWood.TV posted this interview with manager Darren, and said ‘We managed to catch a few minutes of Darren’s time during today’s (Easter Sunday) training session to get his thoughts on yesterdays win at Ilkeston, the Red Card and the last two games of the season.’ Check to Thewood.tv on Facebook here.
Simon Evans sent this report from the Ilkeston drubbing:
Ilkeston Town 0 v 4 Walsall Wood
Saturday 20th April 2019Saturday 20th April saw Walsall Wood travel to the league leaders Ilkeston Town in a top of the table clash.The match started in bright sunshine, Ilkeston having the first chance, a freekick went past the Wood post. On 12 minutes, Wood had a freekick, the ball was played to Paul Sullivan, his cross was met by Kyle Rowleys head, the ball flying into the Ilkeston net 0-1.Wood were now playing some nice football, and 10 minutes later Paul Sullivan shot just wide after good work by John Atherton. Instantly Wood scored again, another freekick and Jack Barnes header found the back of the net. 0-2.Before the half hour, John Atherton’s run and shot was parried into the path of Javia Roberts who scored from close range 0-3.From the restart Ilkeston had a chance but the shot was straight at LLoyd Ransome in the Wood goal. The last action of the first half saw a half chance for Javia Roberts, the Ilkeston defender clearing. Half time: 0-3.
The second half saw Ilkeston put pressure on the Wood goal, but the defence stood solid.On the hour mark, Ilkeston broke, a clumsy challenge in the box saw the ref point for a penalty and red card Kyle Rowley. Lloyd Ransome in the Wood goal pulling off a great save. Soon after Wood scored again, Kaylum Mitchell’s shot finding the back of the net. 0-4.Ilkeston were running out of ideas and Wood nearly capitalised, John Atherton’s effort was somehow scrambled away by 2 Ilkeston defenders.The ref then blew for full time, Wood winning 0-4Simon Evans
Thanks to the Evans boys for the reports, and for their hard work for Walsall Wood FC throughout this season. Their work is always appreciated – for the good of The Wood!