Images and captions kindly supplied by the young David Evans
Walsall Wood FC continued their steady progress into the new season on Saturday 17th August 2019 with a hard fought win over Shrewsbury’s Haughmond FC at Oak Park – a good match and result welcomed by the faithful, disappointed by their away defeat to the same opponent the previous week.
David Evans was there, and sent the following match report.
Walsall Wood FC 3 v 2 Haughmond FC
Saturday 17th August 2019
Walsall Wood entertained and welcomed Haughmond on their first visit to Oak Park on a glorious sunlit summer’s afternoon. A bright sky, dappled white clouds, a gentle refreshing breeze and beautiful lush green grass pitch all combined to create a worthy stage for the players.
The mouth-watering aroma of burgers and sausages being cooked and the open door to tempting bar, all needs were being catered for as spectators threaded their way through the turnstile, bright-eyed and in varying degrees of discomfort, entrance tickets, matchday programmes and teeth firmly clenched.
On the lush, green grass pitch today’s visiting team, who had made their way from Shrewsbury, performed their balletic warm-up routine with military precision. As the home team performed theirs, the spectacle was strangely fascinating and spectators became increasingly caught up in the thrill of the game that would soon spring in to action on the shrill blow of a whistle.
The teams played bright, accurate and delightful soccer and it was self-evident that both sides wanted the win, and for different reasons. Would this detract from the quality and sporting nature of today’s match? Not a bit of it. For this, and everything else, the game was a credit to all the players.
The encounter was characterised by accurate passing, well-worked out moves and manoeuvres by both sides, changes of pace, tactics, and the refreshing variety of skills shown today. The minutes fled by for the spectators : always a clear indication that quality and positive soccer is taking place on the pitch.
It was Haughmond who scored the first goal, to the delight of their players and fans. This spurred to the Wood to ratchet up the game a notch or two. This brought both end to end soccer and careful, measured play in equal measure.
The match officials performed their roles in a calm and proficient manner and were allowed to be relatively unobtrusive by the sporting nature of play by both sides.
The half time break for the players, the cucumber sandwiches, cups of tea and pleasant conversation with their managers brought a different dimension to the second half of the game. A greater sense of urgency, fresh manoeuvres not employed in the first half, some substitutions at strategic moments, and this game sparkled and thrilled right to the moment when the Referee blew his whistle to signal the end of the match.
There was no petulance or dissent from any player, and this league match, which ended with a three goals to two win for the home side, was all the better for it.
Thanks to David there – For The Good Of The Wood!
Walsall Wood Football Club are a top local side 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.