Toothless Walsall Wood found Stafford Rangers to hot to handle in this FA Cup fixture preliminary round fixture. There was a decent crowd in Oak Park today, I overheard someone say it was 277 but I do not know for sure. Stafford took the to the field in their black and white strip and took the lead on 11 minutes, the ball chipped up and Cope headed home. Walsall Wood struggled to get near goal , and as I have documented previously Walsall Wood have been having some problems with scoring lately.
I spoke again to Wood stalwart Bill Shaw who bemoaned further problems at the Wood , the escalated admission price, apparently set by Stafford Rangers, and the fact that two of the three officials coming from up North, Cheshire and Stockport. Stafford scored their second , and indeed Cope’s after a cross from the right, Cope rose highest to head home and effectively send Stafford to the next round. The phrase around this club is ‘For the good of the Wood’ , and what is plain to see would be good is for a decent striker to join them. Wood have taken Daniel Holgate, formerly of Continental Star, on loan from Tividale but in my experience he is a big guy but he will not score many and as someone said today , “He is a pussycat”.
After half time , Walsall had their first real threat, when they rapped the cross bar with a decent strike, but no pressure came to mop up the loose ball. Sadly they did not capitalize and sat back and let Stafford attack. Eventually Cope scored again for his hat trick , after running at goal he slipped the ball under the keeper to seal a comfortable days work. There was still time for a fourth, Walsall Woods number 2 was shown a red card for a challenge , but the resultant penalty was saved well by the frustrated keeper who gestured to the Stafford fans behind who had given him stick.
Admission – £7 Attendance – 277 (official)