Walsall Wood swept aside a desperately poor University outfit on this bitterly cold Saturday afternoon. Things looked bleak as a fair few games were called off due to the severe overnight frost. I was going to go to AFC Wulfrunians, but I was talked out of it by Eggyhopper who accompanied me to this game, so off we went to Oak Park. The blinding winter sun was out as we arrived.
Walsall in the red strip, were the better side from the off and attacked at will. They took the lead on 15 minutes, with a pass to a waiting player on the right who drilled the ball home. They could have been 2-0 up, when a player only had one player to beat, but took to long and ended up with a goalmouth scramble before the ball was eventually cleared. Just before the break, Wood failed to hit the target again , with a rasping drive that hit the bar. Walsall Wood were 12th in the table before kick off, where Loughborough were 18th, but the gulf in quality looked massive.
In the second half , things did not get any better for the students, who I can honestly say look the worst side I have seen this season. No attacking threat, a keeper who’s kicking ability is at best dire, as soon as University got the ball they would give it away. Walsall Wood wasted chance after chance, but were really potent when it came to attacking. Walsall made it 2-0, when a player ran at the keeper, before shooting beyond the keeper into the bottom corner. After more wasted chances , they finally sealed it with another one on one , the keeper came running out, both ended up on the floor, but the player got back up and finished from 18 yards. The dire University managed a low shot at the end but it was well saved.
Admission – £5