Rocester got the game underway. Within the first few minutes, Rocester keeper Richard Froggatt made a wonderful save to deny Wood . A minute later a Lee Hildreth played a pass to Joey Butlin who’s lay off to Lewis Taylor Boyce saw his shot go just past the post. Then, a Joey Butlin free kick went straight into the keepers arms. Wood were now piling on the pressure, some nice play involving Ricardo Ricketts, his ball to Joey Butlin who saw his shot well blocked by the Rocester defenders for a corner. Lewis Taylor Boyce also saw his shot well saved by the Rocester keeper.
Corey Currithers then saw his shot well saved after a great run.
After 25 minutes the first goal arrived. A Wood free kick was cleared out the box the ball found Rocester’s Callum Riddell whos great defence splitting pass was finished off by Troy Carty. 0 – 1
Wood immediately went searching for the equaliser, some nice play between Harry Harris & Louis Harris the final ball was well defended, Rocester then went on a counter attack which the Wood defenders cleared. A Lewis Taylor Boyce run and pass back to Corey Currithers who’s first time shot was just over the bar. A Rocester free kick saw Liam Sowter’s effort go over the bar.
Just before half time Rocester’s Liam Shaw ran through the Wood defence but saw his shot go past the far post.
Wood started the second half and straight from the kick off a great run by Louis Harris was well defended, straight after another great run by Ricardo Ricketts, his pass was picked up by Louis Harris, who was upended by a combination of two Rocester players. From the resulting free kick, Joey Butlin curled a brilliant equaliser. In via the far post. 1-1
Straight after a surging run saw Harry Harris’s shot go just over the bar.
Rocester then made a sub, Danny Martin replaced by Aaron Kendrick. Soon after from a Rocester corner, a free header was well saved by by Adam Jenkins in the Wood goal, he then got up and saved the rebound.
A Wood corner was cleared as far as Louis Harris, his curling shot was well saved by the Rocester keeper. Louis Harris then had a shot just over the bar.
Wood then made two substitutions , Lewis Taylor Boyce and Harry Harris being replaced by Dan Griffiths and Max Black. Both teams then went in search of an equaliser but some good defending from both teams stopped that. Dan Griffiths had a shot well held by the Rocester keeper in the final few seconds. The last action saw the Wood keeper Adam Jenkins claim a Rocester free kick.
Walsall Wood: Jenkins, Ricketts, Deakin, Birch, Beckett, Hildreth, Taylor-Boyce (Griffiths), H. Harris (Black), Butlin, L. Harris, Currithers
Rocester: Froggatt, Frost, Allen, Land, Yeomans, Martin (Kendrick), Brockley, Sowter, Shaw, Riddell, Carty
Report by Simon Evans. He compiles match reports for the Walsall Wood programme and can be found on Twitter @sy968