Friendly: Walsall Wood 1 Stourbridge 2

Friendly: Walsall Wood 1 Stourbridge 2

By Nigel Gregg
11th July
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The new-look Glassboys side opened their pre-season programme with a 2 - 1 victory away at Walsall Wood on Thursday night.


Ian Long's starting eleven at Oak Park included eight summer signings, along with central defender Hayden Reeves - a member of last season's youth team, Jake Evans and Greg Mills (pictured).

A handful of players were missing due to holidays or minor injuries.

Stourbridge broke the deadlock after 19 minutes with a fine strike from Greg Mills. He received a pass inside from Zac Foster and advanced before sending a rasping 20-yard strike beyond the Wood keeper.

The MFL Premier Division hosts got back on level terms two minutes before the interval when Reeves brought down a player to concede a penalty and Mitch Tolley buried the resulting spot-kick.

A raft of changes followed at half-time with opportunities given to a handful of trialists along with more of our summer recruits. Only Jordan Williams, Mike McGrath (moved into the back four) and Charlie Price stayed on.

The winning goal of the contest came on 57 minutes with a 20-yard shot from trialist Kyle Copp took a hefty deflection to leave the Wood keeper wrong-footed.

The tempo of the Glassboys play after the break didn't match the energy levels of the first period and the game became more broken up as Wood also made changes during the second period.

Tom Kirkpatrick from the academy side came on for Charlie Price with eighteen minutes left and was called upon to make one fine save to help the Glassboys preserve their slender lead to the final whistle.

Stourbridge

Charlie Price
Kristian Green
Zac Foster
Tom Turton
Jordan Williams
Hayden Reeves
Jake Evans
Mike McGrath
Aaron Lloyd
Greg Mills
Kieran Cook

Subs
Mike Taylor
Tom Kirkpatrick
Tom Tonks
Will Grocott
Andre Landell
Kyle Copp
Charlie Anagho-Ntamark
James Hill
David Bellis

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