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LATE HEARTBREAK FOR YOUNGSTERS

26 February 2013

Last-gasp goal denies Saddlers' progress...

A YOUTHFUL Saddlers' outfit went out of the Birmingham Senior Cup with a last-gasp defeat at the hands of Sutton Coldfield Town in the quarter-final.

"We went there with a very young team and took control early on with some outstanding football," said Academy Manager, Neil Woods. "Reece Flanagan and Jake Heath pulled the strings in the middle of the park and we looked good in the opening exchanges.

"Our hosts broke away and took the lead around the half-hour mark, but our reaction was to get back into the type of football that we were playing at the start of the game.

"We went in at the break having played some bright football, but unfortunately we couldn't turn the quality of possession into chances.

"Sutton Coldfield managed to double their advantage early in the second period and suddenly it became a big test for us, but our young lads rose to it and Wes Rush reduced the arrears with ten minutes to go.

"The scores were levelled shortly afterwards when Aaron Williams found the net, but in added time right at the end, the home side snatched a winner from a corner, which was bitterly disappointing.

"The reason that we enter these competitions is for our young lads to come up against men in competitive action and, other than the result, there were many positives to come from the game."

WALSALL: Roberts, Sinton, C. Williams, Flanagan, Christopherou, Preston, Hobbis (Kinsella), Heath, Griffiths (Rush), A. Williams, Morris (Reid). Subs not used: Dallison, R. Jones.

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