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29 December 2015

Top six memorable matches from 2015...

It's been quite a year for the Saddlers.

From playing at Wembley for the very first time to now being top of League One, 2015 will certainly live long in the memory.

Here are six of the year's most memorable matches...

PRESTON 0-2 WALSALL – JPT Northern Area final first leg
Walsall moved a step closer to a first Wembley appearance after scoring two goals in the final six minutes to beat Preston in the JPT northern area final first leg. Both sides created first-half chances, with Jermaine Beckford twice testing visiting keeper Richard O’Donnell, while Walsall's Andy Taylor rattled a post. The Saddlers took an 84th-minute lead through Anthony Forde's curling free-kick and Tom Bradshaw then calmly slotted home to put Walsall in control heading into the second leg...

WALSALL 0-0 PRESTON - JPT Northern Area final second leg
The Saddlers booked their first-ever trip to Wembley Stadium after beating Preston 2-0 on aggregate to reach the JPT final. After a quiet first-half, Tom Bradshaw, Romaine Sawyers and Andy Taylor each went close to extending Walsall's aggregate lead. In a frantic finale, Preston's Sylvan Ebanks-Blake hit the bar, home keeper Richard O'Donnell made four fine saves and Paul Downing cleared off the line - but the Saddlers held on to create history.

WALSALL 5-0 CRAWLEY - League One
Jordy Hiwula bagged a brace as the Saddlers hit five past relegation-threatened Crawley. The Manchester City loanee fired Walsall ahead on 16 minutes and doubled the lead with a curling second-half strike. Kieron Morris hammered home a third before Andy Taylor's deflected effort made it 4-0. Substitute Jordan Cook slotted in to complete the rout in stoppage time.

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