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Development Squad


22 February 2017

13 consecutive wins in all competitions...

Lezion Cela scored the only goal as the Saddlers’ Development Squad made it 13 consecutive wins in all competitions with a deserved 1-0 victory over Morecambe. 

The decisive moment came on 37 minutes when Cela volleyed home Tobias Hayles-Docherty’s pinpoint cross from close range. 

Cameron Peters, Will Shorrock and Hayles-Docherty all went close for the Saddlers, who dominated throughout, but one goal proved enough. 

Cela twice went close for the hosts in a lively opening, first testing Morecambe keeper Niall Maher with a crisp right-foot volley before firing wide from a tight angle. 

Hayles-Docherty saw a low 20-yard drive kept out by Maher, who then held Will Shorrock’s tame sixth-minute effort after some good build-up play. 

The match settled down after a bright start, with not too much in the way of goalscoring opportunities in the remainder of the half. 

Hayles-Docherty cut inside from the left before firing off target, while on a rare Morecambe attack, Steve Yawson headed tamely wide from Joel Drewery’s deep right-wing cross. 

The Saddlers were doing most of the pressing and made the breakthrough seven minutes before half-time, Cela volleying home Hayles-Docherty’s fine far-post cross from close range. 

Walsall – 5-0 winners when the teams met a fortnight ago - had chances to double their lead at the start of the second half. 

Jordon Sangha steered a right-footed shot wide from the edge of the box, Kory Roberts headed a Will Shorrock corner over the bar and Hayles-Docherty swept an effort into the arms of Maher. 

It should have been 2-0 midway through the half when Hayles-Docherty’s pull-back found Peters, who got the ball under control before drilling wastefully wide from ten yards. 

The Saddlers continued to dominate, with Peters diverted Cockerill-Mollett’s driven cross-shot wide and Hayles-Docherty having a powerful drive cleared off the line by Tyler Brownsword. 

Hayles-Docherty went close again with five minutes remaining as his fierce near-post strike squirmed under Maher before Shorrock’s follow-up attempt was blocked by a defender. 

Sangha had a hooked volley claimed by a diving Maher in the closing stages but the Saddlers held on for all three points.

Team: Ganley, Tonks, Cockerill-Mollett, Shorrock, Roberts, Kendrick, Cela (Candlin 77’), Sangha, Peters (Maddocks 84’), Kinsella, Hayles-Docherty (Mason 90’). 

Subs not used: Caswell, Fisher.

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