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DEVELOPMENT SQUAD: WALSALL 1-0 MORECAMBE

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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