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Report: Wrexham U18s 3-1 Walsall U18s

2 October 2017

The Saddlers' U18s returned to action after a two-week break following their 7-0 victory over Carlisle United but fell to a 3-1 defeat at Wrexham on Saturday.

The game started at a high tempo by both sides when The Saddlers took the lead with some neat passing football leading to a chance that was eventually finished well by Ben Kendrick.

The Saddlers pushed on to extend the lead but as Wrexham broke down the right-hand side, Joe Brown gave away a free-kick on the edge of the 18-yard box, from which Wrexham equalised.

Before the Saddlers had chance to settle, a long ball out of the Wrexham penalty area wasn’t dealt with and Wrexham made it 2-1 although Tom Leak tried to prevent the goal to no avail.

Walsall made a couple of changes at half-time - bringing off Ethan Freemantle for Kian Flanagan and Joe Brown for Owen Nolan, before starting the second half very brightly, having a couple of chances going just wide and a goal-line clearance along with some good saves from their goalkeeper.

The Saddlers pushed on for the equaliser but a sloppy pass from Ben Friel was picked up by a Wrexham player who made no mistake and punished us with his chance.

Academy Manager Graham Biggs made a couple more substitutions bringing Alfie Bates and Debert Massamba as they pushed to get something out the game, but it wasn’t to be and Wrexham took all the points,

"Our run of results will not distract the players and staff from what we are trying to achieve," said Biggs.

"We are honest people who do their best and work hard to become better every day in training and in games. We will start our preparation for our next game with a positive attitude.

"It is becoming a common occurrence that if an opponent scores against us, we, so far this season, have conceded again within a couple of minutes.

"Moving forward the young Saddlers must learn to manage games more effectively."


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