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Lichfield City 0-3 Walsall

11 July 2018

Dylan Parker scored a first-half hat-trick as a young Saddlers team beat Lichfield City 3-0 in a pre-season friendly last night.

Academy Manager Graham Biggs commented: “It was the first pre-season game for our Under-18s and it was a good work out for us.

“We played two teams and gave them each 45 minutes. The gaffer asked me to play Dylan Parker, Cameron Peters and Tobias Hayles-Docherty for match minutes and their attitude and application was excellent.

“It was a really hot, sticky night but we got a massive amount of positives out of the game, with Dylan Parker shining with his hat-trick.

“It’s always pleasing to win and keep a clean sheet, but the way the boys went about it, being their first game, was very pleasing.

“A lot of 16-year-old boys played against mature men who had been around the circuit a long time, so it was as much a mental test as a physical test.

“They came through it with flying colours.”

On 18-year-old Parker, who only signed his first professional contract with the club eight days ago, Biggs added: “The great thing about Dylan is that he just wants to play football.

“He applied himself excellently and scored a hat-trick in 45 minutes. He was excellent and there was some good build up play for the goals.”


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