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Report: Walsall 1-1 Mansfield

15 October 2019

Walsall were held to a 1-1 draw in their first Central League fixture of the season at home to Mansfield.

James Hardy opened the scoring in the first half but substitute Jordan Graham levelled with three minutes to go as the honours were shared.

A number of first team players were involved.

Cameron Pring featured after over a month out with injury while Hardy, Alfie Bates, Callum Cockerill-Mollett, Cameron Norman and Kory Roberts, who got 90 minutes, all featured.

The first half an hour was quiet and neither side created any clear-cut chances.

Walsall took the lead after 31 minutes when Hardy’s shot found the top corner from the edge of the box and the Saddlers took their lead into the half time break.

The second half proved to be another tight affair.

Mansfield had a couple of chances. Willem Tomlinson fired a free-kick over the bar while Jimmy Knowles headed over from close range.

The Stags looked the more likely and they equalised in the 87th minute when CJ Hamilton burst down the right and cut it back to Graham who converted from the edge of the six-yard box and the Saddlers had to settle for a draw.

Line-up: Rose (GK), Norman (Little), Roberts, Cockerill-Mollett, Pring (Johnson); Bates, Willis (Moss), Campbell, Hardy (Foulkes), Mukadam; Allamby-John (Pearce).

Subs not used: Rogerson (GK)


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