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Match Report: Leamington 3-1 Walsall XI

13 July 2021

A young Saddlers side suffered defeat in their second game of preseason against a robust Leamington side.

Goals from Kaiman Anderson, Trialist B and Danny Waldron were enough to give the home side the victory in the evening sunshine despite Miguel Llera’s side pulling a goal back in the second half through Ronan Maher. 

The opening goal came after just seven minutes as Anderson worked himself some space just inside the box and his left footed effort cannoned in off the far post leaving Tommy Jackson stranded.

That was the first and last meaningful effort on goal in what was a closely fought first half. 

Into the second half and the game started to flow a little bit more freely as the hosts went in search of a second goal. 

Simeon Maye got himself a yard of space just inside the area, similarly to Anderson in the first half but this time round Jackson was down low to his left-hand side to parry the ball behind for a corner. 

Just before the hour mark and the Saddlers came agonisingly close to an equaliser as Josh Simcox produced a spectacular scissor-kick effort which crashed off the underside of the bar before being scrambled clear by the Leamington defence. 

And just three minutes after that chance the home side doubled their advantage. 

Dan Meredith advanced down the right beyond Brad Taylor before crossing into Trialist B who guided his header into the top right corner. 

But the Saddlers weren’t at a two goal disadvantage for long. Maher stood over a free-kick on the very edge of the 18-yard box and he placed the ball into the bottom corner of Jake Weaver’s net. 

Despite a valiant effort, the win for the home side was confirmed two minutes before the end of the game as substitute Waldron cut inside from the left and fired past Jackson. 


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