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Match Report: Grimsby Town 1-1 Walsall

27 March 2021

The Saddlers picked up their second draw in a week as Caolan Lavery’s equaliser right on the stroke of half-time cancelled out James Hanson’s early opener.

The home side opened the scoring after just nine minutes into the game as Stefan Payne saw his header clawed away by Liam Roberts but Hanson was there to poke the ball home from two yards out.

With 24 minutes on the clock, the Saddlers started to come back into the game after the early setback as Emmanuel Osadebe worked himself some space cleverly on the edge of the area but his dipping effort was well tipped over by James McKeown.

From the resulting corner, Osadebe delivered a curling out-swinging ball into the box and Tom Leak looked to have flicked in into the far corner by Jay Matete hooked it clear.

Moments after the fourth official had signalled that there would be five minutes of additional time, Josh Gordon did brilliantly work make a yard of space for himself and he delivered a superb cross into the box and Lavery was on hand to flicked the ball past McKeown into the far corner.

Into the second half and both sides continued to cancel themselves out as they both went in search of a winner.

Despite both sides going in search of a winner, neither side were able to do so with the Saddlers going the closest through Osadebe and Lavery but both efforts were well over McKeown’s bar in the end.

With the home side lumping the ball forward in the closing stages of the game, Brian Dutton’s side continued to stand tall and the game eventually finished all square.


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