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Report: Saddlers suffer defeat at the hands of Accrington

12 October 2021

Walsall Reserves fell to a frustrating defeat at home to Accrington Stanley in the Central League.

The Saddlers team was mainly made up of youth team players with Tom Leak and Alfie Bates both starting to get valuable minutes under their belts.

Both sides tried to find their feet in the early stages of the game and there were few early opportunities.

The first meaningful chance brought the opening goal as Tommy Leigh gave Accrington the lead when his strike from the edge of area found the net.

The Saddlers responded as Ronan Maher and Trialist 1 had shots stopped by Liam Isherwood before Marvellous Onabirekhanlen headed wide.

Despite some late first half pressure, the Saddlers went into the break a goal behind.

Accrington started the second half well and forced Tommy Jackson into a save through Liam Coyle.

The Saddlers also had an early second half chance when Jack Lynch’s strike was saved by Liam Isherwood.

The task for the hosts was made more difficult when they were reduced to 10 men when Bates picked up a second yellow card.

Accrington doubled their lead on 64 minutes when Jack Nolan prodded home from close range.

Walsall pushed to try and get a goal back and Lynch came close again when his powerful shot was tipped over by Isherwood.

It was the visitors who had the final say as substitute Oliver Patrick added a third late on.

Team: Jackson; Sawyers, Angafor, Leak, Lynch; Waddison, Bates, Quincey, Trialist 1, Maher; Onabirekhanlen

Subs: Hedge, Christofaro, Worley, Shaw, Derry

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