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Match Report: Leamington 1-1 Walsall

12 July 2022

The spoils were shared at the Your Co-Op Community Stadium as Leamington and Walsall played out a 1-1 draw with the goals coming from Andy Williams for the Saddlers and from Dan Turner for the home side.

The Saddlers didn’t take long to break the deadlock when the ball was played out wide to Hayden White who went on a marauding run down the right before passing the ball inside to Williams who took a touch and on the turn, he stroked the ball into the far bottom corner. 

Despite taking an early lead, Leamington grew into the game and had two chances from the edge of the box through Kieran Cooke and Simeon Maye but both efforts were comfortably saved by Owen Evans.

At the half way stage of the first half, Flynn Clarke had an effort for the Saddlers well saved by Jake Weaver in the Brakes goal.

Shortly after the half hour mark, Williams went close to adding his second of the game as he controlled a lofted cross-field pass and fired towards goal but again Weaver was on hand to tip the ball over the bar. 

Into the second half and the Saddlers started brightly after making seven changes at the break. Ronan Maher delivered a free-kick to the back post where Taylor Allen was unmarked but his powerful downward header was excellently saved once more by Weaver. 

On the hour mark, F.Clarke went close again from the edge of the area but his bobbling effort was well held by Weaver. 

With just over 15 minutes left to play, the Saddlers went close to extending their lead through Maher who tried his luck from distance, only to see his effort cannon back off the post. 

Just five minutes after that chance for Maher, the home side scored their equaliser as a right wing corner was headed back across goal and Turner was on hand to turn home from close range. 

As the clock ticked down, Maher again went close as Allen chested the ball down to him on the edge of the box and his sweetly struck strike kissed the top of the crossbar.

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