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Match Report: Walsall 1-0 Sutton United

12 March 2022

Walsall stretched their unbeaten run to four matches with victory over high-flying Sutton United at the Banks’s Stadium.

Conor Wilkinson scored the only goal of the game with a well-taken penalty in the first half which proved to be enough to secure a third home victory in a row. 

Michael Flynn made one change to the team that drew with Barrow last weekend. 

Hayden White returned to the team and came in for Lee Tomlin who was missing from the squad. 

The opening half an hour was very quiet and neither side were able to create a clear cut opportunity. 

Flynn’s men were presented with a glorious opportunity to open the scoring after 33 minutes when referee Scott Oldham pointed to the spot when Wilkinson was bundled over in the area. 

The number nine stepped up and fired his spot kick past Stuart Nelson to give Walsall the lead. 

Wilkinson was also effective in his own box moments later when he put his body on the line to block Harry Beautyman’s shot. 

There was little else to report in the first half and the Saddlers went into the break with the lead. 

The Saddlers started the second half well. Wilkinson was a real handful, particularly for Nelson as he charged down his clearance before he robbed the ball off him a couple of minutes later which led to a shot that was blocked. 

The striker was then denied his second of the game on 63 minutes when his low drive was pushed away by Nelson. 

Walsall looked comfortable throughout the second half but Sutton did have their moments. Their best chance came through Richie Bennett in the final 10 minutes when he got on the end of a cross but he could only divert his header wide. 

The Saddlers saw the game out well in the closing stages and earned all three points. 


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