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Match Report: Walsall 3-1 Harrogate Town

25 October 2022

Match Reports

Match Report: Walsall 3-1 Harrogate Town

25 October 2022

Walsall got back to winning ways with a comfortable victory over Harrogate Town.

Danny Johnson, Liam Gordon and Isaac Hutchinson all got on the scoresheet as the Saddlers ran riot in an emphatic first 45 minutes.

Matty Daly scored late on for the Sulphurites but it was nothing more than a consolation as Walsall made it three consecutive home league wins.

Michael Flynn made three changes to the team that started at Sutton United on Saturday.

Jacob Maddox, fresh from scoring his first Saddlers goal at the weekend, came in from the start in place of the suspended Brandon Comley.

Elsewhere, Tom Knowles and Liam Gordon came in for Douglas James-Taylor and Peter Clarke.

Walsall made a bright start and had a couple of early opportunities through Liam Gordon and Liam Bennett, with the latter testing Pete Jameson with an arrowed low drive.

The Saddlers were presented with a great opportunity to take the lead when they were awarded a penalty after Liam Kinsella was fouled in the box.

Johnson stepped up and found the top corner from the spot on 14 minutes.

Walsall doubled their advantage just four minutes later when a good move culminated in Hutchinson spreading the ball out to Gordon who had space on the left and he thumped the ball into the back of the net.

Johnson thought he had his second and Walsall’s third on 25 minutes when Tom Knowles found him with a low cross but he was denied by a fantastic save by Jameson from close range.

The third goal came on 34 minutes when Maddox glided past Miles Welch-Hayes and his low cross, via a deflection, found Hutchinson who steered the ball home.

It was one way traffic for the entire first half and the Saddlers headed into the break in a commanding position.

Harrogate's first meaningful effort on goal came two minutes into the second half when substitute Josh Coley rifled in a shot but it did little to trouble Owen Evans.

The Saddlers were not keen to rest on their three goal lead and went in search of a fourth.

Hayden White came agonisingly close when he turned Knowles’ cut back goalwards but his shot was cleared off the line.

Harrogate enjoyed more possession in the second half but rarely threatened Evans’ goal.

Flynn made two substitutions as he introduced Taylor Allen and Andy Williams in place of Gordon and Johnson.

Allen came close to scoring moments later when his powerful strike just whistled past the post.

The visitors pulled a goal back late on through Daly but the Saddlers regrouped and saw out the remainder of the match comfortably. 


Evans; Bennett, White, Daniels (P. Clarke 90+’), Monthé, Gordon (Allen 71’); Maddox (Cashman 77’), Kinsella, Hutchinson, Knowles (James-Taylor 77’), Johnson (Williams 71’)
Subs:  Maher, Abraham

Attendance: 4347 (62 away)

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