WALSALL SENIOR CUP: Walsall 4 Chasetown 3
On Monday evening Walsall Football Club took on Chasetown in the Final of this season's Walsall Senior Cup, with the Saddlers looking to lift the trophy for the first time in their history.
On Monday evening Walsall Football Club took on Chasetown in the Final of this season's Walsall Senior Cup, with the Saddlers looking to lift the trophy for the first time in their history.

As referee Chris Sarginson blew his whistle the game got underway with Chasetown winning the toss and choosing to start proceedings.

Both sides looked to attack but could only give away goal kicks as the defenders remained solid in the early goings.

Walsall won a free kick out wide following a poor tackle on Jake Heath. Reece Flanagan took the kick and played in a dangerous ball but it was headed wide of goal by Matt Preston.

Chasetown soon won a free kick of their own but were unable to make much of it as Walsall survived to regain the ball following Brown's ball in.

Reece Flanagan sent a shot over the bar as he broke into free space just outside the opposition area.

Chasetown 'keeper Bateman was alert to gather as Murphy and Bakayoko looked to create an opening.

Dan Jezeph was also alert at the other end as the more experienced Scholars sought to open the scoring, Edwards unlucky to be beaten to the ball.

Rico Henry broke down the wing and beat two men but was stopped by the much larger Francis as the ball went out for a goal kick.

Another promising Walsall attack broke down as Liam Kinsella attempted a one-touch pass, the Scholars broke down the other end and had a claim for a penalty as former Saddler Richard Davies was felled in the box, but referee Sarginson, having played advantage, pulled play back for an earlier free kick on the edge of the area.

Edwards' free-kick hit the wall and was played back in by Davies, but his cross was too deep and allowed Walsall to clear via a throw-in.

Walsall won a free kick following a poor tackle from Waite, however the ball in was poor and cleared, the Saddlers looked to build from the back as Chasetown pushed high up the field.

Chasetown won another free kick soon after and were unlucky not to make more of it as Walsall scrambled Brown's ball-in clear of goal, the visitors continued to push up the field.

Young 'keeper Dan Jezeph was almost called into action as Richard Davies sent a shot wide of goal, good use of space from the midfield-man.

Walsall had a good spell in attack which was finished by a Liam Kinsella shot that went over Bateman's bar. Bakayoko proving a handfull for his marker during the build up.

Soon after, central defender Kyle Rowley did well to block a goal-bound shot as Chasetown top-scorer Nathan Waite had broken in on goal and beat 'keeper Dan Jezeph, alert defending from the soon-to-be first-year pro.

For the next few minutes both sides continued to enjoy spells on the ball but failed to test the 'keepers, Dan Jezeph easily gathering a wayward cross.

Chasetown won a corner following a slip from Kyle Rowley, the ball-in by Brown was headed away with Francino Francis lurking.

The ball was eventually played back in by Beckett and was met by Francis who could only head over the bar as Dan Jezeph came out to shorten the angle.

Chasetown won a free kick following a Flanagan foul, they immediately wasted the ball and gifted possession to their opponents, however Walsall also failed to make much use of it as the Scholars also cleared.

Brown and Bakayoko also engaged in a little bit of handbags but were separated and the game continued.

Grayson had a shot headed away for the visitors as Flanagan, who was played in by Bakayoko, sent a shot over the bar at the other end.

As the break edged near Chasetown's Davies and Edwards, who were looking to clear an attack,clashed heads and received treatment from both physios, they were OK and the game continued for the remaining few moments.


Both sides were unchanged as Walsall got the second half underway, and looked to engineer an attack through Rico Henry and later, Amadou Bakayoko, this was quelled by some alert defending that pushed the Saddlers back.

The Saddlers continued to enjoy much of the ball as they again sought an opening goal, Rico Henry looking very lively in attack.

At the other end Dan Jezeph was again alert to a deep Chasetown cross as he got his first-touch of the second half.

After just over fifty minutes, Walsall's Liam Kinsella was bundled to the ground as he proved to be an issue for two Chasetown midfielders, the free kick was taken short by Flanagan and eventually worked into the box by Rico Henry, his cross was met by Jordan Murphy who headed home past the 'keeper.

Walsall won another free kick as Baxendale was taken out by Brown, the scholar lucky to avoid a caution as the referee had a brief chat.

The Saddlers again took a quick free kick, but Rico Henry was forced into giving away a goal kick as Chasetown's Smith stayed strong.

Chasetown got themselves back into the game following a poor tackle on Brown by Matt Preston, the defender bringing the pacy attacker down in the area. Brown got up and took the spot kick, beating Jezeph with a powerful effort down the middle of the goal.

From the kick off, Walsall went down the other end and won a corner, this was worked into the box and cleared.

Both Bakayoko and Baxendale saw efforts go wide, and in Baxendale's case, over, of goal as the Saddlers looked to get back into the lead, Chasetown guilty of giving the ball away a little too easily.

Not long after Baxendale's effort Walsall were awarded a goal kick as a dangerous Scholars cross went wide of goal, a good counter from the visitors.

Chasetown's Francis did well to stop a Baxendale attack as he looked to test the away defence.

Soon after, the away defence combined to prevent a Saddlers shot from going towards goal, the resulting corner was cleared as Waite found an advanced Danny Edwards who beat Walsall's Dan Jezeph one-on-one to send his side into the lead.

Later, Walsall gave away a free kick as Kyle Rowley was spoken to by the referee.

Former Saddler Richard Davies, who was the target of an Edwards free kick, sent a volley towards goal which hit fellow Saddlers alumni Dan Griffiths, who claimed full responsibility, and slipped past a stranded Dan Jezeph, a commanding lead for the defending champions.

Following their third Chasetown looked to slow the game down, and waste a little time in the process.

Reece Flanagan saw another long-distance effort go over goal with plenty of options in-front of him.

Walsall grabbed a goal back through a Jordan Murphy header, a sublime Rico Henry free-kick giving him a great opening, which he didn't waste.

Walsall made their first change of the game soon after as Jake Heath was replaced by Kouhyar, some fresh legs for the reds.

Chasetown then made their first change of the game as Gould replaced Griffiths, a defensive change for the visitors.

The Saddlers equalised very soon after, Jordan Murphy and Rico Henry combining on the edge of the area to allow the latter to send a strong effort low past the 'keeper.

A few minutes later Chasetown almost went back into the lead as a Davies cross fell to Waite, but he could only sent in a soft header which was cleared, a big chance for the visitors.

Walsall looked for another goal as Amadou Bakayoko was twice denied by strong defending, the forward guilty of taking too much time on the ball.

As we reached the last few minutes, Chasetown made another change, Haynes replaced Edwards with the gaffer seeking more attacking impetus.

With four-minutes of injury time announced, Walsall won a corner. This was taken short and swiftly cleared following a poor ball from Baxendale.

The Saddlers briefly regained the ball but saw their cross cleared as Chasetown countered. Their break also came to nothing with Walsall having enough men back in their own half.

After an uneventful spell of injury time the referee blew for full time. We would now enter thirty-minutes of extra time.


Following a coin toss it was Chasetown that got the game back underway, but Walsall were quickly back on the ball.

Following a good spell of play Amadou Bakayoko was dispossessed on the edge of the area by some good defending, during the break goalkeeper Bateman did well to gather the loose ball at the feet of Reece Flanagan as he looked to get a shot in.

Walsall's Bakayoko was involved again soon after, his shot from three yards out was sent over the bar by Bateman. The resulting corner was cleared by the Scholars.

As the rain began to beat down Walsall gave away a free kick as Flanagan came in a little late on Brown.

Walsall won a goal kick from the free kick as Francis could not guide his header on target.

Not long after Reece Flanagan was late on Gould, this time the referee decided to caution the midfielder as the away side complained about the challenge. The resulting free kick was headed back towards goal by Preston and saved by Jezeph.

Chasetown won a corner following a great shot from Brown, his corner was cleared by Matt Preston as Walsall looked to break.

The Saddlers won a corner following a Francis clearance, but before it could be taken Walsall made another change with Flanagan being replaced by Jordon Sangha.  Waite was replaced by Teesdale for the visitors as he looked fatigued.

Jordan Murphy has a chance to grab his hat-trick as a Bakayoko header fell to him, sadly he failed to get much of a connection as the scores remained level.

A right-footed Rico Henry effort was saved as 'keeper Bateman was alert to the danger.

As we went into injury-time Walsall went into the lead, Amadou Bakayoko slamming an effort into the back of the net from six yards out, a good ball from Baxendale to create the opening. Amadou was booked for over celebrating soon after.


Walsall got the game back underway, and were awarded a free kick a few minutes later, former Saddler Richard Davies was shown a yellow card for a poorly-timed challenge on Kinsella. The free kick came to nothing as Chasetown cleared the danger.

With both side's tiring Matt Preston gave away a free kick near the centre circle, the ball was played in by Brown, flicked on by Grayson and met by Francis, but Jezeph was alert to gather as the header wasn't directed well.

Defender Francis, who had begun to play up-front, was unlucky not to get to a dangerous Grayson cross, his size was proving difficult for the Saddlers to counter.

Walsall were awarded a goal kick as a Brown volley went wide of goal, too much space in-front of goal for the Scholar.

The game became increasingly frantic as Walsall sought to defend and Chasetown looked to attack, but both sides continued to gift the ball to the opposition.

Jordan Murphy had another chance to grab his third, a poor touch from Brown allowed Bakayoko in, he found Murphy who could only fire over the bar when it looked easier to score.

The Saddlers then looked to keep the ball away from the opposition as Sangha and Kinsella combined down the wing.

Walsall were again in on goal as Jordan Murphy sent in a great ball to Bakayoko, but the opposition 'keeper was alert and did well to gather ahead of the big striker.

This was the final meaningful chance of the game as the referee blew his whistle for full time, the Saddlers winning the Cup for the very first time.

GOALS: Murphy 51' & 80'. Henry 83', Bakayoko 105 -- Brown PEN 58', Edwards 67', Griffiths 70'
ATT: 482
REF: Chris Sarginson
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