RESERVES | Shrewsbury Town 3 Walsall 3 RESERVES | Shrewsbury Town 3 Walsall 3
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RESERVES | Shrewsbury Town 3 Walsall 3

Earlier today, Walsall Football Club's Reserves travelled to the Shrewsbury Sports Village to take on Shrewsbury Town Reserves in the latest Final Third Development League (West) fixture of the season.
Earlier today, Walsall Football Club's Reserves travelled to the Shrewsbury Sports Village to take on Shrewsbury Town Reserves in the latest Final Third Development League (West) fixture of the season.

The Saddlers got the game underway and had the opening sight on goal as striker Jordan Cook was found in space, he turned and sent a low shot wide of goal.

Midfielder Reece Flanagan forced a save from the opposition following a good spell of play in midfield, a Ford cut back allowing the flame-haired man in on goal.

Following a mis-placed defensive header, Shrewsbury's loaned-in Wolves striker Liam McAlinden found space and fed Scott Vernon, who sees a shot put behind by Craig MacGillivray.

The Shrews were soon awarded a free kick, which winger Shaun Whalley took, his effort fell to Callum Roberts who saw an effort blocked at the goal-line.

With around eighteen minutes of the game gone the Saddlers were awarded a penalty, midfielder James Baxendale beat his marker and was tripped inside the area by Roberts. Jordan Cook stepped up and slotted home, putting Richard O'Kelly's side into the lead.

The Shrews levelled the scores after twenty-five minutes of play, as Whalley struck a looping volley from distance, MacGillivray well beaten by that one.

As the half continued Walsall were again in on goal, James Baxendale, who is hoping to force his way into the starting XI, sent a shot over the bar following a good pull-back.

Shrewsbury responded immediately, and saw a Liam McAlinden header cleared off the line following MacGillivray's alert save from Whalley, end-to-end stuff with around ten minutes of the half remaining.

Just a few minutes later, Walsall's Reece Flanagan was once-again involved in the action, as he curled a free kick just over the Shrews' bar with the 'keeper scrambling.

With just over five minutes of the half remaining, Shrewsbury midfielder Ian Black, who had joined the club on a free transfer earlier in the week, sent in a dangerous free kick, which was headed just wide of goal by Vernon.

It was the Saddlers that bagged the next goal as Kory Roberts' low cross was pulled back for reece Flanagan, allowing the midfield man to send the ball into the top corner of the goal.

With time almost up, Saddlers striker Jordan Murphy forced a save out of the 'keeper, an alert stop from Halstead as the Saddlers sought another goal.


It was the home side, who bought on James Caton for Rhys McCabe at the break, that got the second half underway, but the Saddlers were the first to have a shot on goal as ex-Stourbridge striker Jordan Murphy saw a low effort saved by the 'keeper.

Shrewsbury's opening second half effort came after ten minutes of play as Whalley and Vernon combined to allow the latter an effort on goal, MacGillivray was alert to the danger and held the ball well.

The Saddlers almost extended their lead soon after as Matt Preston saw a header creep wide following Liam Kinsella's dangerous corner kick.

Shrewsbury levelled the scores just before the hour mark as a Vernon header crashed off the post and was bundled home by an unknown Walsall defender, unlucky for the Saddlers as the match was once again all-square.

The Salop were in on goal once again soon after, as McAlinden volleyed over the bar from a Whalley cross; The Saddlers broke at the other end and saw an Anthony Forde effort go wide of goal from distance.

Following the flurry of opportunities, Walsall made a change with young midfielder Jordon Sangha replacing Reece Flanagan in the centre of the park.

Substitute Sangha soon had an effort on goal as he saw his swerving strike grasped by the opposition 'keeper,great handling form Halstead.

Walsall soon made another change as Jordan Murphy was replaced by Maz Kouhyar, the midfield man looking to add to his trio of assists last time out.

Just before the seventy-minute mark the Shrews made a double change as Ian Black and Yann Sango'o were replaced by George Hughes and Callum Grogan, some fresh legs for the home side.

Walsall re-took the lead after seventy-five minutes as Jordan Cook tapped home following a well-saved Anthony Forde drive, the Salop 'keeper unlucky to conceded following a top save.

With under ten minutes of the half remaining, Walsall made another change, as Callum Cockerill-Mollet came on for Kory Roberts, good to see a smattering of youth prospects given their chance in the reserves side.

Shrewsbury levelled the scores late on as substitute Caton was fed in bu Whalley and saw his initial effort saved only to slot home at the second attempt.

The home side had another chance to score just before the end of the game, but McAlinden's effort was superbly saved by MacGillivray as the scores remained level.

GOALS Whalley (25') OG (59') Caton (90') - Cook (PEN - 18' & 75'), Flanagan (41')
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