Youth Alliance: Walsall 2 Preston North End 0 Youth Alliance: Walsall 2 Preston North End 0

Youth Alliance: Walsall 2 Preston North End 0

Walsall Under-18s were back in action on Saturday morning as they played host to Preston North End at Ray Hall Lane.
Graham Biggs' Saddlers have had a season to forget and arrived at this morning's match just one place above bottom-of-the-table Morecambe. Their most recent outing, a two-nil defeat to Rochdale, just one of many disappointing results as they struggle for form during a campaign which began with an extensive injury list.

Ganley; Mason, Fisher, Bates, Brown, Kendrick, O'Sullivan, Friel, Freemantle, Parker, Candlin

Substitutes: Rogerson, Cairns, Ruddock, Little, Nolan
Lenton; Ngongo, Day, Armer, Campbell; Pollard, Baxter; Simmons, Dolan, Walker; Mason

Substitutes: Earl, Cottam, Nolan, Jolly, Potts

Opponents Preston sat mid-table ahead of kick-off and had hopes of closing the gap to some of the sides above them as the 2017/18 campaign edes ever closer to its conclusion.

This morning's match was a tight affair with both sides showing attacking threat and defensive nous, but it was Walsall who would ultimately take the lead sixteen minutes into the first-half as Dylan Parker slotted the ball home following Dan O'Sullivan's neat left-wing pass.

Walsall pushed for more goals and would go on to double their lead midway through the second-half as Ethan Freemantle received the ball on the left-wing, cut inside his man and slotted the ball past Callum Lenton in the North End goal,a nice finish as the visitors'heads began to drop.

Both sides continued to create chances but there were no more goals however the match ended on a sour note for Preston as substitute Louis Potts was shown a straight red card with just a couple of minutes of the game remaining.

A superb result for Biggs' boys as they return to form with a comfortable victory over their mid-table opponents!

2 - 0
Parker (16')
Freemantle (67')

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