Youth Alliance: Walsall 5 Shrewsbury Town 0

Here is our Match Update from Saturday morning's EFL Youth Alliance (North West) clash between Walsall and near-rivals Shrewsbury Town.
Graham Biggs' Saddlers arrived at this morning's match on the back of an encouraging victory over  mid-table Preston North End, as goals from Dylan Parker and Ethan Freemantle saw the youngsters secure three much-needed points after a spell of indifferent form.

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

Substitutes: Dawe; Cairns, Ruddock, Little, Nolan
Shrewsbury Town XI: Gregory; Corfield, Davies, Rowland, Ward, Shelis, Gilain, Agbozo, Mwandwe, Barnett, Hartley

Substitutes: Bevan, Walker, O'Toole, Turner

Third-placed Shrewsbury arrived at this weekend's clash on the back of a narrow victory over bottom-of-the-table Morecambe, and were looking to continue their winning ways as they made the trip down the M54 earlier this morning.

Despite their respective league positions, and recent levels of form it was the Saddlers who grabbed the first goal of the game as Dylan Parker was on hand to tap the ball into an empty net following nice play between Mitchel Candlin and Ben Friel, with the latter squaring the ball to Parker after breaking down the right.

Walsall doubled their lead thirty-minutes onto the game as hot-prospect Mitchel Candlin volleyed the ball home following Ben Kendrick's across-goal header which fell perfectly for Mitch following a left-wing corner.

The Saddlers went close to further extending their lead during the second-half as Shrewsbury stopper Cameron Gregory produced a superb save to deny Cody Fisher, who had worked the onto his left foot and looked to send the ball into the top corner of goal.

Walsall's third goal arrived late in the second-half as Cody Fisher's cross deflected into the path of an alert Mitchel Candlin, the highly-rated striker remained calm and smashed the ball into the top corner of Gregory's goal.

The Saddlers kept up the pressure and were rewarded swifthly after they had secured the third goal as a fourth arrived shortly after. This time second-half substitute Joe Cairns slipped the ball home following Dylan Parker's right-wing pass, unlucky for the 'keeper as his defence looked incapable of swimming against the Walsall tide.

Walsall added a fifth goal just before the full-time whistle as Candlin completed a well-deserved halt-trick, the forward slotted the ball home from inside the area following fine wing-work by Cairns. Far too much room afforded to Mitch as he made the defence pay.

5 - 0

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