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News In Brief: Wednesday, 17th October

4:00 pm Wednesday, 17 October 2018
Here are some of the brief Saddlers stories you may have missed today, including an update from Graham Biggs' Under-18s, Checkatrade Trophy progression, and a news of a birthday boy!
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Under-18s Clash Rearranged
Walsall's Under-18s have been struggling to find form in the league so far this season, and were afforded a little extra time to get things together last weekend as their EFL Youth Alliance - North West clash with Carlisle United was postponed.

However, Graham Biggs side, who are not in action this weekend, will soon get their campaign back underway as the clash with the Cumbrians has been rearranged for Saturday 27th October, with kick-off scheduled for midday.

Checkatrade Trophy Progression
The much-maligned Checkatrade Trophy continued it's slope towards next year's Final on Tuesday evening as our fellow Northern Group E occupants Port Vale and Middlesbrough's Under-21s faced-off in front of around 500 people at Vale Park.

Vale overcame their North East opponents by two-goals-to-nil meaning that the Saddlers and Valiants have now qualified for the Second Round stage with a game to spare, also making Walsall's upcoming clash with Port Vale even more meaningless.

Birthday Bumps
And finally, Walsall defender Nicky Devlin is celebrating his 25th birthday today. The Bishopbriggs-born right-back, who must've had one heck of a paper round, has made forty-nine first-team appearances since joining the club from Scottish-outfit Ayr United in the summer of 2017, forming a crucial part of the backline.


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