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EFL Youth Alliance: Walsall 3 Accrington Stanley 0
EFL Youth Alliance: Walsall 3 Accrington Stanley 0
EFL Youth Alliance: Walsall 3 Accrington Stanley 0
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EFL Youth Alliance: Walsall 3 Accrington Stanley 0

1:50 pm Friday, 16 November 2018
Walsall Under-18s were back in Youth Alliance action on Friday afternoon as they played host to Accrington Stanley at Ray Hall Lane.
Friday afternoon's match was Walsall's first competitive game since last month's narrow victory over Carlisle United, Alex McSkeane's goal proving enough to secure the young Saddlers' first Alliance victory of the season.

Walsall's campaign has not been the most successful as they have drawn three and lost three of their alliance games outside of the recent victory over the Cumbrians.

Stanley sat at the bottom of the Alliance heading into the match and had won two and lost seven of their nine outings, putting them alongside the Saddlers as both sides struggle for consistent form.

Today's match saw another side to the Saddlers, as they dominated much of the action, confidently controlling their opponents, returning to the side which manager Graham Biggs insisted they could be.

Walsall opened the scoring after fifteen minutes of the first-half as captain Tom Leak got on the end of an Owen Nolan corner to send the ball past Liam Isherwood in the Stanley net. A bit of shin involved following a scramble in the area.

The Saddlers continued to be the better side and went on to double their lead six minutes before the break as Joe Willis curled the ball home as the referee played advantage following a poor tackle on Jayden Campbell. Jay showing quick feet to get into the area before being fouled.

Walsall trebled their lead shortly before the hour mark as Alex McSkeane continued his fine spell of form. Jayden Campbell had once again worked his way into the box, before finding Kian Flanagan in space, the midfield man had an effort blocked with McSkeane on hand to slot home the rebound.

A superb overall display from the young Saddlers as they showed just what they are capable of, strong at the back and dangerous in attack, on to next weekend!

3 - 0
Leak (15')
Willis (39')
McSkeane (58')

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