Walsall Senior Cup: Boldmere St. Michaels 4 Walsall 1 Walsall Senior Cup: Boldmere St. Michaels 4 Walsall 1

Walsall Senior Cup: Boldmere St. Michaels 4 Walsall 1

Walsall's Development Squad was back in action on Tuesday evening as they travelled to Church Road to take on Boldmere St. Michaels in the Quarter Final of this season's Walsall Senior Cup.
The Saddlers booked their place in the Quarter Final with a victory over Brocton in the Second Round, with current Rushall Olympic loanee Dylan Parker bagging a hat-trick to see his side safely through. Boldmere, who have won the tournament four times, defeated Chasetown to secure their spot in the last eight.

Boldmere St. Michaels
Fenney; Williams, Brauns, Parry, Craven, Lyng, Usher-Shipway, Shaw, Reid, Skinner, Simpson

Substitutes: Buttery; Day, McGinnell, Milligan, Mitchell
Dawe; Little, Brown, Bates, Leak, Leivesley, Hayles-Docherty, Sangha, Candlin, Mussa, Kouhyar

Substitutes: Flanagan, Perry, Willis, Ruddock

Saddlers Development coach John Ward named a competitive line-up with the likes of Jordon Sangha, Maziar Kouhyar, Omar Mussa, and Mitchel Candlin joining prospects Tom Leak, Luke Little, Sam Leivesley, and Alfie Bates as they looked to book a spot in the Semi Final.

Sadly for the Saddlers John was unable to engineer a victory as the home side went on to secure a place in the last four. Rikardo Reid's first-half close range effort was followed up by a Ben Usher-Shipway second-half hat-trick, the midfielder rounding off his treble with a spot kick as the Saddlers slipped to defeat.

Walsall did manage to prevent Boldmere stopper Lewis Fenney from keeping his sheet clean as long-serving midfielder Jordon Sangha netted with a deft chip shortly after Usher-Shipway had opened his account for the evening, the momentum was short-lived however as the Mikes soon regained their two-goal advantage.

Obviously, the Walsall Senior Cup wasn't Dean Keates' top priority, however. the Saddlers are now out of all three Senior Cups and, given the decision not to enter the Central League, have significantly less development football to offer the up and coming prospects and could struggle to help the current crop advance towards first-team football.

Hopefully the manager and his team will re-enter the Central League next season, especially as the players produced by the academy are all too often the lifeblood of the club.

4 - 1
Reid (39')
Usher-Shipway (53')
Usher-Shipway (62')
Usher-Shipway [P] (73')
Sangha (54')

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