Match Report: Leamington 1 Walsall 1 Match Report: Leamington 1 Walsall 1
Match Report: Leamington 1 Walsall 1

Match Report: Leamington 1 Walsall 1

Here is our Match Report from Tuesday evening's pre-season clash between Leamington and Walsall.
Darrell Clarke's Saddlers opened their pre-season spell with a defeat to Alfreton Town as summer signing Elijah Adebayo netted his first goal in a Walsall shirt.

This evening's game saw Clarke offer more match minutes to some of the club's younger players as he considers his options ahead of August's opening League Two clash with Northampton Town.

Leamington got the game underway and almost opened the scoring within the first few moments of play as Reece King drilled an effort just past Liam Roberts' post.

The Saddlers' first opening came after around four minutes of play as Liam Kinsella forced a corner, sadly the flag-kick came to nothing as King did well to head the ball away.

The Saddlers were awarded a free kick a couple of minutes later - Elijah Adebayo causing Joe Clarke plenty of concern - Elijah took the set-piece himself but couldn't open the scoring as his deflected effort was gathered.

Walsall continued to push for an opener and soon forced another corner. Liam Kinsella swung the ball into the box and found the head of Callum Cockerill-Mollett, sadly his header was easily claimed by the 'keeper.

Josh Gordon was the next Saddlers to have an effort as he was found in space by Adebayo, the summer signing combining with fellow new arrival James Clarke to create the opening.

Leamington were soon able to break out of their own half as Jack Edwards saw a free-kick blocked, Josh Marsh was able to force a corner from the follow up but the flag-kick ultimately came to nothing.

Shortly after Josh Gordon got his feet mixed up whilst trying to turn his man, the lively Adebayo was soon back in the attacking mood as he saw another effort go just wide of goal, the big forward finding room to manoeuvre in the early stages.

Following something of a quiet spell, Adebayo was back among the chances as he glanced the ball wide following a nicely choreographed free-kick, which was awarded after Edwards resorted to industrial tackling to stop his man.

Elijah continued to pose a threat and was soon causing havoc once again before the break as he found space to chest the ball down and sent a curling effort towards goal. Brakes stopper Breeden was equal to the effort at grasped the ball at the second attempt.

0 - 0

The gaffer made ten changes at half-time with only Cockerill-Mollett making the cut. Three trialists also took to the field with the manager taking a look at more potential new recruits.

The much-changed Saddlers got the second forty-five underway and looked to create an opening via two of the three trialists as the ball was sent in from the left before the ball crashed wide of goal.

James Hardy was the next Saddler to combine with a trialist as he played B.Trialist into space, sadly the prospective new signing couldn't open the scoring as his low shot was straight at the 'keeper.

Leamington's first chance of the half arrived a few minutes before we reached the hour mark as Josh March broke through two challenges before getting into the area and smashing the ball over the bar, a disappointing effort given the build up.

The home side were soon back on the attack and managed to open the scoring as the highly-rated Colby Bishop swept the ball into the back of the net following March's neat pass. A disappointing goal for the Saddlers as their second-half woes continued.

The Saddlers were forced into a change shortly after the opening goal as B.Trialist - believed to be former Birmingham City prospect Koby Arthur - suffered an injury and had to be replaced by youngster Joe Foulkes, the 16-year-old getting another chance to impress.

Walsall's search for a leveller was soon back on tract as Cockerill-Mollett kept Breeden honest with a low effort from the left. The keeper parrying before gathering the ball.

The Saddlers' wait for a goal of their own was soon over as they got themselves back on level terms via D.Trialist - believed to be former Leicester City prospect Kairo Edwards-John. The potential signing taking part in a neat passage of play before crashing the ball home. A welcome goal for Clarke's men.

The match soon began to fizzle out as both sides tired. The Saddlers went close to grabbing a winner but couldn't force the ball past the post as the Saddlers and Brakes took a share of the spoils.

1 - 1
Bishop (65')
D.Trialist (76')
Attendance: 411
Referee: Tom Reeves
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