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

Here is our Match Report from the Saddlers' Pre-Season meeting with Leamington.
The Saddlers arrived at the match on the back of a four-nil defeat to Aston Villa, in what was their first pre-season outing of the season, and in search of their first win ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

Walsall began the game brightly, opening the scoring just five minutes into the contest, as Hayden White played in Andy Williams, who curled the ball into the bottom corner to put the visiting side ahead.

The game settled a little after the early goal, with the two teams both enjoying spells on the ball without creating anything to really trouble their opposition defences.

With fourteen minutes on the clock, Leamington created their first real chance of the evening, as the ball fell to Kieran Cooke on the edge of the area, but Walsall shot-stopper, Owen Evans was able to make the save to deny him.

Three minutes later, Simeon Maye was presented with a chance to level the scores, with an effort from the edge of the box, but Evans remained alert and again made the save.

Walsall almost doubled their advantage in the twenty-second minute, but Flynn Clarke's effort was well saved by Leamington 'keeper, Jake Weaver.

The Saddlers went close again in the thirty-first minute, as Williams controlled a cross-field pass from trialist, Cameron Green, before shooting goal-wards, but Weaver remained alert to the danger and did well to tip the effort over the bar. The resulting corner coming to nothing.

Leamington almost levelled the scores two minutes later, as Dan Meredith crossed the ball towards the far post, where captain, Jack Edwards was on hand to head goal-wards, but a deflection ensured Walsall would remain ahead.

There was little further action of note before the break, and the sides headed off to enjoy their half-time refreshments with Walsall leading by one-goal-to-nil.


Walsall opted to make a raft of changes ahead of the second-half, with Peter Clarke, Owen Evans, Hayden White, Brandon Comley, Douglas James-Taylor and Andy Williams being replaced by Adam Pryzbek, Taylor Allen, Liam Bennett, Manny Monthe, Timmy Abraham, Liam Kinsella and Ronan Maher taking their places.

The Saddlers almost emulated the start of the first-half, with a cross to the back post picking out the head of Allen just six minutes in, but Weaver got down well and made the save to deny him.

With fifty-six minutes on the clock, Leamington made a change to their line-up, with Simeon Maye making way for Junior English.

Walsall continued to press, with Monthe heading narrowly wide in the fifty-ninth minute, moments before Flynn Clarke saw an effort from the edge of the area saved by Weaver.

In the sixty-fifth minute, Leamington opted to make another change to their team, with Kieran Cooke making way for Trialist B.

The game settled into something of a midfield battle as it continued, with neither side creating much to trouble their opposition defences.

With seventy-one minutes played, Walsall opted to make another change to their line-up, with Norwich City loanee, Flynn Clarke making way for, on trial, Jonas Mukuna.

The Saddlers went close to doubling their advantage two minutes later, as Maher looked to find the target from the edge of the area, but his effort struck the post.

Another Brakes change followed in the seventy-seventh minute, as Jack Edwards made way for Trialist C.

Leamington began to turn up the pressure on the Walsall goal as the game continued, and were rewarded in the seventy-eighth minute, as a header across goal was turned home by Dan Turner, moments after the side had struck the woodwork from a corner kick.

Walsall went close to restoring their lead in the eighty-fifth minute, as Allen chested the ball down for Maher, who was unlucky not to find the target with an effort which glanced the crossbar on it's way over.

There was little further action of note, and the game was eventually brought to it's conclusion with the scores level at one-goal-apiece.

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