Writer: Robyn Richards
Date:Saturday March 27 2010
Walsall gave Exeter a league one lifeline after crashing to their second defeat in a week.
Matt Taylor scored Exeter's first goal in only the fourth minute, as they looked fired up and ready for the challenge ahead.
The Saddler defence struggled to keep in control after being hit by suspensions to McDonald and Hughes as well as injuries to Richards and Mattis. Weston stepped in at right back, and Sansara at left back, with Smith and Vincent paired up in the middle.
Walsall were not without their chances throughout the first half, but could not get themselves together to produce many threats.
Weston came close on 36 minutes, his shot saved by Paul Jones. Deeney also saw a shot smack the bar and into the stands.
Gilmartin was caught off guard just before the break as Harley played himself onside, but luckily for him Manny Smith was on hand to kick the ball away from danger.
Exeter went 2-0 ahead on 57 minutes as Vincent gave away a dubious penalty, bringing down Barry Corr. The challenge seemed to be outside the area, but the two fell just inside the box and ref Kettle pointed to the spot. Ryan Harley made no mistake of sending Gilmartin the wrong way.
Gray scored his first goal in 2 years and gave the Saddlers a lifeline just 4 minutes later. He positioned himself well as as he hooked onto a Taundry throw in.
However, Walsall simply could not capitalise on their goal and Exeter will no doubt take alot of heart from their performance as they seek safety in league one.
It was frustrating and disappointing day for the travelling fans. Walsall will be entertained by Stockport next weekend, and will be hoping for a brighter day.
Date:Saturday March 27 2010
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