UK time is: 15:41:30
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

All Smiles: Walsall 1-0 Leyton Orient

Is there any better feeling for a football fan, than celebrating three points on the opening day of the season? Well thats exactly how Walsall fans will be feeling this weekend after a hard fought win over Leyton Orient.

Five Saddlers were making their debuts with Chambers, Hurst, Sadler and Chambers all starting. Jarvis came on as a substitute. Question mark over Lee Beevers who didn't make the subs bench, which is now reduced to five. Adam Chambers was looking for revenge on Orient boss Russell Slade after freezing him out of Brisbane Road last season. It was a job well done as he lashed in amazing goal midway through the opening 45 minutes.

The sun shined over The Banks`s stadium at kick off time, and Walsall started brightly with the boys doing most of the early running. New signing Adam Chambers looked very motivated as he squared up to an Orient man within 40 seconds. The Saddlers created virtually all of the early opportunities. Jon Macken and Will Grigg linking up well in the early stages to create a few half chances in the first 15-20 minutes.

Then 21 minutes in the goal that Walsall so richly deserved arrived with Claude Gnakpa`s low shot was blocked and fell nicely to Adam Chambers who rifled the ball home from around 30 yards with an absolute screamer.

Orient started to string some passes together and get into their stride without really threatening the Walsall goal, but with the Saddlers holding their own we managed to create two more half chances from Macken and Gnakpa just before the break.

The second half saw Orient in charge of the ball for the most part, and on 55 minutes their persistence almost paid off, with Orient striker Jimmy smith heading the ball at goal only to see Jimmy Walker beat it away for a fantastic save. Shortly later 'Wacka` was called upon again tipping another Smith header over the bar showing yet again why he is number 1!

Orient kept a lot of the possession without scaring the Walsall defence too much again until the 80th minute when O`s veteran Jamie Cureton fired wide.

Definitely a hard fought victory and one that ever Saddlers fan will be grateful for and hoping that the lads can build on it, heading into the Middlesborough cup game on Tuesday.

Walsall: Walker, Westlake, Sadler, Butler, Lancashire, Gnapka, Chambers, Hurst (Nicholls 78) Taundry, Grigg (Jarvis 65) Macken (M Smith 89) SNU: Grof, Peterlin

Up The Saddlers!

Tweet Us! @Leehale88
@VitalWalsall




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Lee Hale Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 6 2011

Time: 11:25PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Walsall Articles

Walsall v Chesterfield - Preview (Friday October 24 2014)

Smith 'Im hurting as much as anyone' (Friday October 24 2014)

FA Cup Draw Monday (Thursday October 23 2014)

Bradshaw Fit For Saturday (Thursday October 23 2014)

Craig Fagan On Trial (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Fans Turn Up The Heat On Smith (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Crawley 1-0 Walsall - Report (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Crawley v Walsall - Preview (Tuesday October 21 2014)

Archived Walsall Articles

List All Vital Saddlers Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. john baker 7

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Walsall 0 - 0 Bradford
Walsall 3 - 1 Preston
Walsall 0 - 1 Crewe
Scunthorpe 2 - 1 Walsall
Port Vale 1 - 1 Walsall
Oldham 2 - 1 Walsall

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
18. Port Vale 14 3 4 7 -6 13
19. Gillingham 14 3 4 7 -7 13
20. Coventry 14 3 4 7 -8 13
21. Yeovil 14 3 4 7 -11 13
22. Crewe 14 4 1 9 -18 13
23. Walsall 14 2 6 6 -4 12
24. Scunthorpe 14 3 3 8 -11 12

Breaking League News

Cod Army Preview: Preston North End v Fleetwood
Fleetwood : 24/10/2014 15:07:00
Walsall v Chesterfield
Walsall : 24/10/2014 13:34:00
Smith 'Im hurting as much as anyone'
Walsall : 24/10/2014 13:16:00
Preview: Doncaster Rovers vs MK Dons
MK Dons : 24/10/2014 11:21:00
Royal British Legion Are At Saturday's Game
Walsall : 24/10/2014 10:30:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Who is the best keeper we have had since Jimmy Walker?
Suggested By:  
Clayton Ince 17%
Richard O'Donnell 83%
Other 0%