Writer: Jorge's Jottings
Date:Sunday July 16 2006
July 15th 2006 3pm
Well no one really expected a repeat of that distant August day when a Merson inspired team ran out 4-1 winners. However on the relative performances of the two teams on show, Walsall can be more confident than the Albion of a good start to the next campaign.
Albion came with a team full of top flight experience although there were some noticable absences. In an even first half Saddlers fans were wondering if last season had actually finished when four good chances went begging only for Albion to go into the lead four minutes before the break, after a clever over lap by the impressive Jono Greening was clinically finished by himself with a hard shot into the far post, past a startled Clayton Ince.
Half time brought one change with Kris Taylor coming on for Tony Bedeau who strugled after a strong tackle by Greening. Taylor sloted into the left back role which he refused to play under Merson allowing Daniel Fox to push up into a wide midfield role. Fox immediately linked up with Butler resulting in fox breaking into the box but failing to finish with only Hoult to beat.
The equaliser however came on the 50 minute, good work and a clever through ball from Hector Sam allowed Martin Butler to wrong foot Russell Hoult with smart finish low into the corner.
James Constable came on for Hector Sam (59 mins) and Craig Pead came on for Mark Kinsella in 65 minute and shortly afterwards a long aimless ball out of defence was knocked into his own net by Anthony Gerrard as Clayton Ince came fall the ball but called loud and clear but too late.
Richard Money then gave run outs to Ishmel Demontagnac for Butler (73 mins) and trialist Tom Taylor (for Westwood 85mins) However the MOM Ian Roper was also allowed to milk the appaulse in the 88th minute as Dann came on. The game then fizzled out in that pre season way.
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Date:Sunday July 16 2006
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