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🧐 The Opposition: Walsall

We take an in-depth look at the Saddlers, ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet League Two clash with Darrell Clarke's side

29 August 2019

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Walsall manager Darrell Clarke

Grimsby Town face Walsall at Bescot Stadium in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday (3pm).

Michael Jolley’s side had their Carabao Cup round two tie with Macclesfield Town abandoned due to heavy rain at Blundell Park on Tuesday.

And the Mariners will be looking to continue their good form and record their third league win of the season as they face Walsall this weekend.

Darrell Clarke’s side are winless in five games in all competitions, having not picked up a victory since the opening day.

And they will be aiming to get back to winning ways when Town travel to Bescot Stadium on Saturday.

Transfer business


The Saddlers had an extremely busy summer, with 15 new signings arriving at Bescot Stadium and 16 players leaving ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.

Midfielder Stuart Sinclair and centre-half James Clarke followed manager Darrell Clarke in making the move from Bristol Rovers to Walsall.

Danny Guthrie, Caolan Lavery, Shay Facey, Gary Liddle, Elijah Adebayo, Zak Jules, and Mat Sadler also made the move to Bescot Stadium.

Andy Cook signed for Mansfield Town, Zeli Ismail made the move to Bradford City, and Morgan Ferrier and Kieron Morris signed for Tranmere Rovers.

One to watch


Central-midfielder Stuart Sinclair has started in all of Walsall’s six games in all competitions so far in 2019-20.

The 31-year-old made 161 appearances for Bristol Rovers between 2014 and 2019 before making the switch to Bescot Stadium this summer.

And the strong midfielder will be hoping to make his presence known against the Mariners this weekend.

Previous starting 11


Clarke went with a 3-5-2 formation as the Saddlers lost 3-0 away to Plymouth Argyle at Home Park last weekend.

Goalkeeper Liam Roberts had a back three of James Clarke, Dan Scarr, and Mat Sadler in front of him.

Cameron Norman, Stuart Sinclair, Gary Liddle, Liam Kinsella, and Callum Cockerill-Mollett made up the midfield, with Josh Gordon and Elijah Adebayo up front.

Last time we met in the league


Town haven’t faced Walsall in league competition since the two sides met in League Two at Bescot Stadium in January 2007.

Martin Butler scored either side of half time to ensure that Richard Money’s side – who went on to be crowned champions – won 2-0.

What are your predictions for Saturday’s clash with Walsall? Tweet us at @OfficialGTFC!

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Match Reports

📝Match Report: Walsall 1-3 Grimsby Town

Town come from behind to win again

31 August 2019

Lee Blease
James Hanson scores

Grimsby Town came from behind to win for the second Saturday in a row as they beat Walsall at the Banks's Stadium.

The Mariners went a goal down with just five minutes on the clock as Caolan Lavery gave the hosts the advantage.

But they worked their way back into the game and equalised three minutes before the break through Elliott Whitehouse.

Town then took the lead with James Hanson's header on 68 minutes before the striker made the points safe with a late penalty.

One change was made to the starting XI after the 5-2 home victory over Port Vale, with Ludvig Ohman returning in place of the injured Harry Davis.

James McKeown started in goal, with Elliott Hewitt, Ohman, Luke Waterfall and Luke Hendrie in defence.

Jordan Cook, Jake Hessenthaler and Whitehouse were the midfielders, with Matt Green, Hanson and Moses Ogbu in attack.

The Grimsby substitutes were Sam Russell, Liam Gibson, Harry Cardwell, Charles Vernam, Max Wright, Sebastian Ring and Mattie Pollock.

Walsall came into the game with just one win to their name so far this season and were looking to improve on that record.

Town started well, with a free kick resulting in Ogbu having a shot saved by home keeper Liam Roberts after Ohman had knocked the ball down from Hessenthaler's cross.

But the Mariners were to fall behind on five minutes from Walsall's first attack of note, as McKeown made a good save from a shot by Elijah Adebayo but the ball came back out to LAVERY, who scored from close range.

Town's response saw a good cross from Hendrie find Green but his header was well saved by Roberts, at the expense of a corner, which the visitors were unable to turn into a goalscoring opportunity.

A header from Ogbu on 16 minutes missed the target but Town kept the ball in play and worked it back into the box, where Hanson headed wide.

Ohman was shown the first yellow card of the game on 20 minutes for a foul on the Walsall right but the ball from the resulting free kick went out of play for a goal kick.

Winger Rory Holden had the next chance, beating Hendrie and cutting inside before firing over the bar.

Green was caught offside after a break through the middle by Hessenthaler as Town looked for an equaliser.

Hanson then shot straight at Roberts after good work by Ogbu, before a Grimsby free kick led to a Whitehouse header landing on the roof of the net after Ohman had won the initial header.

At the other end, a Walsall corner was headed away by Whitehouse, before the Mariners won a corner of their own on 41 minutes and from it, they were level. The ball was driven in towards the near post and after the hosts failed to fully clear, it was sent back in and WHITEHOUSE headed past Roberts for 1-1.

Walsall tried to get their advantage back before half-time, with a deflected shot from Adebayo saved by McKeown after the hosts beat the offside trap.

Ogbu then won another Town corner, which was headed clear and played back to McKeown.

Two added minutes were played at the end of the half and with no further chances for either side, the scores remained level at the interval.

No changes were made before the restart and the home side started the second half on top, with McKeown making a good save from a long-range effort by Holden.

Josh Gordon replaced Lavery as Walsall made the first substitution of the game on 58 minutes, before a Town break ended when Hewitt's cross failed to pick out Ogbu.

Dan Scarr headed over the bar from a home corner, before the Mariners had a spell of possession which eventually resulted in them taking the lead. A cross from Green found HANSON and his header beat Roberts and hit the net.

Wright was sent on in place of Cook after the goal, with the Mariners loking to add to their newly-gained advantage.

A free kick from Holden went wide of McKeown's target, before a double substitution saw Danny Guthrie and Wes McDonald come on for Sadler and James Hardy.

A home corner led to a good save by McKeown to get the ball away for another one on 77 minutes. This time, it was leared for a throw-in. Another corner soon afterwards was not fully dealt with by the Town defence but Walsall were unable to force a way through.

Gibson replaced Ogbu with 11 minutes to go as Town introduced an extra defensive-minded player in a bid to hold onto their narrow lead.

Town were given a chance to put the result beyond doubt when Wright went down under a challenge inside the penalty area and the referee pointed to the spot. HANSON stepped up to make it 3-1.

Pollock replaced Green in the Mariners' last change and Town were on the attack again as four minutes of stoppage time was signalled.

Adebayo shot straight at McKeown as the now-beaten hosts looked for a consolation goal.

But they were not to get it as the Mariners closed out the remainder of the game to secure another excellent victory.

Town are next in action on Tuesday, when Scunthorpe United visit Blundell Park in the first of the Trophy group games.

Town: McKeown, Hewitt, Ohman, Waterfall, Hendrie, Hessenthaler, Cook, Whitehouse, Green, Ogbu, Hanson.

Subs:Russell, Pollock, Gibson, Ring, Wright, Vernam, Cardwell.

Referee: David Rock

Attendance: 4812 (772)

Next Up: Scunthorpe Utd (H)

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Ticket News

🚌Travelling To Walsall? Read Our Essential Guide Before You Set Off

30 August 2019

Grimsby Town supporters' liaison officer has given us the essential guide ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet League Two clash with Walsall at Bescot Stadium (3pm).

GTFC SLO: Are there any known traffic issues en route to the stadium? I.e any road closures or roadworks?

WFC: No current roadworks are in place at the moment around the Banks's Stadium.

GTFC SLO: Is car parking available for Town fans? If so, please provide details (where, how much etc). If no, information on the nearest location would be appreciated.

WFC: Car parking is available at the stadium at a cost of £4 per car, £6 per minibus and £12 per coach, including disabled supporters.

The Green Zone car park is locked two hours after the final whistle; any vehicles left on the car park after this time will be locked in.

Parking is also available at the nearby Bescot Stadium Railway Station for £2.

GTFC SLO: What is the process for blue badge holders?

WFC: We currently have 25 dedicated disabled parking spaces on site.

These are all allocated to season ticket holders, but should you require disabled parking, please speak to the car park stewards on your arrival and they will help find the best available space. Please have your blue badge clearly displayed. We also offer a ‘drop-off’ service close to the turnstiles.

All parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the game, with car parks open from midday for a Saturday matchday and 5pm for weekday matches.

GTFC SLO: Where is the nearest cash machine to the Banks’s Stadium?

WFC: I believe the nearest cash machine is at the hotel which is the next turning after the stadium.

GTFC SLO: Will tickets be available on the day? And can our supporters pay by cash?

WFC: Tickets will be available on the day, and they can pay cash on the turnstiles or they can come to the ticket office window.

GTFC SLO: Please give details of pre-match venue for Town fans (on-site bar, away fan friendly pubs etc).

Our Away Bar opens usually an hour and a half before kick-off. The Park Inn over the road can accommodate fans as well. We have kiosks in the ground, but if our turnstiles aren't open we have a McDonalds and Morrisons around the corner on the retail park

Food available at the ground and prices kiosk menu attached.

GTFC SLO: What is the postcode for SatNav users?


GTFC SLO: Is our drum allowed in the stadium? What is the process for supporters looking to bring flags into the stadium?

WFC: Drums are not allowed into the stadium, unfortunately. Anyone looking to bring a flag or banner to a Walsall FC game should email for prior consent.

GTFC SLO: Any other important information.

WFC: Located 2 minutes off Junction 9 of the M6, we are very accessible from the motorway.


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