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Match preview - Town head to Walsall in return to Sky Bet League Two action

10 November 2023

Fresh from triumphing in the FA Cup last weekend, we are back in league action when Simon Weaver and his side head to Walsall tomorrow looking to continue a fine spell of form away from home.

The 5-1 victory at Marine made it four wins on the bounce on the road in all competitions and five unbeaten in total and they will be looking to continue the run against a side they have had generally had the better of since promotion to the EFL. 


Our opponents  

Town travel to the Poundland Bescot Stadium sitting three spots and a single place behind their opponents. 

The Saddlers come into the game winless in their last three league outings but have been defeated just once on home soil this season, taking 12 points from seven games. Like Town, they also progressed through to round two of the FA Cup with a 4-1 defeat of non-league outfit Sheppey United. 

Previous meetings 

Town went down to a 3-1 defeat away to Walsall a season ago, the first defeat against the Saddlers since promotion to the EFL. First-half goals from Danny Johnson, Liam Gordon and Isaac Hutchinson gave the hosts a 3-0 lead before a late consolation from Matty Daly reduced the arrears. 

Town had previously won by the same scoreline in 201/22 thanks to strikes from Simon Power, Jack Diamond and Luke Armstrong and took a point in 2020/21 following a goalless draw. 

The man in charge 

Mat Sadler will go head to head with Simon Weaver for the first time since taking over as Walsall manager from Michael Flynn at the end of last season. 

This is his first managerial position after a playing career that saw him make almost 500 appearances for the likes of Birmingham City, Watford, Shrewsbury, Crawley and Walsall as well as representing England at youth level. 

Ones to watch 

There is plenty of firepower available to Walsall, with the summer capture of Danny Johnson seeing the Saddlers seal a permanent move for a player who had previously shone whilst on loan. 

Alongside Johnson, the club can also boast former Forest Green Rovers striker Jamille Matt and Aramide Oteh but it is youngster Freddie Draper, on loan from Lincoln City, who has stood out having netted eight times this season. Draper is a doubt for the game through injury though. 

The club added former Newport midfielder Priestley Farquharson for this season to bolster a midfield that has seen Isaac Hutchinson hit five goals and add two assists. 

The dependable Donervon Daniels has been a feature in the backline once again at the back alongside former Carlisle man Joe Riley. 


Walsall have spent the vast majority of their time in the third tier of English football, last playing in the Championship in the early 2000’s. They were relegated to League Two at the end of the 2018/19 season and have posted mid-table finishes since. 

They moved to their current all-seater home, Banks’s Stadium, in 1990 and posted a record attendance of 11,049 in 2004 against Rotherham. The all-time leader in appearances for the club is Jimmy Walker, who played 534 times across two spells, whilst Alan Buckley is their leading goalscorer, netting 202 times in the 1970’s and 1980’s. 

Team news 
Simon Weaver is without any injury concerns heading into the game. 

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Match report - Thomson strike secures three points in Walsall visit

11 November 2023

Second half substitue George Thomson’s long-range strike was the differences as Town made it five away wins in a row in this afternoon's 1-0 victory over Walsall.

Town boss Simon Weaver made two changes from the side which secured FA Cup progression last weekend against Marine. Jonathan Mitchell was called in between the sticks after signing on a short-term deal little over a week ago. 

He was joined by Jack Muldoon stepping up from a bench which included Liam Gibson following his return from injury. 

A succession of Walsall corners within the first few minutes called Rod McDonald into action as well as the debutant Mitchell who had to front up two good deliveries from Stirk.

Folarin brought the first Town chance on the counter, using his pace to skip past McEntee down the right touchline, his cross was a good one but just couldn’t make its way to Muldoon.

The best chance of the half came when Odoh latched onto some slack Walsall defensive passing, the wide man slid through Matty Daly who saw Muldoon in space, but the Walsall defence cut out the chance before it brought glory.

Town pressed relentlessly and their efforts were finding pockets of success with continuous pressure.

Walsall 'keeper Evans almost handed Town an easy opportunity as a stray pass found Daly, who just couldn’t adjust himself before Daniels’ recovery spared his keepers’ blushes.

Grit and determination were the order of the first 30 minutes as Sutton and Falkingham were working tirelessly to cut out passing avenues after being put slightly on the backfoot from a home side with a spring in their step.

40 minutes in Matty Foulds snuffed out an almost certain goal from Hutchinson late in the second half as the full-back galloped behind the on-rushing Mitchell to stand guard on the goal line and send it for a corner.

Town began to dominate play towards the end of the half, Odoh was narrowly caught offside, cutting off the opportunity for a 1v1.

Rod McDonald proved vital as he glided across the pitch to cut out a marauding run from Daniels, he got himself in between the man and the ball to win a free kick and keep the score level as the whistle blew despite the home side racking up 13 shots.

The second half got under way much like the first, with Walsall building up slowly and looking like they would knock on the door.

Substitutions came for Town on the 60th minute as Levi Sutton came off for Dean Cornelius, instantly providing a quick impact for the approach play as the Scotsman’s pass found Falkingham, who neatly chipped the ball to Ramsay on the right wing.

But his cross was blocked, and the looping ball was touched well by Muldoon. From which Falkingham moved well again into space and his cut back to Daly set up a vital save from Evans.

As the final 10 minutes beckoned, Walsall were still looking for a breakthrough. Hutchinson hit the post with a low left footed shot that had beaten an outstretched Mitchell. It would be the first of two quickfire woodwork hitting efforts from the saddlers.

In the end it took until 5 minutes shy of normal time for Town to finally get the edge on the scoresheet…

The move began with Odoh in the middle of the Walsall half, a quick overlap to Ramsay on the right flank allowed a ball to be laid centrally to Thomson. He unleashed a low shot from the edge of the box with deathly accurate strike into the bottom corner.

The Victory boosts Towns already stellar away record to five wins overall and four on the spin in Sky Bet League Two.


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Walsall (A) Fixture Information

30 October 2023

Our next SkyBet League Two sees Simon Weaver's side travel to Walsall on Saturday 11th November, kick-off 3pm.


Tickets are now on sale through Walsall's website via the below link...

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Town fans must purchase in the Away Stand Sponsored by B.A.T.


The stadium is less than a mile from junction 9 of the M6. From M6 North: leave the M6 at junction 9 and take the A461 towards Walsall, turn right onto the A4148 (Wallows Lane) and right again at the second set of traffic lights. The ground will appear on your left.

Car Parking

Car parking is available at the stadium at a cost of £7 per car, £10 per mini bus and £15 per coach, including disabled supporters.

Away travel

Harrogate Town Independent Supporters Club will be running a coach to this fixture, for more info please contact Jordan Ford on 07989 969575.

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