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Walsall 1-1 Gillingham

Ashley Grimes
Ashley Grimes moved to Walsall last summer after being released by Bury

Ashley Grimes scored his first goal for Walsall to secure a hard-fought draw against Gillingham.

The Saddlers created several opportunities for Tom Bradshaw, but he was unable to find the net before being taken off with a hamstring problem.

The visitors took the lead when a long ball over the top found Bradley Dack and the midfielder finished well.

Grimes, on for Bradshaw, scored his first goal in 26 appearances when he drilled in from close range.

Saddlers in market for Sunday football
Sunday's unusual kick-off time was to avoid a clash with the lucrative weekly Sunday market at Bescot, a long-standing money-spinner for Walsall. The game had to be put back from Saturday to allow Gillingham extra time to recover from Thursday night's JPT tie at Bristol City

Romaine Sawyers wasted a good opportunity late on as the hosts pushed forward looking for a winner.

Walsall remain 15th in League One, five points away from the play-off places, while Gillingham are two points further adrift.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 2Purkiss
  • 6Downing
  • 15ChambersBooked at 17minsSubstituted forO'Connorat 46'minutes
  • 3Taylor
  • 27Forde
  • 7Chambers
  • 12Cain
  • 21Cook
  • 10Sawyers
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forGrimesat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4O'Connor
  • 11Baxendale
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 17Flanagan
  • 24Grimes
  • 25Henry
  • 29Murphy

Gillingham

  • 1Nelson
  • 7LoftBooked at 74mins
  • 5EhmerBooked at 86mins
  • 4Egan
  • 31HoyteBooked at 10mins
  • 18PritchardBooked at 41minsSubstituted forGarmstonat 81'minutes
  • 23Dack
  • 8HessenthalerSubstituted forGalbraithat 88'minutes
  • 11McGlashan
  • 10McDonaldBooked at 71minsSubstituted forNorrisat 89'minutes
  • 9Marquis

Substitutes

  • 2Garmston
  • 6Legge
  • 12Morris
  • 13Galbraith
  • 19Norris
  • 24Dickenson
  • 25McKain
Referee:
Carl Berry
Attendance:
3,951

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home15
Away5
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Gillingham 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Gillingham 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Luke Norris replaces Cody McDonald.

Foul by Ashley Grimes (Walsall).

Doug Loft (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Daniel Galbraith replaces Jake Hessenthaler because of an injury.

Booking

Max Ehmer (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

Jordan Cook (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Max Ehmer (Gillingham).

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Bradley Garmston replaces Josh Pritchard.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Max Ehmer.

Attempt missed. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Bradley Dack.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Gillingham 1. Ashley Grimes (Walsall) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Doug Loft (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Doug Loft (Gillingham).

Jordan Cook (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by James O'Connor.

Booking

Cody McDonald (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 0, Gillingham 1. Bradley Dack (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Max Ehmer.

Foul by James O'Connor (Walsall).

John Marquis (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Anthony Forde (Walsall).

Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jake Hessenthaler.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Max Ehmer.

Attempt blocked. Ashley Grimes (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

John Egan (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Ashley Grimes replaces Tom Bradshaw because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Jordan Cook (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jermaine McGlashan (Gillingham).

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by James O'Connor.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by James O'Connor.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Andy Taylor.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City26176350222857
2MK Dons27167459253455
3Swindon27166552272554
4Preston27138641281347
5Chesterfield2710984136539
6Sheff Utd2511683228439
7Rochdale261151047351238
8Bradford2610793330337
9Oldham2691073838037
10Peterborough27114123434037
11Fleetwood28107112728-137
12Doncaster269982831-336
13Notts County2798103034-435
14Port Vale28105133440-635
15Walsall2781092729-234
16Scunthorpe2596103741-433
17Barnsley2695123639-332
18Gillingham2888123644-832
19Coventry28710112939-1031
20Crewe2785142549-2429
21Colchester2777133243-1128
22Crawley2869132647-2127
23Leyton Orient2768133543-826
24Yeovil2867152140-1925
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