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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

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Walsall 1, Gillingham 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Gillingham 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Gillingham. Luke Norris replaces Cody McDonald.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Grimes (Walsall).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Substitution

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

  7. Booking

    Max Ehmer (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Max Ehmer (Gillingham).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Gillingham. Bradley Garmston replaces Josh Pritchard.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Max Ehmer.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Bradley Dack.

  14. Goal!

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

  15. Booking

    Doug Loft (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Doug Loft (Gillingham).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

  20. Post update

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

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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