Match ends, Walsall 1, Gillingham 1.
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.
- 15ChambersBooked at 17minsSubstituted forO'Connorat 46'minutes
- 9BradshawSubstituted forGrimesat 60'minutes
- 7LoftBooked at 74mins
- 5EhmerBooked at 86mins
- 31HoyteBooked at 10mins
- 18PritchardBooked at 41minsSubstituted forGarmstonat 81'minutes
- 8HessenthalerSubstituted forGalbraithat 88'minutes
- 10McDonaldBooked at 71minsSubstituted forNorrisat 89'minutes
- Carl Berry
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Gillingham 1.
Substitution, Gillingham. Luke Norris replaces Cody McDonald.
Foul by Ashley Grimes (Walsall).
Doug Loft (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Gillingham. Daniel Galbraith replaces Jake Hessenthaler because of an injury.
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, 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! Walsall 1, Gillingham 1. Ashley Grimes (Walsall) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.
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.