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Walsall 1-1 Forest Green Rovers

James Hardy scored a late equaliser on his English Football League debut to earn Walsall a 1-1 draw at home to Forest Green.

Hardy, a summer signing from AFC Fylde, hooked home from close range in the 86th minute as Rovers appealed in vain for offside after Josh Gordon's overhead kick came back off a post.

A point was the least Walsall deserved, having dominated the game, only to be denied by several fine saves from visiting goalkeeper Lewis Thomas.

After Gordon wasted a good early chance for the Saddlers by scuffing wide from 15 yards, Thomas tipped over Cameron Norman's 25-yard free-kick and superbly foiled Liam Kinsella's deflected effort from outside the penalty box.

Forest Green took the lead against the run of play in first-half stoppage time as James Clarke's error in trying to shepherd a ball out and then hauling down Aaron Collins was punished by Joseph Mills' cool penalty.

After the break, Thomas made another fine stop to deny Hardy, who also blazed over from 15 yards, but the 23-year-old made no mistake late on to earn his side a point.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Roberts
  • 5J Clarke
  • 6ScarrBooked at 75mins
  • 4SadlerSubstituted forHardyat 57'minutesSubstituted forat 79'minutes
  • 26LiddleSubstituted forHoldenat 57'minutes
  • 2NormanBooked at 53minsSubstituted forLaveryat 74'minutes
  • 8Kinsella
  • 7Sinclair
  • 3Pring
  • 11Adebayo
  • 10Gordon

Substitutes

  • 9Lavery
  • 13Rose
  • 15Holden
  • 17Hardy
  • 20Bates
  • 21Cockerill-Mollett
  • 33Jules

Forest Green

  • 24Thomas
  • 6RawsonSubstituted forKitchingat 45+5'minutes
  • 5MillsBooked at 71mins
  • 19McGinley
  • 3Bernard
  • 15MortonSubstituted forAdamsat 77'minutes
  • 18Dawson
  • 23MillsBooked at 45mins
  • 7Winchester
  • 10CollinsBooked at 28minsSubstituted forStevensat 68'minutes
  • 21McCoulsky

Substitutes

  • 8Grubb
  • 9Stevens
  • 12Allen
  • 13Wollacott
  • 14Adams
  • 20Kitching
  • 25Mondal
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
5,205

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home17
Away3
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home24
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Forest Green Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Forest Green Rovers 1.

Foul by Josh Gordon (Walsall).

Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Kinsella (Walsall).

Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Shawn McCoulsky (Forest Green Rovers).

Foul by James Hardy (Walsall).

Kevin Dawson (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Walsall).

Shawn McCoulsky (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

James Clarke (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shawn McCoulsky (Forest Green Rovers).

Foul by James Clarke (Walsall).

Shawn McCoulsky (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Liam Kinsella (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Stevens (Forest Green Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Forest Green Rovers 1. James Hardy (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Josh Gordon (Walsall) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Rory Holden with a cross.

Stuart Sinclair (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Stevens (Forest Green Rovers).

Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rory Holden (Walsall).

Attempt blocked. James Hardy (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Matt Stevens (Forest Green Rovers).

Stuart Sinclair (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Lewis Thomas.

Attempt saved. Caolan Lavery (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rory Holden.

Mat Sadler went off injured after Walsall had used all subs.

Attempt missed. Caolan Lavery (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Ebou Adams replaces James Morton.

Foul by Kevin Dawson (Forest Green Rovers).

James Hardy (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Dan Scarr (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Caolan Lavery replaces Cameron Norman.

Delay in match because of an injury Lewis Thomas (Forest Green Rovers).

Lewis Thomas (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Dan Scarr (Walsall).

Foul by Matt Stevens (Forest Green Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Plymouth22004046
2Swindon22005236
3Exeter22002026
4Grimsby21103124
5Forest Green21102114
6Walsall21102114
7Cheltenham21014223
8Macclesfield21013123
9Crawley21013213
10Carlisle21014403
11Salford21012203
12Crewe210124-23
13Leyton Orient210113-23
14Mansfield20204402
15Newport20202202
16Port Vale20202202
17Bradford20201102
18Cambridge20200002
19Colchester201112-11
20Northampton201112-11
21Morecambe201124-21
22Oldham200213-20
23Stevenage200203-30
24Scunthorpe200216-50
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