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Walsall 2-1 Gillingham

First-half strikes from Morgan Ferrier and Isaiah Osbourne continued Walsall's promising start to the season with a 2-1 win over previously undefeated Gillingham.

Both sides went close early, with Tom Eaves' powerful header flying just wide for Gillingham, while Walsall full-back Luke Leahy's 20-yarder was saved by Tomas Holy.

The hosts led on 12 minutes as George Dobson fed Ferrier to cut inside to fire a superb strike into the top corner from just inside the box.

Josh Parker drilled narrowly wide for Gillingham from 20 yards 10 minutes later, before Ferrier nearly produced a replica of his opener but fired straight at Holy.

Gills' Brandon Hanlan forced a smart save from Liam Roberts but Walsall grabbed a vital second before the break as Osbourne swept into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

The Saddlers nearly had a third on 51 minutes but Andy Cook was foiled by Holy's strong right hand.

Gillingham came on strong late in the game and after Callum Reilly's header was cleared off the line by Dobson, they pulled one back at the death when Eaves headed home Barry Fuller's deep cross.

However, it was not enough to maintain their unbeaten run as they were leapfrogged in the League One table by their opponents.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Walsall

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Roberts
  • 6Devlin
  • 27Fitzwater
  • 5Guthrie
  • 3Leahy
  • 8Morris
  • 30Osbourne
  • 4DobsonBooked at 89mins
  • 11Ginnelly
  • 16FerrierSubstituted forGordonat 90+1'minutes
  • 9Cook

Substitutes

  • 13Dunn
  • 15Kinsella
  • 17Kouhyar
  • 18Sangha
  • 19Candlin
  • 28Wilson
  • 29Gordon

Gillingham

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Holy
  • 2O'NeillBooked at 78minsSubstituted forFullerat 78'minutes
  • 5EhmerBooked at 86mins
  • 6Zakuani
  • 3Garmston
  • 16BinghamSubstituted forReillyat 67'minutes
  • 11Charles-Cook
  • 33Byrne
  • 14Parker
  • 9Eaves
  • 7HanlanSubstituted forWilkinsonat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Lacey
  • 10Wilkinson
  • 12Fuller
  • 13Reilly
  • 17Nasseri
  • 25Stevenson
  • 30Hadler
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
4,361

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home15
Away19
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Walsall 2, Gillingham 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Walsall 2, Gillingham 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Regan Charles-Cook (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Josh Gordon (Walsall).

  5. Post update

    Gabriel Zakuani (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Walsall 2, Gillingham 1. Tom Eaves (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Conor Wilkinson.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Josh Gordon (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Josh Gordon replaces Morgan Ferrier.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Callum Reilly (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Andy Cook.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Josh Parker (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  12. Booking

    George Dobson (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Hand ball by George Dobson (Walsall).

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Callum Reilly (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mark Byrne (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Regan Charles-Cook (Gillingham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Morgan Ferrier (Walsall).

  18. Post update

    Barry Fuller (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Luke Leahy (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Booking

    Max Ehmer (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Peterborough33009369
2Portsmouth33007259
3Barnsley32106067
4Walsall32105327
5Doncaster32016336
6Gillingham32016336
7Wimbledon31201015
8Southend31115414
9Fleetwood31114314
10Scunthorpe21103214
11Sunderland21103214
12Charlton31114404
13Coventry31112204
14Accrington311134-14
15Rochdale311157-24
16Bristol Rovers310245-13
17Burton310235-23
18Bradford310214-33
19Blackpool302112-12
20Plymouth301224-21
21Shrewsbury301213-21
22Luton301225-31
23Wycombe301215-41
24Oxford Utd3003110-90
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