League Two
Walsall1Scunthorpe0

Walsall 1-0 Scunthorpe United

James Clarke's brilliant bicycle kick proved enough to hand Walsall a first home win of the League Two season to leave struggling Scunthorpe still without a point on their travels.

Centre-back Clarke acrobatically volleyed home Danny Guthrie's 65th-minute cross from six yards to claim a 1-0 win and hand Scunthorpe a fifth-successive away defeat in the league under Paul Hurst.

Scunthorpe controlled a drab, goalless first half but Walsall came closest to breaking the deadlock as Caolan Lavery curled the ball inches wide from the edge of the box after cutting in from the right.

The second half was better with Rory Gaffney heading a Guthrie free-kick wide for Walsall before Kevin Van Veen's curler brought a save from Saddlers goalkeeper Liam Roberts at the other end.

Once Clarke volleyed the home side in front, Walsall saw out the game comfortably, their only scare coming after 75 minutes when Ryan Colclough drilled just wide.

The victory was Walsall's third of the season - all coming via a 1-0 scoreline - as they kept a third clean sheet in four games, lifting them to 16th while Scunthorpe remain second-bottom.

Report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Roberts
  • 26Liddle
  • 6Scarr
  • 5J Clarke
  • 33Jules
  • 15HoldenBooked at 61mins
  • 7Sinclair
  • 16GuthrieBooked at 36minsSubstituted forKinsellaat 66'minutes
  • 25McDonaldSubstituted forNormanat 86'minutes
  • 30Gaffney
  • 9LaverySubstituted forGordonat 23'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Norman
  • 8Kinsella
  • 10Gordon
  • 13Rose
  • 17Hardy
  • 20Bates
  • 21Cockerill-Mollett

Scunthorpe

  • 1Watson
  • 14Perch
  • 26McGahey
  • 23McArdle
  • 28BrownSubstituted forNtlheat 84'minutes
  • 20Gilliead
  • 4Lund
  • 5Songo'oSubstituted forSlaterat 75'minutes
  • 7ColcloughBooked at 64mins
  • 29MillerSubstituted forEisaat 61'minutes
  • 10van Veen

Substitutes

  • 2Clarke
  • 3Ntlhe
  • 25Eastwood
  • 27Slater
  • 30Eisa
  • 44Hornshaw
  • 45McAtee
Referee:
Marc Edwards
Attendance:
4,037

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamScunthorpe
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Scunthorpe United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Scunthorpe United 0.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Liam Roberts.

Attempt blocked. Alex Gilliead (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Zak Jules.

Liam Kinsella (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Regan Slater (Scunthorpe United).

Foul by Matthew Lund (Scunthorpe United).

Stuart Sinclair (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Zak Jules.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Cameron Norman replaces Wesley McDonald.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Kgosi Ntlhe replaces Junior Brown.

Offside, Scunthorpe United. Matthew Lund tries a through ball, but Ryan Colclough is caught offside.

Attempt saved. James Clarke (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dan Scarr with a headed pass.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Harrison McGahey.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Regan Slater replaces Yann Songo'o.

Attempt missed. Ryan Colclough (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Harrison McGahey.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by James Perch.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Rory McArdle.

Attempt blocked. Rory Gaffney (Walsall) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rory Holden.

Foul by Rory Gaffney (Walsall).

Yann Songo'o (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Liam Kinsella replaces Danny Guthrie because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Scunthorpe United 0. James Clarke (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Danny Guthrie with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Junior Brown.

Booking

Ryan Colclough (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Rory Holden (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Colclough (Scunthorpe United).

Attempt saved. Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Abobaker Eisa.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Abobaker Eisa replaces George Miller.

Booking

Rory Holden (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by George Miller (Scunthorpe United).

Attempt saved. Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Junior Brown.

Attempt missed. Rory Holden (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Wesley McDonald following a set piece situation.

Rory Holden (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United).

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Dan Scarr.

Attempt missed. Rory Gaffney (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Danny Guthrie with a cross following a set piece situation.

Rory Holden (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Exeter10640157822
2Crewe107031712521
3Cheltenham106221991020
4Swindon106221811720
5Forest Green1053275218
6Bradford10523149517
7Newport1045196317
8Crawley104421613316
9Grimsby104331612415
10Colchester10433118315
11Cambridge104241310314
12Northampton104241210214
13Port Vale103431114-313
14Plymouth103341413112
15Macclesfield103341011-112
16Walsall1033459-412
17Salford102531216-411
18Carlisle103251218-611
19Mansfield102441215-310
20Oldham102441215-310
21Leyton Orient102351218-69
22Morecambe10136919-106
23Scunthorpe101271018-85
24Stevenage10046614-84
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