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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
17:01 5th March 2011

Report: Town 0 Walsall 0

It was a forgettable clash between Town and Walsall at The County Ground, with chances at a premium in an uneventful 0-0 draw.

The hosts dominated possession in what was an uneventful opening quarter of an hour, and might have gone in front on two occasions as Matt Ritchie and Mike Grella shot just wide of the near post from 10 yards out on 17 and 18 minutes respectively.

Clear cut chances remained few and far between and Town strived to break down a stubborn looking Saddlers outfit who seemed content to surrender possession to the hosts.

As it drifted past the half hour mark, the game looked increasingly in need of a moment of magic and it almost came after 36 minutes as Saddlers midfielder Richard Taundry pounced on the loose ball on the edge of the box and showed great feet to avoid two challenges, but shot wide having worked himself into a good position.

This proved to be the last of the meaningful action of the half, with both sides in need of inspiration at the break.

Town nearly made the dream start to the second half, as Matt Ritchie worked space well on the left and whipped in a cross for Jonathan Douglas who glanced it expertly goalwards, only to watch in despair as his effort rebounded off the crossbar and clear.

Mike Grella's persistence nearly paid off minutes later as he dispossessed Oliver Lancashire on the left flank and powered into the box, only to shoot well wide from a tight angle with Simon Ferry and Jon-Paul McGovern striving to arrive in support.

Paul Hart

Despite threatening to come alive in its opening period, the second half soon began to take a similar course to the first, with Town dominating possession, but still struggling to breach the Saddlers' rearguard.

The visitors began to gain some confidence the longer they held out, and looked increasingly dangerous on the counter attack, but a winner from either side was looking far from likely.

Town had one more chance to win it late on as Rose surged into the box and smashed Jon Obika's first time shot against the under side of the cross bar, but in fairness neither side really did enough to take the points from a drab afternoon's football at The County Ground.

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