Walsall Wood 1-2 Hanley Town: Match Report

By Jack Danby

Kyle Stubbs scored a late header as Hanley Town came from behind to beat Walsall Wood 2-1 on Saturday.

Stubbs was introduced as an 83rd minute substitute and met Reece Jones’ cross at the back post to head in from close range with two minutes to go.

This came after Ryan Campbell-Gordon equalised for Hanley just after half time, he reacted quickest from Josh Green’s low cross to prod the ball home.

Hanley did not get off to the best of starts as the hosts took the lead just two minutes into the game through Ryan Nesbitt.

In the 13th minute it could have been two, but Tommy Simkin was alert to save Walsall’s effort from outside the area.

Carl Dickinson nearly put Hanley level on the brink of half time, but he headed Louis Dodds’ corner just over the bar.

With the score at 1-1, Lucas Green-Birch had a great chance to give Hanley the lead, but he could not direct his header on target.

Dickinson told the Club’s media how pleased he was for Stubbs to score the winning goal and that it shows the depth and character in his squad.

He said: “I’m delighted for Stubbsy. He had every right to moan today, but he has come on and done that, and showed great attitude which is what we want here.”

Hanley are next in action on Tuesday night, they head to Racing Club Warwick with a chance to go top of the Midland Premier Division.