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In-form Walsall keep unbeaten run going; Carlisle United 0 Walsall 4.

WALSALL picked up their third pre-season win in a week when they crushed Third Division Carlisle at Brunton Park.

It followed victories over Clyde and Raith Rovers during their brief Scottish tour, and manager Ray Graydon was pleased with the latest performance.

The Saddlers took the lead in the 28th minute when a cross from Paul Hall was handled and Dean Keates stroked home the penalty.

Spanish winger Pedro Matias volleyed the second eight minutes later after Brett Angell won an aerial challenge, and Carlisle rarely troubled a defence in which Andy Rammell played as an emergency centre-back.

Highlight of the match was a magnificent solo goal from former Villa striker Darren Byfield who completed a 20-yard run with a blistering drive into the top corner from just outside the box.

Angell headed the fourth goal when Hall's cross bounced back to him off the bar.

Walsall included French trialist Jules Tchimbakala in the problem left-back spot.

Meanwhile, a Walsall team made up mainly of youth players hit back from three down to draw 3-3 with Rushall Olympic in a friendly at Dales Lane yesterday.

Olympic were comfortably in control at the start, and their goals came through Jason Dyer (15), Mick Ayres (26) and an Asa Charlton penalty four minutes into the second half.

But Walsall's teenagers showed their character, hitting back through Gavin Canes (54), Mark Wright (62) and the impressive Karl Hawley 12 minutes from the end.

Rushall's keeper Darryl Haynes then denied the Saddlers with a fine save from Elliot Pascalis, and Hawley headed over from a good position.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jul 30, 2000
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