Saddlers undone by~on-song Quakers

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The former England international appeared to elbow Darlington midfielder Ricky Ravenhill in the face in the 39th minute at the Banks’s Stadium after the pair had been niggling at each other, and referee Darren Drysdale immediately produced a red card.

Walsall had taken a 10th-minute lead when the unmarked Ricketts stooped to head Chris Palmer’s free-kick in from close range.

But Quakers had already shown they could play as wingers David Poole and Adam Griffin were causing plenty of trouble with their trickery.

In the 31st minute a run by Poole ended with Jason Kennedy rifling a left-foot shot high into the net for the equaliser.

The impressive Billy Clarke took advantage of more good work by Poole to win the match. From the winger’s pass he had one shot blocked but was first to the rebound, which he smashed past Clayton Ince.