Walsall 0-0 Shrewsbury: Saddlers held at home
Last Updated: 02/10/18 11:25pm
Walsall and Shrewsbury shared the spoils as a feisty, entertaining derby ended in a 0-0 draw.
Shrewsbury started promisingly and Shaun Whalley's 20-yard seventh-minute strike was tipped wide by Saddlers keeper Liam Roberts, but at the other end, Zeli Ismail's 25-yard free-kick forced a similarly smart save from Town keeper Joel Coleman.
Coleman thwarted another Ismail strike after 15 minutes and Josh Ginnelly miscued the rebound wastefully wide and Ollie Norburn then went close from distance for Shrewsbury, forcing Roberts into another fine low save.
Walsall had two golden chances to go ahead around the half-hour but Ginnelly's shot was blocked on the line by Anthony Grant, and Morgan Ferrier headed Luke Leahy's cross wide when unmarked 10 yards out.
Shrewsbury were again grateful for a goal-line clearance early in the second half, with Luke Waterfall denying Walsall's George Dobson.
Walsall came on strong late on as Ginnelly flashed a drive inches over and Coleman saved well from Ferrier, but Shrewsbury almost won it at the death, Walsall keeper Roberts denying Norburn from point-blank range.