Walsall 1 Bournemouth 0
Walsall moved smoothly into the Southern Area quarterfinals of the LDV Vans Trophy with this deserved victory last night.
Top scorer Matty Fryatt scored the lone goal that decided the issue, and the result avenged a heartbreaking defeat the Saddlers suffered at Bournemouth in the area final of this competition seven years ago.
An entertaining game had plenty of goalmouth incidents, close shaves and a great move for the winning goal.
That came in the 67th minute after French midfielder Eric Skora, on loan from Preston, slipped a great pass to young Daryl Taylor.
The winger, just back from a long lay-off with a knee injury, turned inside a defender and found Fryatt whose close range drive was cleared off the line by Neil Young.
But the ball was returned into the goalmouth by Ishmel Demontagnac and this time Fryatt dived forward to head his ninth goal of the season.
It was no more than the Saddlers deserved and was a fitting reward for Fryatt, having one of his best games of the season up front.
In the seventh minute the England under 19 international was desperately unlucky when he cut inside and saw his left foot shot come back off a post.
Later Fryatt said: "I had a few attempts in the first half, and when my shot was cleared off the line I thought it was going to be one of those nights.
"Fortunately the ball came back to me and I managed to put it away."
It was nearly a dream debut for Walsall's new striker, 20-year-old James Constable, signed on loan from Chippenham Town.
He went on as substitute with eight minutes left and thought he had scored when his 90th-minute header flew into the roof of the net, but he was ruled just offside.
In the first half both sides played lively attacking football and big Steve Fletcher had a diving header well saved by home keeper Joe Murphy in the 11th minute.
And in the 28th minute the Cherries' forward James Hayter saw a header just clear the bar before Saddlers Argentinian striker Dario Larrosa completely miskicked in front of goal from a good chance created by Jorge Leit?o.
But with Skora pulling the strings in midfield Walsall always looked the likely winners, and he had one clever free-kick brilliantly saved by Neil Moss in the 36th minute.
Bournemouth had their best chance in the 59th minute when Dani Rodrigues beat the offside trap but he chipped the ball well off target.
Bournemouth assistant manager Richard O'Kelly, a former Walsall player, said: "Both teams played good football but in Matty Fryatt the Saddlers had the better finisher."