Trialist Romaine Sawyers did his contract hopes no harm by netting the winner as Walsall battled past Kidderminster Harriers.
The 19-year-old is fighting for a deal at the Banks’s Stadium after being released by Albion and showed his ability with a powerful finish four minutes before the break.
Harriers had earlier taken the lead when Anthony Malbon evaded the attentions of Dean Holden to nod home Marvin Johnson’s excellent cross.
But Craig Westcarr levelled almost immediately before Sawyers hit the winner and Westcarr had a penalty saved by home keeper Danny Lewis.
Sawyers made four substitute appearances while on loan at Walsall at the end of last season and Smith was impressed with his performance.
“We know what qualities Romaine can bring,” he said.
“He never got a lot of pitch time at the end of last season due to us doing well really and this was a great opportunity to get him in again.
“This was a really good run-out for us. The heat had an effect on the game but I thought we held the ball well at times and controlled it when we didn’t have it as well.”
All three goals and Westcarr’s penalty miss took place in an 11- minute period during an entertaining first half.
Despite temperatures almost topping 30 degrees, the game began at an impressive pace with both sides enjoying periods of pressure.
Yet clear-cut chances were at a premium as players too often chose to shoot from distance rather than look for an extra pass, with Lewis’ save from James Baxendale’s shot the only time either keeper was called into action during the opening half-hour.
When the deadlock finally was broken it came from a moment of class from Johnson, who moved inside from the right-flank before delivering a pinpoint curling cross to give Malbon the simplest of finishes.
Walsall’s response to going a goal down was prompt and effective. Sawyers found Westcarr in space just inside the box and the striker beat Lewis with a first-time, prodded finish.
The goal led to the visitors’ best period of the game and Ashley Hemmings twice went close to putting them ahead before Sawyers struck what proved to be the winner from the move of the match.
Sam Mantom’s floated pass was chased by Baxendale, who reached the byline and pulled the ball back for Sawyers to finish high and hard into the roof of the net.
Westcarr then missed the chance to extend the advantage two minutes later when Lewis proved equal to his spot-kick, diving to his left and saving after the striker had been felled by Josh Gowling.
The interval and the opening stages of the second period brought the inevitable raft of changes and the equally inevitable disruption to the game’s flow, with the contest rather petering out over the final quarter.
Keeper Shane Lewis, another former Albion man on trial at the Banks’s, was the only player to play the full 90 minutes.
“I was really pleased with our efforts and how we responded to going a goal down, possibly against the run of play,” added Smith.
“It’s all about fitness and performance at this stage. All I want to do is get through pre-season injury free.”
Harriers (first half): Lewis, L Vaughan, Dunkley, Gowling, Demetriou, Storer, Fowler, Jackman, Malbon, Gash, Johnson.
Harriers (second half): N Vaughan, Bennett, Dunkley (Grimes 50), Fox, Demetriou (Williams 50), Storer (Byrne 50), Tolley, Gittings, Rowe, Blissett, Angus.
Walsall: Lewis, Chambers (George 56), Taylor (Benning 46), Butler (Purkiss 46), Holden (Downing 56), Featherstone (Heath 56), Baxendale (Ball 56), Mantom (Flanagan 56), Sawyers (Morgan 46), Westcarr (McQuilkin 46), Hemmings (Morris 56).