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Walton AFC vs. Baltonsborough Reserves

Walton AFC vs Baltonsborough Reserves

Guest Author: Jamie Daniel

Today walton hosted baltonsbourogh reserves and it was no short of an epic both teams got of to good starts with walton edging the possesion in the opening minutes. It was not until a determined opportunist david field that finished off a scrappy goal to make it 1-0. Waltons second goal came from a excellent piece of play with paul pentney scoring a terrific goal. A peice of sloppy play from the midfield and the defence of walton saw baltonsborough get a goal back straight from the kick off seconds later. Waltons third came from dave field for his second with a piledriving shot that left the keeper for dead. Both teams had a number of chances and some excelent play saw walton make some excelent scoring oppertunities and the smootheness of the football was so breathtaking it looked like they were passing it about like teams in the premiership.

Both teams started off slowly in the second half and it was not until it became 4-1 when luke parry scored did it change. It was not until the fifth goal from luke parry again which made it easier for walton to step off the pedal a little and start playing passing football. Then it became 6-1 to walton when a excellent throwing from jamie daniel that saw adam rahn get on the end of to set up paul pentney for his second and then it really looked like it was going to be an easy three points for walton and dangerous attacks from walton saw save after save from the baltonsbourough goalkeeper and when a corner came in from the right hand side jamie daniel rose above everybody but the keeper pulled off a fantastic save and tipped it over the bar. It then got worse for baltonsborough when adam rahn lobbed the keeper from 20 yards to make it a final score of 7-1.

Special mention must go to Chris Skinner for a great performance as referee.

Line Up.

Walton AFC: L.Rahn, Stephens, Seymour, Kilfoyle, Snell, Phillips (Stoodley 50mins), A. Rahn, Daniel, Field (Trask 65 mins), Parry, Pentney

Man of the Match: Jamie Daniel

Montacute vs Walton AFC

Following a hard earned point against Mermaid United, Walton travelled to Montacute looking to continue their unbeaten start to the campaign.

Things looked promising with only ten minutes until kickoff with no nets, referee and only two montacute players present, unfortunatly for the visitors a record number of players were missing for the match, leaving the manager no choice but to play a slightly makeshift and untested team.

The opening 15 minutes was a scrappy affair, with neither team able to keep the ball on the ground for more than 10 seconds, mainly due to the pitch and its countless molehills and potholes.

Walton looked the more likely to score in the first half, with Dan Stoodley going close from 18 yards after the home defence misjudged a ong ball forward.

It was the home side that broke the deadlock when the ball was given away cheaply in midfield presenting their number 9 with a chance which was finished with a fine lob from the edge of the area.

Walton went in at half time disapointed to be behind without really testing the keeper.

The second half saw a change in formation and attitude for the visitors, who looked to go on the offensive straight away.

Dispite the much improved play and effectively pinning their opponents inside their half for long periods, it wasnt until the 85th minute that Walton broke through, a long throw into the penalty area caused mayhem as the ‘keeper and two of his own defenders collided allowing the ball to drop to Andrew Kilfoyle who finshed from 10 yards.

A late penalty claim was turned away by the referee, much to Walton’s dismay. But overall a draw may have been a fair result due to the home sides commited defending and the visiters lack of ideas going forward.

Scorers: Kilfoyle

Referee’s MOTM: Kilfoyle

Walton AFC vs Mermaid United

Off the back of a tough cup fixture with Castle Cary, Walton returned to their league as the host to Mermaid United, the two teams had met previously in the preseason of 2008 when Mermaid ran out as comfortable winners. Things had changed at the Pirates Cove since that day, with Walton looking to put together a much more professional effort against todays tough opposition..

As per usual Walton started the brighter of the two teams, with Stoodley testing the ‘keeper early on from range, and after less than 10 minutes of play Walton found themselves in front, courtesy of a Paul Pentney header over the advancing ‘keeper.

Rattled by the goal Mermaid, found themselves second best to everything in midfield and almost found themselves 2 behind as Pentney turned a defender and had a snapshot from the edge of the area.

The Mermaid backline quickly reassured themselves through some organised defending and they soon found themselves back on level terms, Walton found themselves distracted less than 5 minutes later as the visiting number 9 found himself in acres of space in the penalty area to give his side a 2-1 lead at the interval.

Frustrated by the second goal Walton came out in the second half full of determination to regain their lead, their efforts were soon rewarded as Dan Stoodley found himself with a half-chance in the penalty area which he finished clinically. He added to his tally for the season less than 5 minutes later with a sinilar finish to give the side a well deserved lead.

With Mermaid pressing to get a goal back they found themselves short at the back as Conan Carter lofted a ball forward which was misjudged for the second time in the match allowing Paul Pentney to once again head over the stranded ‘keeper and give his side a two goal cushion.

Mermaid found themselves with some work to do, and with 20 minutes left to do it in. A couple changes by the manager allowed the visiting midfielders to start controlling the game and quickly find the space to pull a goal back.

With less that 5 minutes left on the clock, Mermaid found the equaliser after some sloppy defending and a crisp finish.

There was a massive push for a winner by Mermaid in the final seconds of the game, only some outstanding, last-ditch defending kept the attackers at bay.

Finally the referee called time on the match, the points shared between the two sides which was overall a fair result.

Scorers: Paul Pentney (2), Dan Stoodley (2)

Referee’s MOTM: Drew Kilfoyle

Castle Cary vs Walton AFC

Entering the Charity Cup as the lowest ranked team in the competition, Walton travelled to Castle Cary knowing that they were in for a tough game. Their opponents were positioned two divisions above them in the Yeovil and District League and had years of experience in the competition behind them.

Starting with a very strong, attacking team, Walton went straight on the offensive and found themselves in front after less than 5 minutes, Paul Pentney finding the bottom corner from 18 yards.

Full report to follow…

Butleigh Dynamos vs Walton AFC

After the disappointment of both Bruton and South Cheriton cancelling games for the opening day of the season, Walton were keen to start playing football again. Blessed with a full squad to choose from, the manager was able to select one of the strongest sides that he had been able to put out since the end of last season.

As per usual the visitors got off to a very sloppy start, with less than 10 minutes gone lackluster marking from a corner allowed Ash Harris to score from close range. Heads dropped instantly, and it took a determined run from Dan Stoodley, forcing a fine save from the host’s new ‘keeper to bring the side back to life.

After a few minutes of constant pressure, it was clear that a break through was coming, and it was Jamie Daniel who managed to force the ball over the line from close range after great work by Luke Parry.

The half ended even, a fair reflection on the 45 minutes of football played.

The second half saw the introduction of Paul Penteny and Luke Trask to the fray, with the simple instructions from the manager of “…just make sure we beat these fockers!!”

Spurred on by such and inspiration half time team talk, Walton came out flying, and it wasn’t long before a driven through ball by Drew Kilfoyle left both center backs floundering, allowing Luke Parry a clear run on goal with the time to round the ‘keeper and finish smoothly.

Rattled by the goal, Walton quickly added to their tally, another lofted ball forward caught out the two center backs and allowed Paul Pentney to smash home the chance from 12 yards.

Butleigh were quick to reply, another corner was swung in and yet again Ash Harris found himself unmarked and able to head home from six yards, with 20 mins left on the clock there was time for more drama.

Butleigh, encouraged by their goal started to pile on the pressure, and fan’s favourate Gar Jeanes found himself in acres of space inside the penalty area and cooly slotted the chance home. Replays have shown that the full back was actually 8 yards offside but the goal was given, and Walton had it all to do.

With less than 5 mins remaining, a quick throw by Conan Carter found the run of Dave Field whose perfect cross found the head of Parry who duly headed home a dramatic winner.

Referee’s Man Of The Match: Adam Rahn