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LOCAL FOOTBALL: Battling performance earns Walkington a point

Sculcoates Amateurs 2 – 2 AFC Walkington (Saturday October 28)

An away fixture versus Sculcoates Amateurs at the Hull & East Riding Sports Club for Walkington following last week’s 5-3 home win against Hornsea Town. Walkington were still without some key first-team players due to injury, allowing opportunities for some of the crop of up and coming young players to gain valuable first-team experience .

Very blustery conditions caused difficulties for both teams, but with Walkington enjoying the wind advantage in the first half it was Sculcoates who suffered the first blow – an awkward back pass was completely misjudged and went over the Sculcoates keeper into the net. It was 1-0 to Walkington with barely a few minutes gone.

Soon after, a bad foul resulted in a free kick just inside the Walkington half and once again there was a slip by the Sculcoates keeper, making it 2-0 Walkington. The blustery conditions were clearly having an effect.

Sculcoates had their first chance shortly after and eventually scored, with Walkington’s defence not clearing ball from their area.

Walkington responded by putting some good moves together involving Luke Thompson, Archie Brown and Lewis Palin resulting in Archie Brown  going close, only for the woodwork to prevent him from scoring.  3-1 at this time would clearly have been a game changer for Walkington. Other chances followed but Walkington could not capitalise on them.

There followed another below as Walkington Manager Leigh Palin was forced into making changes, with Luke Thompson having to leave the field with a suspected groin strain. And the game was beginning to get feisty, with some heavy tackling by Sculcoates  and Walkington felt very agreived in not getting the decisions.

To make matters worse,  Sculcoates Amatuers levelled before the break –  Walkington giving away a free kick with the resultant shot saved by Callum Eade but on the rebound Sculcoates scored.

The second half saw Walkington making changes, bringing on defensive players Ryan Martin and Mike Stansfield, but soon after a Walkington player received a straight red card. But as seen on many occasions, Walkington’s 10 men battled hard with midfielder  Jason Crisp putting in a superb second to run the show.

Substitutes Martin and Stansfield (returning after a long term injury) made a definite impact as did the earlier substitute, Olli Burns, moving out to a wide position.

The tactical changes made by manger Leigh Palin clearly paid off and saw Walkington take the game to Sculcoates. Chances followed to take all three points which on the second half efforts would have been well deserved. But Walkington in the end had to settle for the draw .

Walkington again on the road next week, away to league leaders Chalk Lane .