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Local football: Walkington lose out to league leaders

Chalk Lane 3 – 0 AFC Walkington (Saturday November 4)

Walkington were on the road again with an away match to current Humber Premier League Leaders Chalk Lane – the game going ahead on Hull University’s 3G playing surface.

Walkington boss Leigh Palin found himself still having to “manage” the starting 11 due to some long-term injury problems,  made more difficult by the two injuries picked up the previous week. Danny Moore was making his debut in goal.

Palin had stressed in his team talk the role the artifial playing surface would have and how Chalk Lane would use it to their advantage and this was certainly the case in the early stages, with Chalk immediately on the front foot.

Walkington’s central defenders found it difficult to cope early on and before the tenth minute the home side were ahead. Walkington did respond with a good move involving Archie Brown, a Calum Bunn cross and a shot by Matt Whitaker. But before the 20 minute mark Walkington had conceded again.

Walkington responded by making a substitution, bringing on Oliver McCardle and moving Ryan Martin into central defence.  The game began to settle down but as half-time approached Chalk had another chance and could have gone 3-0 up.

HT: Chalk Lane 2 AFC Walkington 0.

The second half under way with a further substitution (Connor Garwood) and the opening minutes of the half were certainly brighter for Walkington. But Chalk responded and Danny Moore had to makes two good saves for Walkington.

A further substitution for Walkington (Luke Thompson) early into the half made an impact, with Thompson’s pace giving Chalk problems. Walkington earned several free kicks as a result,  but after seeing Jason Crisp go close could not capitalise on them.

The second half overall saw Walkington the better team, Lewis Palins’ move into a midfield role giving some bite to Walkington’s play. It looked for a while that if Walkington could score it would make a very interesting finish. Ryan Martin, in particular, was looking very comfortable in central defence .

But, in the final closing minutes Chalk Lane scored a third. Overall, however,  the 3-0 score line which did not reflect Walkington’s second half performance.

Tomorrow, Tuesday (7th), Walkington are away to prepare for the second round of the E.R.C.F.A. Cup v Bridlington Town at Queensgate, Bridlington, a 7.45pm kick-off.