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Local football: No disgrace for Walkington despite scoreline

Bridlington Town 6 – 0 AFC Walkington ((tues 7th November- East Riding Senior Cup)

This was a ig game and occasion for AFC Walkington from the Humber Premier league taking on the cup holders Bridlington Town, of the North Eastern Counties League, in this East Riding Senior Cup Quarter Final at the Hudgell Solicitor Stadium.

Walkington were getting back to something like a full strength squad for the match, with only forward Adam Bowes and defender Danny Johnson still recovering from injury. It was a debut for Marc Wain in goal.

Against a nearly full-strength Bridlington side Walkington manager Leigh Palin brought Dean Windass in for the injured Adam Bowes alongside Oliver Baldwin –  just one of younger players Walkington are successfully bringing  through.

On a rain-soaked night Walkington made a bright start and there was a good passage of play involving right back Lewis Palin, Oliver Baldwin and Luke Thomson on the Bridlington  goal. Early on, too, there was a great solo run and shot by Luke Thompson followed by a superb ball from Dean Windass, giving Oliver Baldwin a great chance on goal.

Scoring at this stage would certainly have given Bridlington something to think about, but 10 minutes into the game a corner resulted in the home side going ahead.

It was the big Number 9, Jake Day, who scored and he bagged another shortly after to make it 2-0 and then on 15 minutes completed his hat-trick for 3-0. And this a player who’s scoring form of late has not been good!


Walkington didn’t allow their heads to drop and despite, the scoreline, the visitors were still playing some attractive football, with Brad Palin looking comfortable and the young Archie Brown showing a good range of midfield  passing..

Chances came for Walkington during this period from Oliver Baldwin and Dean Windass, but the final ball was just not going for them. Luke Thompson was giving the Brid Town full-back a very difficult night and he  struggled to cope with the pace of Thompson throughout.

But on 29 minutes again up popped the big number 9 to add his fourth goal of the night.

The second half underway with Leigh Palin making a substitution, bringing on defender Josh Heseltine. Bridlington also made changes; Jake Day being one of three  coming off.

Brid continued to press the Walkington goal, but Walkington again responded well with some attractive football .

More substitutions followed for Walkington, with Lee Bullman  coming on  and showing a good work rate in the midfield, followed by Oli Burns  late on. It was a more even contest but there were two more goals for the home side before the referee called time.

It was a good game throughout and, despite what the scoreline says, a  creditable performance by AFC Walkington and one they can take many positives from.

Walkington return to Humber Premier League action away to Hornsea Town on November 18th.