First Team Star
Dec 6, 2017, 7:24 AM
....And as mentioned by Windy, also at the Elmbridge Sports Hub for Walton Casuals 3 v 0 Sittingbourne. Was a little concerned, whilst sitting in what is a very spacious and comfortable stand, that a booming voice said that 'Oi! you are sitting in my seat' only to find Darenth Valley's finest 'Dilligaf' who had not been seen for years and au naturale that the cud was well and truly chewed.
I did like the new ground, with excellent sight lines from the stand. Perhaps the lack of alternative cover is a small but not insurmountable problem, though what is of concern is that the arrival back in Walton has not in any way led to any renewed interest in the hosts. Miserly turnout of 85 included perhaps 25 or so from the visitors including the usual noisy failed Swale choristers positioned behind the goal and take away the likes of those ticking/visiting the ground and you have a home support of a very low level for their current level.
As a contest, it was reasonable enough with two teams in similar positions just outside the Play Off area, with plenty of Isthmian League bluster and half chances during a fairly well balanced first half. Noticed early on that Lartey Sarpong for the hosts was finding some good positions, but he was thwarted by a couple of decent saves from Carey guarding the Sittingbourne goal. Similar at the other end with the visitors periodically finding space but unable to capitalise, though they went close when Cornwall's audacious half volley from distance was not too far away from the angle. Half time arrived and that ol' concern of the long awaited visit from Famile de Nuls (91 and counting since July 17) was surely not misplaced.
The fears though were duly banished as whilst the visitors continued to huff n' puff around the penalty area to no great effect, Walton Casuals managed to locate the direction of the net. Opener from Sarpong touching in a rebound as Bamba's drive bounced off of Carey, followed by a easy finish for Olusanya touching in at the back post Bamba's impressive cross box delivery and to conclude Olusanya burst through the visiting defence and Sartong took over to dispatch straight past Carey. Probably not a three goal margin sort of game, but the hosts knew where the goal was and the visitors failed to take the opportunities that they created.
Time does not make the distance from Walton Station to Waterside Drive any nearer and it is still a 40 minute schlep in either direction. Relatively easy journey back until the recesses of the mind reminded no late night C2C services from West Ham. Led to a nearly half hour wait in the midnight environs of Barking Station and arrival back at the abode was well into Wednesday.....
(This post was edited by timmy tabby on Dec 6, 2017, 7:45 AM)