23s put Walton in a spot of bother
By Gary Brigden
The 23's turned in an impressive performance when seeing off Walton Casuals on Wednesday night, although it could have been an even better result but for some excellent goalkeeping by the Casuals keeper.
We made two changes from the side that had beaten Cobham last time out, Marc Agou was back in the line up replacing Aaron Bogle, whilst Reece Payton dropped to the bench making was for Sam Blake to make his first start.
We started brightly, and in the opening minutes the Walton keeper was forced into a blinding save from an Agou header. Agou had initially started the move spraying the ball out to Alfie Carney who played a great ball into the area, where Agou thumped his header goalwards. On 15 minutes we took the lead, Dan Stone and Ben Senior played a neat one two inside the Walton area, and Stone was hauled down. Mason Seagroatt converted the spot kick for 1-0.
We continued to dominate, without further success until just shy of the half hour when Senior and Felipe Melgaco combined, leading to Melgaco being fouled in the area. Once again Seagroatt fired home from the spot.
Melgaco crashed a strike against the post from 25 yards before Josh Parratt and Agou were involved in an altercation in our half, leading to bookings for both our players.
Thirty-five seconds into the second half and it was 3-0. A long kick off was turned behind for a corner, Stone delivered a deep cross, Seagroatt headed back across goal and Blake headed home his first for the club from close range.
It was 4-0 on the hour when an awful challenge saw Melgaco fouled in the area, and his assailant dismissed. This time Seagroatt saw his spot kick well saved, but Alfie Carney was on hand to fire home the loose ball.
Boe Fowler replaced Melgaco, and on the hour it was 5-0, a ball out of the backline split the Walton left back and centre back, and Carney squared to Senior who tapped home. Senior then made way for Reece Payton.
Fowler made it 6-0 on 61 minutes, before we made a double change with Ryan Steadman-Hoyte and debutant Jacob Coulibaly. We continued to dominate, Coulibaly struck the post and bought another good saved out of the keeper when one on one, and Stone saw two shots well saved.
The scoring was completed in the last minute. Seagroatt found Payton with a delicate chip and Payton was hauled down in the area, allowing Seagroatt the opportunity of a hat-trick of spot kicks. This time the kick was true and we picked up a 7-0 win.