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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Under-strength Nags Head overpowered by Walkabout

Walkabout 5 Nags Head 0: For most of the first half Third Division strugglers Nags Head – with several players missing – tried hard to get into the game with Walkabout’s keeper having little to do.

Sunday football photo
Carl Postlethwaite followed by Walkabout’s Rob Wharmby

Walkabout held a vice-like grip in midfield thanks especially to Martin Carr who was always in the thick of things.

He should have scored early on following a fine cross by Will Osbourne but his kick blazed high over the bar.

Shortly afterwards Lee Davidson’s long range effort sailed over the top then Carr cleverly played in Andrew French who was foiled by Ashley Wilson’s last-ditch tackle.

Walkabout finally went ahead in the 15th minute as Carr carved out an opening down the right and the unmarked Rob Wharmby powered a header into the net.

They had a great opportunity to double their score five minutes later when French was brought down in the box and pulled himself up to take the penalty, only to see his shot saved by young keeper Kyle Preston.

Play immediately switched to the other end where Kevin Wilson had the first real chance for Nags Head after controlling a superb pass from Dan Kerr but with only the keeper to beat fired wide of the mark from close in.

Walkabout quickly countered and keeper Preston did well to parry Davidson’s piledriver and French hit the rebound over the bar.

Their pressure was rewarded with two goals in the space of four minutes both from right wing crosses.

The first evaded everyone in a crowded area apart from Craig Winter who made no mistake with his header at the back post.

The second found Wharmby who headed well wide of the keeper to give his side a 3-0 advantage at the break.

Walkabout continued to press in the second period as Carr’s well struck free-kick was pushed over by the keeper and French set up Martin Robbins who fired wide of the upright.

Davidson headed in Walkabout’s fourth, again from a right wing cross just on the hour.

Head’s Wilson responded with a fine run and pinpoint cross to Carl Postlethwaite but he failed to find the target.

Preston did brilliantly to get down to Carr’s piledriver and this was followed by Adrian Hodgson setting up Osbourne who cleverly evaded two defenders but scuffed his shot at the vital moment.

Then Kevin Clark worked his way through only to be prevented from scoring by another strong tackle by Wilson who later raced through on goal in a rare counter-attack only to be foiled by keeper Mike Broome’s daring block at his feet.

Nags Head produced stern defending in the final quarter but conceded a fifth, Carr finding the target with a fantastic volley from 40 yards with seven minutes left.

In the only other Third Division game to beat the weather Lloyds fell 6-0 at home to Howard FC.

A below strength Howard Rangers faced holders Portland in the third round of the County Cup and found themselves 2-0 down after five minutes through Stuart Bell and Ryan Errington.

By half time Bell and Jamie Law’s own goal made it 4-0.

Portland remained in control forcing keeper Nathan Gillies into a string of top-quality saves but he was unable to prevent Bell completing his hat-trick, Sean Bannon’s super volley into the top corner and Rob Prince’s well struck long range effort to make the final score 7-0.

Royal Scot secured their place in the next round with a 4-2 success over Thompsons FC while Beehive knocked out UMI Exiles 2-1 and Dalston Old Boys fell 3-1 at Unisun Athletic ‘A’ to strikes by Kevin Campbell (2) and Jack Thornhill.

A cracking tie between St Nicholas Arms and Harraby Inn ended 2-0 in the former’s favour.

St Nichs’ keeper Neil McBrearty saved well from Dan Jeffrey and Dan Rayson to keep Harraby at bay then Dan Palmer put St Nich in front at the turn.

It was not Harraby’s day having strong appeals for a penalty waved away then conceding a suspiciously offside goal by Chris Grainger.

Ties at Brampton, DHCC and Parkland were postponed because of waterlogged pitches.

In the Premier Division Milbourne Arms returned from Dalston 4-3 winners.

Andrew Donnelly and Jamie Heath netted two apiece while John McBride (2) and Dougal Anderson scored for the hosts.

Moorhouse sank Longtown 6-2 in a Second Division encounter.

Their marksmen were Dan Gardner (3), Andy Plunkett, Jay Brown and Martin Shepherd.

Joe Boguszynski and Johnny Templeton replied for the losers.

In the Fourth Division, efforts by Myles Ferraro (3), David Bragg (2) and Alex Rudd enabled Ship Inn to overcome Border Reiver 6-2.

Taylor Bushby netted both for the losers.

Club Victoria sank Coach & Horses 4-3 after being 3-1 down at the halfway stage. Their marksmen were Dave Steele (2), Mike Dobson and Ryan Pearson.

Eight league games were also victims of waterlogged pitches bringing the total matches lost so far to 50.

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