Walton Casuals continued their 100% start to the season with an admirable 4-0 victory against Chipstead.
18-year-old Josh Kelly took his tally to three goals in two games with a first-half brace, either side of Lartey Sarpong’s first goal for the club. The performance was rounded off by a late strike from substitute Michael Phillip-Ogbuogu.
There was just one change from the side that beat Hythe Town, as Luke Holness came in for Roscoe Dsane. The midfielder settled in immediately and provided the assist for the first goal.
A dash across the final third led to the youngster, who spent pre-season with Stoke City, tackling several defenders before finding Kelly – who had no difficulty in beating Michael Sidley from the edge of the box.
Chipstead came close minutes later with Ollie Twum making a great run down the right wing, but Karl Parker could only blast the ball over the bar. The defensive partnership of Joe Hicks and Max Fitzgerald contained the Chips’ attacks during a tricky 10 minutes, before Hicks came close with a header narrowly off target.
Larpong doubled the Stags’ lead in the 36th minute, tapping the ball past keeper Michael Sibley from six yards after a cross into a crowded box. Sibley looked nervous in the following minutes, and was fortunate to beat Kelly to a one-on-one situation.
Kelly made no mistake in the final minutes of the half though, beating the offside trap by collecting the ball at the half-way line and knocking it under the former Wolverhampton Wanderers U18 keeper.
The visitors opted for three changes at the break to shake things up, but struggled to test Denzel Gerrar after the restart. The Maidenhead United loan duo of Kelly and Sean McCormack continued to prove dangerous and came close multiple times while linking up with Holness.
The introduction of Evander Lopes after the hour mark had Adam Allen struggling to keep up with his pace, although the visitors were unfortunate with Karl Parker hitting the woodwork and narrowly missing the target within a minute.
Lopes soon forced a good save from Sibley from the edge of the box after substitute Michael Phillip-Ogbuogu left the defenders to chase shadows. The former Leyton Orient striker’s pace soon proved too much for ex-Stag Dominic Ogun, as he beat the defender and found the bottom corner with a sweet strike.
A clash of heads between Sibley and Phillip-Ogbuogu halted play briefly in the closing stages, but the Stags comfortably saw out three points to continue their perfect record to the Bostik South Division season.
Walton Casuals: Denzel Gerrar, Harry Mills, Dujon Desagurante, Alex Kelly, Max Fitzgerald, Joe Hicks, Sean McCormack, Daryl Coleman, Josh Kelly (Michael Phillip-Ogbuogu 74), Lartey Sarpong (Jack Battie 80), Luke Holness (Evander Lopes 63).
Subs Not Used: Samuel Labinjo, Alfie Taylor.
Goals: Josh Kelly (21, 45), Lartey Sarpong (34), Michael Phillip-Ogbuogu (79)
Chipstead: Michael Sibley, Callum Maclean (Taylor Woodcraft 45), Conal O’Leary, Liam Harwood, Dominic Ogun, Adam Allen, Ollie Twum, Dan Cumber (Chris O’Flaherty 45), Karl Parker, Jeremy Boakye, Leon Lalor-Dell (Keanu Williams 45).
Subs Not Used: Matthew Warren, Tobi Adaje.