Walton Casuals 2-2 Hythe Town

Bostik League South Division

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Walton Casuals

Draw

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Hythe Town

Draw

21 October 2017 | 3:00 pm
Elmbridge Xcel Sports Hub
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Recap

Former Stag Jerson Dos Santos grabbed an important equaliser on his first return to the club, but Mohamed Abukar’s goal became the talking point of a four-goal encounter.

Hythe took the lead inside the first minute through Kieron Campbell, but top scorer Josh Kelly ensured the two sides went into the break even with his 45th-minute strike.

Abukar then put the Casuals in command with a blistering strike from outside the box three minutes after the restart, before Dos Santos beat goalkeeper Denzel Gerrar midway through the half.

Hythe impressed early on and required just 15 seconds to open the scoring. A surging run from Campbell allowed him to find the net from inside the box and immediately put the pressure on the hosts.

Town pressed for a second and it took Walton a quarter of an hour to get into the game – Abukar’s 25-yard free-kick the first chance the hosts could create.

A long-range attempt from Jack Battie later sailed over the bar, and suddenly the Stags looked likelier to score with several shots on target. Harry Mills, Kelly and Sean McCormack all had opportunities to fire past Will Godmon.

And Kelly made sure they were rewarded for the pressure in the closing stages of the first half. After having a shot parried by Godmon, he made no mistake in planting the rebound past the goalkeeper.

With the wind at their backs, it was the Casuals who this time enjoyed a perfect start to the half. After a defensive mishap resulting from a corner, the ball fell to Abukar outside the box. The 19-year-old, making only his second start for the club, smashed the ball into the top corner past a helpless Godmon – a strike tipped by many as a potential ‘Goal of the Season’ contender.

Kelly almost made it three soon after when his shot was deflected wide, and Hythe were forced to press for an equaliser. Link-up play between Dos Santos and Dean Grant almost carved an opportunity, while Campbell slammed an effort wide looking for his second.

A quick counter-attack from the hosts ended with Godmon producing another fine save to deny McCormack from inside the penalty box.

With twenty minutes remaining, Hythe finally found the equaliser they had so desperately wanted in the battle of seventh versus eighth. A break from Dos Santos allowed Grant to have an attempt on goal, before following up to tap the rebound in.

Both sides had a handful of chances in the final minutes of the game, but neither points nor goal difference can separate the two sides after 14 games.

Walton Casuals: Denzel Gerrar, Harry Mills, Dominic Ogun, Mohamed Abukar, Max Hustwick, Joe Hicks, Jack Battie (Michael Phillip-Ogbuogu 82), Daryl Coleman, Josh Kelly, Luke Holness, Sean McCormack.

Subs Not Used: Stuart Baldwin, Alfie Taylor, Fraser Trigwell.

Hythe Town: Will Godmon, Jerald Aboagye, Ryan Palmer, Ryan Johnson, Mitchell Dickenson, Jordan Johnson-Palmer (Mitchell Chapman 90), Dave Cook, Charlie Webster, Dean Grant, Jerson Dos Santos (Sid Sollis 79), Kieron Campbell.

Subs Not Used: Ben Wilson, Louis Lawlor