WALKER HAPPY WITH GAME TIME AT STONES

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By JON BATHAM tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @el­lis_red

FUL­HAM young­ster Josh Walker will hope for more game-time at Weald­stone this week af­ter ad­mit­ting his fu­ture lies away from Craven Cot­tage.

The 19-year-old striker, on a month’s loan at Grosvenor Vale, scored on his de­but for the Stones against Ox­ford but was an un­used sub­sti­tute in Satur­day’s 1-0 win at Con­fer­ence South base­ment boys Mar­gate.

Warm­ing the dugout is ex­actly what the first-year pro doesn’t want, hav­ing been told he won’t be of­fered an­other con­tract when his deal ex­pires in the sum­mer.

“We have had meet­ings re­cently with the academy man­ager at Ful­ham and that is what they have in­di­cated,” said Walker, “so I’ll prob­a­bly move on, hope­fully to an­other Cham­pi­onship or League One club.”

Walker’s time with Weald­stone has con­se­quently be­come a shop win­dow where suit­ors can try be­fore they buy.

The young­ster be­lieves goals need to be his cur­rency if an­other pro club is go­ing to take a punt on his tal­ents.

“I need to fo­cus on get­ting on the shoul­der of the last man, run­ning off him and scor­ing goals – a lot of goals,” he added. “That is what Gor­don [Bartlett, Weald­stone man­ager] has been say­ing to me be­cause he be­lieves I’m a goal threat.”

In Walker’s ab­sence on Satur­day it was fel­low loan sign­ing – from League Two side Craw­ley – Aryan Ta­jbakhsh who got the vi­tal goal at Harts­down Park.

Both play­ers would have hoped to fea­ture in last night’s (Tues­day) Mid­dle­sex Se­nior Cup tie with neigh­bours Hen­don and there are chances to im­press in away trips to Welling on Satur­day and St Al­bans on Tues­day.

Mean­while, Hayes & Yead­ing’s rel­e­ga­tion fears deep­ened af­ter suc­ces­sive home de­feats in the South­ern Premier, their lat­est set- back a 1-0 de­feat to Kings Lynn on Satur­day which leaves United sec­ond from bot­tom and four points from safety ahead of Satur­day’s trip to Wey­mouth.

In Di­vi­sion One South, a Myles Stephen­son dou­ble earned North­wood a 2-2 draw at Kemp­ston Rovers, but Uxbridge lost 2-0 at home to Ash­ford Town (Middx) and AFC Hayes lost 4-1 at Farnham Town in the Com­bined Coun­ties Premier.

In Spar­tan South Mid­lands One, two goals from Aaron McLeish and one each from Cris­tian Bar­rett, Steve Green and Harry McCorkell saw Hare­field United ham­mer Winslow United 5-0, while Hilling­don Bor­ough edged past Bed­ford 3-2.

Come and get me: Josh Walker

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