WALKER HAPPY WITH GAME TIME AT STONES
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