Loans pay off as Stags find feet at home
THREE strikes from their Maidenhead United loanees ensured a first home victory for Walton Casuals against East Grinstead Town.
Efforts from Luke Holness and Jack Battie went close with East Grinstead goalkeeper Oshane Brown looking nervous early on, but it was Josh Kelly who opened the scoring when his longrange strike looped over the visiting keeper.
His maidenhead counterpart Sean McCormack doubled the lead after seven minutes when Harry Mills did well to find the winger. McCormack cut in and fired his shot into the corner, out of the reach of Brown.
Town’s Marcus Elliott was unable to hit the target when faced with an open goal, and the defensive pairing of Max Hustwick and Joe Hicks ensured chances were few for the visitors.
A back-heeled pass from McCormack came close to adding a third but Kelly was unable to add to his tally. Then a corner from Battie almost curled in at the back post as the Stags went into the break 2-0 up.
East Grinstead piled on the pressure in the second half as they looked to get back in the game, but Denzel Gerrar in the Casuals goal was as solid as a rock as he made several key saves.
McCormack added his second midway through the second half. Brown did well to parry an initial effort but could not prevent the loanee following up the rebound as Walton Casuals returned to the top of the league.
Walton Casuals players celebrate scoring against East Grinstead Town on Saturday in The Stags’ first match at their new stadium