Loans pay off as Stags find feet at home

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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

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