It’s the gift of the Gab, at last
Ryman Division 1 South Redhill 0 Walton Casuals 1
GABRIEL ODUNAIKE finally hit the target to give Walton Casuals their first win of the season – a game too late as it turned out for departed boss Mark Hams. The striker was one of several to ring or text their outgoing boss following his exit, offering their support as well as apologies for putting him in a desperate situation with the club, having lost all nine league games prior to Saturday. Hams picked the side in his usual weekly meeting with directors 48 hours before they edged out struggling Redhill, which they may well have done with him in charge.
Such is the way in football that the players become inspired under new or temporary management. In the event it was the chairman and son partnership of Tony and Anthony Gale who were the recipients of the three points, the pair having taken over in a similar emergency situation two seasons ago when Danny Carroll left the club.
Ironically, it was Odunaike, marked out by many as a chief culprit in front of goal on so many occasions, who clipped the winner in the 31st minute although he spurned another couple of opportunities too. But Casuals rode their luck too, Redhill having a goal disallowed for offside in the final minute which allowed them to record their first win at the 12th attempt.
“It was a great win,” said Gayle junior. “The players’ application was excellent.”
Bonnett: Drove his side to victory by booting winner.
Winning strike: Gabriel