It’s the gift of the Gab, at last

Surrey Herald/News - - FOOTBALL -

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.”

Terry Hab­good EN145113

Bon­nett: Drove his side to vic­tory by boot­ing win­ner.

Win­ning strike: Gabriel

Odunaike.

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