Lights out not such bad thing
A MIXED blessing was how this abandonment could be described from Liam Collin’s viewpoint. The Stags boss reckoned his team may have got something out of this game had the lights not gone out but with his men trailing, he was happy to accept a re-match. “If I was them I’d be fuming to be honest,” admitted Collins. “But we were camped in their half as they were down to 10 men and I think we could have snatched a point even though taking all three would have been a big ask.” In Collin’s words, Casuals were woeful and although they had done everything right in recent games, it all went wrong here. “We didn’t win the first ball, didn’t get near the second ball, didn’t shut down and we showed slack marking for their first goal,” he added. In fact the hosts were 2-0 down in 12 minutes through Sam Hasler and Ben Brown and the half got worse for the hosts who lost Akin Abiola-Daramola and Billy Dunn through injury. Dunn’s replacement Scott Day made an immediate impact a minute after coming on though, cutting in from the left as half time approached to set up Luke Medley who curled in a beauty from the edge of the box. Herne Bay were reduced to 10 men five minutes after half time when striker Dan Parkinson received a second yellow card for kicking the ball away. The visitors tired after that and Collins was hopeful his men – with Gabriel Odunaike back in the line-up – would snatch a result, before fate intervened late on.
Ryman Division 1 South Walton Casuals 1 Herne Bay 2 (abandoned after 84 minutes, floodlight failure)
Room for improvement: Boss Tony Reid would love
to make Walton & Hersham more consistent.