Des’ boy is no chip off the old block

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Thomas Han­nah

IN 809 games, Des Walker scored one goal. It took his son one game at Steve­nage to dou­ble the tally of his il­lus­tri­ous fa­ther.

Des was an Eng­land de­fender of some class. Tyler, on loan from Not­ting­ham For­est, scored two for Boro as they thumped hap­less Hartle­pool.

“Tyler had some de­but, he was ex­cel­lent,’’ purred Boro boss Dar­ren Sarll.

“He’s only trained twice with us and we’ve al­ready seen what he is. His pace and move­ment be­hind de­fend­ers was out­stand­ing, a threat all game. It’s ex­cep­tional for him.’’

Walker ran the Hartle­pool de­fence ragged with his move­ment and fully de­served his goals and the praise.

Pools took the lead on four min­utes, Nathan Thomas net­ting from close range. That was as good as it got for the vis­i­tors though.

Af­ter go­ing close, Boro lev­elled when a low Ron­nie Henry cross was turned in by Tom Pett from close range.

Walker curled wide be­fore a deep cor­ner was knocked back into the six-yard area and, with his back to goal, he took off to vol­ley in.

Pools could have lev­elled, but Thomas scuffed wide and they paid the price with a sec­ond-half hum­bling.

A cor­ner to the far post on 53 min­utes was turned in by Dean Wells at the sec­ond at­tempt. Four min­utes later and num­ber four ar­rived. From a break down the left side An­drew Fox cut through Pools and Walker con­fi­dently rolled in his sec­ond.

Num­ber five came from the spot, Michael Tonge mak­ing no mis­take af­ter be­ing man­han­dled by Carl Mag­nay.

Walker should have had a hat-trick, but rolled his shot into keeper Adam Bartlett from 20 yards.

But Boro didn’t have to wait long for, on 77 min­utes, Bartlett raced off his line but missed out to Matt God­den, who headed into an empty net.

Sarll added: “We got six and could have got more. We were a real threat on set-pieces all game.

“We made some tac­ti­cal changes in the first half to win the game and Tom Pett was mag­nif­i­cent.’’

Pools boss Craig Hignett ad­mit­ted: “It was painful. That team was un­recog­nis­able and we have had words in the dress­ing room.

“We are un­der no il­lu­sions here – it’s up to me to put it right and do bet­ter.

“Ev­ery bit of stick I and the play­ers get is de­served. I’m go­ing to apol­o­gise for the per­for­mance which was more than in­ept.

“It was em­bar­rass­ing to watch at times. It was the worst 45 min­utes I’ve seen in my life.’’


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