Win­ning Row suf­fer Hicks blow

The Non-League Football Paper - - SOUTHERN PREMIER SOUTH - By Mark Mur­phy

WAL­TON Ca­su­als were beaten by Hart­ley Wintney and also lost skip­per Joe Hicks, who broke his leg in an early chal­lenge.

Hicks was in­jured dur­ing the build-up to the vis­i­tors’ open­ing goal, which ar­rived on five min­utes when Mitchell Parker fired a low left-footed shot into the bot­tom cor­ner past Ca­su­als keeper Den­zel Ger­rar.

Hicks was stretchered off af­ter the goal but his team­mates were inspired to take some con­trol of the match and nearly equalised in the 21st minute, Ry­heem Sheck­le­ford’s pin­point ac­cu­rate through ball set­ting up James Ewing­ton, whose shot was palmed be­hind by the vis­i­tors keeper Sa­muel Ma­son.

Later, Ewing­ton came closer still when he hit the post af­ter Ma­son got the slight­est of touches to the striker’s ef­fort.

Ma­son de­nied Ewing­ton again on 64 min­utes and this proved to be the game’s piv­otal mo­ment as Wintney dou­bled their ad­van­tage within a minute, Gal­hin Abubalkar drilling his shot through Ger­rar at the keeper’s near post.

Ca­su­als grabbed a life­line three min­utes later when Dan Ben­nett net­ted a su­perb cross from the left by Hicks’ re­place­ment Ky­ron Far­rell but they were un­able to fash­ion an equaliser. STAR MAN: Sa­muel Ma­son (Wal­ton) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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