Wallington defy late fightback
Published at 07:36, Wednesday, 25 September 2013
WALLINGTON survived a late scare to book their place in the quarter finals of the Challenge Cup.
Leading Wallsend Town by three goals with less than 20 minutes to go, a late lapse allowed their hosts to claw their way back into the tie.
But the Greens from Scots Gap managed to hold on to their lead and progress courtesy of a 3-2 victory.
An assertive start from The Greens saw them twice go close in the opening 10 minutes, Jordan Nellis dragging his shot across goal moments before Sam Walton replicated the miss.
The latter made amends though with his wicked free kick into the near post that was touched home by defender Justin Millican for his second goal in as many games.
Wallsend rallied after this setback and created a few openings but the final execution never posed any serious threat to Matty Lees’ goal.
Having annoyed his teammates for 45 minutes by being constantly offside, striker John Paxton offered the olive branch to his colleagues after the break when he timed his run to perfection to run onto Chris Moffitt’s pass and then roll the ball home for his fifth of the campaign.
Wallsend were struggling to keep a lid on their temper and they lost their way for a 15 minute spell.
Their frustrations were compounded when it was judged a defender handled Paxton’s effort in the area, Walton confidently tucking away the resultant penalty to all but secure their place in the next round.
This looked even more likely when the home side were reduced to 10 men in the aftermath of the spot kick. Wallington then threw on 16-year-olds Dan Pattison and Mitch Gray as they retreated into a comfort zone, but they should have known such a place does not exist at Wallsend.
The home side did not give up despite working with the handicap of 10 men, and their switch to three men up front brought them back in it with two late goals.
However, a resilient Wallington battled just as hard to ensure that it was their name in the hat along seven other divisional rivals.
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk
This week in... 1950Friday, December 15, 1950....
THREE watercolour paintings donated by Queen Mary were auctioned off to raise money for a new Darby and Joan club in Hexham.
A site had already been bought, but a further £6,000 was needed to run the club for the elderly.
The auction, opened by Viscountess Allendale, saw the paintings raise over £8 for the fund.