Wilton stars as North Walsham hit double figures


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North Walsham entertained Loddon in their penultimate game of the season looking to avenge a recent defeat in the reverse fixture, and did so in style as they hit double figures.

Walsham were at it from the off, with Matty Downing and Dale Wilton revelling in their attacking partnership and causing the Loddon defenders all sorts of problems.

The hosts created plenty of chances before finally going ahead in the 31st minute when Liam Clarke headed home from a Wilton cross. Two minutes later Walsham doubled their lead when Downing went on a run, beat his defender and fired home.

Wilton then slotted in Walsham's third, following a bursting run from David Harwood, before a Harwood pass again found Wilton, who fired in his second and Walsham's fourth of the game. Jake Munday then made a couple of good saves to keep it at 4-0.

After the break Matty Payne fired in from the edge of the area and Wilton then completed his hat-trick when he burst through to score. Connor Kerry then replace Harwood and within minutes was on the scoresheet after heading in Walsham's seventh. Two minutes later Wilton rounded the keeper for his fourth before being replaced to loud applause from the home crowd, with Tom Wylie coming on.

Sam Fitt then replaced Jordan to add fresh legs to the midfield and with the game now stretched Walsham saw several efforts denied from Kerry, Wylie and Downing, before a poor back-pass saw Loddon score a consolation goal. Clarke then made amends at the other end when his pass found Kerry, who scored his second of the game. Wylie then went on a run and crossed for Downing to score his second and Walsham's 10th and with minutes remaining Wylie thumped in from the edge of the box to complete the scoring.

This was a good team performance from the Angels, with most key players available, and this performance is the level expected moving forward. This was a hard way for Loddon to finish their season, and for their manager Rob Kelly to finish, but his players never stopped battling.

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Next year with these players continually committed, Walsham hope to be pushing on up the league.

A special mention goes to Sam Grady and Adam Johnson, who both played well in new positions.