Relief for Walsden as pushed-forward Marrow grabs an equaliser

Jonny Sutcliffe could return on Saturday
Jonny Sutcliffe could return on Saturday

Walsden C & FC lost a little ground in their Rochdale Online Alliance title quest last Saturday when they drew 3-3 away to fellow contenders Fothergill and Whittles.

They were grateful to a late goal from Paul Marrow for salvaging a point but boss Daniel Howley thought it was deserved.

“They looked the better side but we had the better chances,” he said.

Danny Brown gave Walsden the lead with a great strike after 20 minutes at Whittle Park.

The hosts, who have also lost only two league games this season, drew level a minute before half time and then took the lead.

Brown picked up a through ball and fired it under the ‘keeper for 2-2.

Fothergill looked to have struck the decisive blow 10 minutes from time but Marrow was pushed forward from defence and chipped the ‘keeper for the equaliser.

Marrow said Gary Brierley and Josh Gale had both failed to convert one-on-one chances while a Harry Whitehead effort had been pushed onto the bar.

Walsden travel to play fifth-placed Falcon on Saturday at Littleborough Sports Centre and will hope to have Jonny Sutcliffe and Stevie Barker back in their ranks.

Falcon suffered a shock 5-4 reverse at home to Balderstone, who had lost their previous nine league games this season, last weekend.

White Lion won 4-2 away to Rochdale Asia to go top, but Woodbank have dropped the fewest points.

Woodhouse United lost 5-2 away to Talbot Head in the J Williams Trophy last Sunday and revert to Rochdale Sunday League action at home to Crompton this weekend.