Wide-margin winners’ new home venue

Walsden soccer team. Gary Brerley.
Walsden soccer team. Gary Brerley.

Firgrove has been confirmed as Walsden C & FC’s home venue for the rest of the 2015-2016 season.

The Rochdale Online Alliance side, whose Scott Street pitch has been ruined by heavy machinery used to clear Walsden Water of stones in the wake of the floods, will host second-placed Falcon at the council facility this weekend.

They will go into the contest in fine fettle, having thumped Sudden 12-0 away last Saturday

Club secretary Kenny Gale said Rochdale Council had agreed to let Walsden have a pitch which they had intended not to use this season. The posts were being put up this week.

Walsden will be getting a rebate from Calderdale Council but will still be out of pocket overall on ground rent, as well as losing bar takings at the cricket club for the remainder of the football season.

Gale is relieved to have the ground problem solved and will be holding a fund raising event at the club on Saturday, February 13 to help balance the books.

The band “Contact” will be playing and admission will be £5. There will also be a raffle.

Meanwhile, Walsden made the most of having Burnley United pair Oliver Wood and Chris Kay available against Sudden, who are struggling after having two teams last season.

Walsden beat them in the Premier Division earlier in the season and Sudden also forfeited a cup tie between the pair.

The cracks in their morale became apparent as Walsden piled up the goals, getting seven in the first half.

Wood is always going to score plenty at this level.

He bagged four and there were braces for Joe Gale and Gary Brierley.

Josh Gale was among the other scorers and missed a first half penalty, his poor effort being comfortably saved.

Walsden ‘keeper Pete Goldsmith had little to do with Kay, playing at centre half in the absence of the working Cameron Hanson, helped to snuff out what little threat Sudden provided.

Gale said: “It could have been 20 - we missed a lot of chances.

“But it was still a decent work-out considering we had not played for a while.”

Sudden’s cause was not helped by injuries which meant they had to keep changing their line-up and formation.

The win was only Walsden’s third in seven league outings this season and lifts them to fourth.

Falcon are sure to provide a much tougher challenge this weekend.

The Littleborough side didn’t play last Saturday but have won four out of six in the top flight this term.