Plain sailing for Steve as Walsden cut loose

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New Walsden C & FC boss Steve Sale could hardly have hoped for a better first day on the touchline last Saturday - a thumping 8-2 away win and news of a three-point bonus.

Todmorden-based Sale witnessed the recently-formed side’s second win in seven matches in the Rochdale Online Alliance away to Westdene at Redvales.

Walsden also learned from the referee, a league official, that they are to be awarded the points from the opening day defeat by Sacred Heart.

The visitors lost 3-2 but Heart’s late winner was scored by an ineligible player.

If the league table is adjusted before Saturday - when Walsden are without a game - they will shoot up to fourth in the Premier Division table.

Sale, who has been in charge at training but unable to attend the previous Saturday, has been quick to make a mark.

He opted for a more attacking 4-3-3 formation and took the captaincy off Danny Brown, ordering the striker to concentrate on scoring.

The talented Brown did just that with a hat-trick, his first two helping Walsden roar into a 3-0 interval lead. Nathan Dennett, one of the extra frontrunners, scored the visitors’ second goal.

Westdene got a goal back but Walsden reasserted themselves, aided by the dismissal of a home player following a bad foul on Cameron Hanson.

David Fielding got two goals and Joe Gale and Brown the others with Westdene getting a second before the end.

Sale, an ex-Stockport County and Southport midfielder or right-sided player, was encouraged.

“The players carried out my instructions to the letter,” he said. “Some of the players are reluctant to train at the moment but the side has great potential.”

Sale said Brown, central defensive duo Paul Marrow (the new captain) and Lee Baxter, and central midfielder James Rawlinson had particularly impressed him.

Sale said his aim had always been to win every game but staying in the top flight and possibly gaining a top six place was a realistic aim.