Shackleton dives to rescue for Walsden

Jamie Shackleton
Jamie Shackleton

Walsden C & FC were grateful to ‘keeper Jamie Shackleton for a last-minute penalty save as they drew 1-1 against White Lion in the Rochdale Online Alliance.

Shackleton dived to his left to stop a poorish spot kick against opponents Walsden had beaten 5-3 away the previous Saturday.

The match was played at Firgrove, Milnrow, with Walsden still to find a home pitch for this season, and boss Dan Howley said it has been a very different game to the one seven days earlier.

“It was a much smaller pitch so the game was more of a battle with little football,” he said.

Referring to Shackleton’s timely penalty save he said: “The result could have been worse but we should have been out of sight by then.

“We were the better team and had the better chances.”

The Premier Division contest was goalless for 65 minutes, Joe Gale hitting the bar and Paul Marrow missing a couple of good opportunities.

White Lion started the second half the better and took the lead midway through it with a shot into the bottom corner after a quick break.

Walsden drew level 10 minutes later when Gale won a penalty and Danny Brown scored. White Lion had a player yellow carded and he was then sent off when he continued to protest.

Howley said it had been one-way traffic in the closing stages and Walsden had missed five or six good chances before Matthew Town had handled the ball and Shackleton had preserved their point.

Walsden are without a game this Saturday.

Rochdale Sunday League side Woodhouse United return to action this weekend away to Lighthouse.