Walsden pay the price for slow start

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Walsden C & FC boss Dan Howley will combine a change in formation with a demand for a better start when his side host Falcon on Saturday.

Walsden returned to action after three weeks’ inactivity with a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Sudden in the top section of the Rochdale Online Alliance last weekend.

It was frustrating for the manager because Walsden didn’t get going until they were 2-0 down.

Howley said his men had bombarded Sudden for the last half hour but Joe Gale was only able to take one of the several chances.

It was Walsden’s first game on their new pitch at Kingsway and they will be hoping for better against Falcon, who lost 5-0 by White Lion in their latest game 12 days ago.

Howley said Walsden were likely to go to 4-4-2 for this weekend’s game after being caught out too much in the middle five days ago.

Walsden fielded a strong team but fell behind to a deflected shot in the first minute. Sudden added a fine second goal 10 minutes after the break and Walsden at last clicked into gear.

Danny Brown missed a one-on-one chance, Gale failed to square to an unmarked teammate and other opportunities were spurned before Gale scored a fine individual goal.

The Sudden ‘keeper made three or four good saves and Walsden hit a post late on as the visitors hung on.