Wallington 4 Gateshead Rutherford 1 Northern Alliance, Premier Division
WALLINGTON continued their fine Autumn form as they elevated themselves to within two points of top spot in the league, writes Kyle Reardon.
A frustrating opening half-hour tested the patience of Steva Cowan’s men as the opposition’s number one was in his very own Tim Krul mode.
He denied Dan Thompson three times and John Paxton once in a frantic opening 20 minutes that saw waves and waves of Green attacks.
Nathan Williamson’s 20-yard curler came back off the bar and Paxton hit the post, but after surviving a rare well-worked attack from the visitors, Wallington scored two goals in two minutes.
First, on 37 minutes, a cleared corner came out to Alex Slack on the left and he floated over a high cross. The keeper lost the ball in the sun, allowing Justin Millican to nod home at the back post.
Then, following a wonderful team move, Thompson clinically converted from Paxton’s delightful pull-back.
Despite Rutherford temporarily reducing the arrears early in the second half, the result was never in doubt.
Within minutes, Paxton restored the two-goal lead when Thompson returned the favour of his strike partner’s early assist to chest down Millican’s long ball.
Paxton took a touch and rolled his shot across the keeper, which found the net via the inside of the post. It was the striker’s tenth goal in ten games this season, although he begins his ban on Saturday following last week’s sending-off.
After chasing down a through-ball, Paxton found Sam Walton on the edge of the box. He arrowed a shot into the bottom corner to make it 4-1.
It was almost five for Wallington in the last few minutes when substitute Ben Turnbull’s header from a delicious Slack cross hit the bar.