Walkden Shines in Rugby and Football

Its success for Year 7 and Year 9

Year 7 Football 

B team boys make it two from two with gutsy performance... 

On Tuesday, our Year 7 B team travelled to Irlam to play their second group game in the Salford Schools’ League. On a wet and windy afternoon, the boys started brightly and enjoyed a large share of possession in the opening 10 minutes. Their pressure was rewarded when Paul Viller capitalised on a defensive mistake to open the scoring with a low drive into the bottom corner. Further chances followed, but Walkden were unable to extend their lead. Irlam had chances of their own but were limited to long range efforts. In the second half, the boys started slowly as the hosts pressed forward and Femi Adesanya had to be alert to deny an equaliser. Walkden raised their game and Jake Bushby was denied by the post as his close range effort rebounded off the woodwork. Irlam then found an equaliser when a close range effort was bundled over the line. Back came Walkden and we found a 2nd goal when Oliver Gaskill hit a wonderful free kick into the top corner. In the closing minutes, Bushby was not to be denied when Viller’s cross from the left was turned in at the back post to make it 3-1. This was an excellent performance from the boys, who now top Group D and have the chance to qualify for the Cup Quarter Finals with a win in their next game against Salford City Academy. 

Team: Femi Adesanya, Bradley Woods, Ben Anderton, Dominic Eastwood, Nathan Rannicar, Sam Edge, Paul Viller, Liam Spinks, Jake Bushby, Oliver Gaskill, Louis Quinn, Alex Stake. 

Year 9 Football

Skinner at the double to seal second round tie... 

Last Wednesday, the Year 9 Football team made the trip down the M62 to face North Liverpool Academy in the 1st round of the English Schools’ Cup. In the shadow of the famous Anfield Stadium, the boys were inspired by the surroundings to put in an impressive performance. The hosts started well and created early chances but couldn’t find the target as Walkden were limited to scraps on the break. However, with 15mins gone, Luke Howarth’s break and cross from the right wing was headed home at the back post by Tom Morris to make it 1-0. Walkden doubled their lead 10 minutes later when Aaron Skinner’s corner was met by Morris who headed home at the back post. With a 2-0 advantage at the break, the boys knew the next goal was crucial, and it arrived midway through the second half. A training ground free kick routine saw Pascal Kpohomouh play in Aaron Skinner who poked the ball from inside the area to make it 3-0. Skinner was then on hand to deliver a fourth when his mazy run and finish found the roof of the net to make it 4-0. With the home side looking deflated, Walkden played out the remaining minutes to secure a comfortable victory and a place in Round 2 where they will travel to Broughton High School from Preston next Wednesday 14th October. 


Brody Howell-Partington, Daniel Gavaghan, James Howarth, Pascal Kpohomouh, Liam Thornton, Aaron Skinner, Adam Hall, James Lindsay, Oliver Heron, Tom Morris, Luke Howarth, Josh Waring, Ben Barlow, Daniel Stone, Liam Mullen.  

Year 9 Rugby 

Eight try blitz seals third successive win... 

On Thursday, our Year 9 Rugby team welcomed Buile Hill to Old Clough Lane for their third Salford Schools’ league encounter. On a sunny evening, Walkden played some expansive rugby in the opening minutes to take an early lead when Harry Watson crossed after good work by Daniel Stone. Stone added the conversion for a 6-0 lead. A second try arrived when Tom Rawding found himself on an overlap and his close range effort took the advantage to 12-0. The boys were left frustrated as a number of handling errors cost the chance of further scores as the half drew to a close. Into the second half and Walkden crossed for a third try when Ben Gore found a gap in the defensive line to register his seventh try of the year, 16-0. William Toone was next to benefit from great interplay to score a fourth try as Stone’s conversion took the lead to 22-0. Buile added a score of their own before Rawding crashed over from close range and Watson scored his second of the game to make the score 34-4. With the visitors’ struggling to mount any attacks through Walkden’s strong defence, Tom Morris added the seventh try of the game when he touched down from close range and then Toone broke clear to register his second, and Walkden’s eighth try of the night, 44-4. Three wins from three, and top spot in Division 1, the boys will seal their place in a second successive Championship Final with a win against Harrop Fold next Thursday. 


Harry Watson, Luke Blair, Callum Brady, Ben Gore, Alex Park, Tom Morris, Daniel Stone, Tom Rawding, William Toone, Max Mulligan, Jay Christey, Brody Howell-Partington. 

Mr A Tobutt 

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