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As second halves go, few will see more goals in 45 minutes than the EIGHT that flew in during the Ryman League Division One South fixture between Walton Casuals and East Grinstead Town on Saturday.

Grinstead ran out 7-3 winners in this 10-goal game that produced one of the most incredible goal gluts.

Travis Gregory and Tom Cadman both bagged braces for the visiting Wasps on the Stags’ 3G pitch with Alex Gaggin, Jason Davis and Marcus Elliot all getting in on the act too.

The manic second half began with three goals in four minutes as Grinstead, already leading 2-0 at the break, added a third before Casuals pulled one back to make it 3-1 two minutes later only to then instantly concede a fourth.

Then came another crazy period of three goals in six minutes, as Walton netted for 4-2 before conceding minutes later and then scoring another to bring the score to 5-3.

Grinstead eventually secured the win with two late goals in another three-minute whirlwind to dent Casuals’ play-off hopes.

Wasps boss Matt Longhurst said: “That was a pleasing win and a very good performance. I thought, the surface suited us and gave our players the chance to showcase what they can do and how bright the future could be with this group.

“The disappointing thing was to concede three goals.

“Walton are one of the best teams in the league and their home record is only second to Tooting & Mitcham so to go there and do what we did to them was excellent.

“Some of our football and goals were brilliant and we could have scored more. We changed the system and started with no less than eight teenagers with no one aged over 23.”

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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