Gary Middleton’s frown of disappointment in recent weeks disappeared on Sunday and was replaced by a broad smile after his side had come back from a goal behind to win 2-1 against Albion Sports in their FA Cup preliminary round tie in Bradford.
Middleton said: “We knew it wasn’t going to be easy and we sent out a team to make it difficult for them.
“With our current form where we had been leaking a lot of goals we ideally didn’t want to concede especially early doors, so for 44 minutes I thought we played ever so well.
“The game was probably panning out as we had wanted; the players did what we asked of them and so naturally we were bitterly disappointed to come in at half-time a goal down.”
Middleton applauded Walton’s double strike.
“We had a couple of injury doubts at the start of the second half,” he added.
“Kyle Downey has come through, though, and we have put the young lad Shaun Gibson on the left hand side of midfield.
“Obviously with half an hour to go and still being 1-0 down, we’ve put Marc (Walton) on and with his first touch he has hit the back of the net, which is what we are looking for him to do.
“It was an exquisite finish, then for his second he got a goal when there seemed to be nothing on to be fair.”
Middleton was also delighted with Gibson and youngster Kieran Egen, but defenders Richard Flynn and James Taylor also came in for special mention.
“After the second goal I just thought the character of everyone for the last half hour is something which I can’t recall seeing so far this season,” he said.
“Players were flying in front of shots and it was a terrific second half performance from everyone who took part.
“I thought over the 90 minutes we deserved to win and the two young lads who came on (Shaun Gibson and Kieran Egen) have done superbly for us.
“But for me you cannot get away from the two centre halves, Richard Flynn and James Taylor, who were absolutely outstanding.
“Overall it’s great to be in the next round and even more so because coming to places like Albion Sports and getting a positive result is certainly not an easy task.”