JOE WALTON has been praised by manager Jonathan Rimmington after reaching a century of goals for Liversedge last weekend.
The striker scored in the fourth minute of their home match against Silsden to reach the 100 mark in only 165 appearances.
Walton is in his fifth season at the club and his achievement is made all the more remarkable by the fact that he played as a centre-back in his first year at Clayborn.
His move up front has certainly worked a treat for the club and Rimmington believes that Walton, who has already netted 10 goals this season, could play at a much higher level if he wanted to.
“I bet he would be playing Conference football if he really decided he wanted to do it,” said the Sedge boss.
“But he’s one of the lads. He’s a team player, he’s a lad who wants to play with his mates and wants to enjoy his football. He could go higher if he wanted to but he enjoys his football. He’s going to be a Sedge legend.
“There aren’t many lads like him who would stay around. Everybody loves Joe, he’s part of the furniture.
“He’s done well to score 100 goals in 165 appearances, and around 40 of them were at the back and eight or nine as sub, so really he’s nearly got (a rate of) one in one.”
Liversedge sit in third place in the NCEL Premier Division having lost only one of their opening eight games of the season, but Rimmington believes there is still more to come from his outfit.
“I don’t think we’ve played to our best, not yet,” he said. “We’re still tinkering about with players. We’ve got a lot of new players and when you’ve got a new team you’re tinkering all the time.
“I honestly feel there’s miles more to come. If we start hitting the ground like I think we can, once everybody starts settling and we get our injured players back, I think it’ll be some team.”
The manager is particularly excited about one player expected to return for tomorrow’s (Saturday) away clash at Albion Sports, Michael Bottomley.
The midfielder joined the club from Emley in the summer but has missed a number of matches so far. He managed to score off the bench two weeks ago in a premature comeback, but is now expected to be fit and firing.
Rimmington said: “He’s going to be a top player in this league when he’s fit. He’s a central midfielder and a very good footballer.
“He’s going to be a big threat because he’s got loads of energy and strength. We’ve missed him, I’ll be honest.”