Paul Walker believes Corby Town are beginning to gel as a defensive unit.
The young goalkeeper produced a terrific display to help his team claim a 1-1 draw at Boston United on Boxing Day with two late saves, one from a free-kick, capping a fine personal performance.
It hasn’t always been easy for Walker since joining from Brackley Town in the summer but he has proved himself as an excellent shot-stopper.
There was plenty of evidence of that again at Boston but Walker also reserved praise for the defenders in front of him. And he feels it is starting to come together for the Steelmen.
“Earlier in the season those goals probably would have gone in but now, as a team, we are a lot more solid. I am just pleased to do my bit,” the Corby goalkeeper said.
“If you go into games worrying about how many goals you will concede then you will concede them.
“Obviously, it doesn’t look good when you see how many goals we have conceded. I think we are lot more tighter than we have been and hopefully that continues.
“We have done more defensive work in training but we were a new team at the start of the season and it has taken time to gel. But it is beginning to happen for us.
“Paul made a great block in the first half and Carl has also thrown himself in front of shots as well. If it hadn’t been for them, I would have had more to do.
“I was pleased with the save from the free-kick because their lad got it up and down and I had a long way to go. The one at the end was more instinctive than anything else.
“It was just really good to play in front of a decent sized crowd and when everyone is against you, I think that helps you produce your best. We wanted to get one over them and, in a way, that’s what we did.”
Walker also received high praise from his manager Chris Plummer after his display at Boston.
“I thought Paul was excellent and, to be honest, he has been like that for most of the season,” the Steelmen boss said.
“He may be a bit short compared to some of the massive goalkeepers you see in professional football.
“But you can’t fault him. He has had the odd blip but he is only 20 and on the whole he has been magnificent.”