Corinthian-Casuals suffered a major blow to their promotion chances when goalkeeper and captain Danny Bracken suffered a nasty injury which could rule him out for the rest of the season.

With just twenty minutes gone at Walton Casuals, Bracken looked to have made a routine save but instantly looked distressed as he seeked medical attention.

“It doesn’t look good for my brother,” said manager and elder of the two James Bracken. “Hopefully it isn’t too bad. He’s distraught. He prides himself on being available every week and the levels of performance he puts in is unreal.

James Bracken also took to Twitter after the match to say “To see any player suffer an injury like today is hard. When it's your brother it makes it wrenching. Everyone at Corinthian-Casuals needs to keep stepping up. Me included. You don't replace a Danny Bracken. You can't. But he'll be back soon just like we'll be ready 3pm Saturday.”

The Corinthian-Casuals Boss’ plans were thrown into chaos with the injury to Danny Bracken. With no replacement keeper as a named substitute, eyes turned to Josh Uzun – possibly the smallest player on the field to act as the last line of defence.

Uzun produced a man of the match performance making a string of excellent saves to prevent a counter-attacking Walton from taking the lead. Corinth had to ride their luck at times with the crossbar and post coming to their rescue.

For the most part, Walton were able to keep Corinth’s sustained pressure. Max Oldham had the best chance of the afternoon when breaking free on the right, lashed a vicious shot which was expertly matched by Denzel Gerrar in the Walton goal.

Walton will feel aggrieved that they didn’t capitalise on Corinth’s bad luck and both sides failed to gain ground on their promotion rivals.

James Bracken had nothing but praise for his stand-in keeper.

“Josh Uzun was absolutely fantastic when taking his place in goal. When an outfield player dons the gloves, the other side will fancy their chances especially when he’s had to play the majority of the game in goal.

"When they’ve had over an hour of playing against a lad in goal who’s not a keeper, you’d think they’d win the game. Especially with Walton’s home record.

"They’ve lost one game at the Hub all season and top of the home form table. So that’ll be a big blow for them because they’d expect to win when we don’t have a keeper.

“Take nothing away from Josh’s performance. I said to him afterwards, had you been Danny, I’d be giving you Man of the Match. He earns that on merit.

“We had some good performances all over the pitch. Everyone found a massive amount of spirit. When needing to run back and defend, despite being tired, they found that little extra.

“Going forward, had we been a little better in the final third, we’d have carved out one or two more chances. We overhit a few crosses and tried to walk the ball into the net at times. You look at Max Oldham’s effort where their keeper has pulled off a wonderful save. Another day, that might go in and we’d have got all three points with no goalkeeper.

“A point is good though. It keeps Walton a long way behind us and still in touch with those above us too.

“Finding a replacement will be difficult. The signing on deadline has just passed. I’ll have to look at what we can and cannot do. I’ll do whatever I can to ensure come next week, we have a goalie who is more than good enough to play.

"To be honest, on that performance today, Josh is good enough to play. Will I play him in goal? No. I’ll make sure we get the best goalkeeper I can at this stage of the season.”

And things don’t get any easier for Casuals as they host league leaders Lewes at Tolworth on Saturday.

“Lewes are an organised and hard working side and we’ll need to be solid to get three points. We’ve got five games left. Our aim is to win all five and see where it leaves us. That could be the prime seat for second or perhaps a home playoff final should we get through the semi-final.”