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Herne Bay manager Simon Halsey backs returning striker Byron Walker to hit the goal trail

Byron Walkerby Luke Cawdell

Herne Bay boss Simon Halsey hopes striker Byron Walker can quickly rekindle his scoring form following his shock return.

Walker recently left Bay for Stalybridge Celtic but, after playing just two games for the Blue Square Bet North outfit, he was back at Winch’s Field.

And the striker (pictured) was back in time to help Bay to a 3-2 win over local rivals Folkestone Invicta on Saturday.

"All the lads wanted him back, he is one of the boys and he adds even more to our changing room," said Halsey.

"The fans love him as well and it was great to see him back. He should have scored on Saturday and hopefully he’ll be on the scoresheet soon.

"We talked two or three times a week (when he left) and I said to him we had a big month coming up and I could do with him. It all started from there.

"He loves it at Herne Bay. He will hopefully come in and score goals because, although we are scoring all over the park, we need a 19-25 goal striker and hopefully that’s what he is going to be."

Bay – sitting third in Ryman League, Division 1 South – face a tough week, in what is a tough month of fixtures, as they travel to second-placed Dulwich Hamlet. They are away to the same team on Tuesday for a League Cup third round fixture.

Halsey has no injury concerns ahead of the weekend while midfielder Billy Bennett – a recent signing from VCD – could be involved.

Do you think Walker can rekindle his form at Herne Bay? Have your say below.

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