Sutton started brightly, moving the ball well and creating some good opportunities.
However, it was Walden who opened the scoring against the run of play and they grew in confidence, putting their hosts under pressure at crucial times.
Sutton fought back with Danny Sisson working hard at both ends of the field and he was rewarded when a beautiful short corner routine allowed him to deflect the ball into the net.
The game was evenly balanced before Sutton took the lead before the break when Josh Fyson found the corner of the goal with a lovely drag flick from a short corner.
Then Sutton made it 3-1 early in the second half as Sisson fired the ball into the goal.
The home side had chances to kill the game off but a combination of the festive period and a shortage of hockey matches since the end of November conspired against Sutton as they tired, with Walden taking full advantage.
The visitors scored twice to level the match and then took the lead with a deflection Fyson’s stick, just as goalkeeper Steve Kirkham went to kick the ball away, resulting in the ball rolling through his legs and into the goal.
Sutton mens’ seconds fared now better after a 3-1 defeat to Wisbech 2nds in a rearranged game from before Christmas.
The home side fielded a number of players from the third string and a good start ended with Sutton going ahead through a Luke Jackson goal from an Alex Canham cross.
Sutton could have increased their lead but for good defending from the experienced Wisbech back line before the Cambridgeshire side equalised from their first short corner of the game.
Two more goals though meant there was to be no heroics for the patchwork Sutton side.
Sutton men’s third suffered a 3-2 derby defeat to Spalding 4ths, Gary Hales and Luke Lovegrove being the scorers.
The fourths’ run of good form came to a halt with a 4-0 shutout by Spalding 5ths and there was a blank scoresheet too for the ladies’ seconds who lost 3-0 with a mixed team in terms of experience.