Football: Saffron Walden Town keep up promotion challenge with win at Dereham

Craig Calver was on target in Walden's win at Dereham. Craig Calver was on target in Walden's win at Dereham.

Monday, February 24, 2014
5:16 PM

The Bloods recorded their fifth consecutive away win to keep their promotion bid on track.

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In what was Walden’s first ever trip to Aldiss Park in Norfolk, Colin Wallington’s men came out on top in a hard fought encounter with Dereham Town, on Saturday.

Joe Murphy gave the Bloods the perfect start when he found space and fired home a powerful shot, which crept under the keeper’s body to give Walden the lead on three minutes.

It was nearly two when a free-kick fell invitingly for Matt Snelling on 15 minutes. But the midfielder’s powerful shot was blocked on the goal line by a Dereham defender.

The miss proved costly when the hosts equalised out of the blue in the 34th minute. A square pass outside the Walden penalty area was struck first time by Connor Charlesworth and flew in off the right hand post.

Within two minutes the Bloods restored their lead thanks to a nice through ball by Joe Murphy. His pass found Darren Bicknell in space and a low cross was fired into the net from 10 yards out by striker Craig Calver.

More chances followed for Walden in the second half, as the visitors began piling on the pressure, but it wasn’t until 10 minutes from time that the game was made safe.

Louis Harper floated in a curling free kick which was glanced home by the head of defender Liam Fryatt.

With eight of their remaining twelve league games at home, the Bloods’ promotion fate is in their own hands. League leaders Fakenham Town visit the Meadow this Saturday in what should be a keenly contested encounter. Kick-off is 3pm.

On Tuesday evening the Bloods were home to Braintree Town Reserves in the quarter-final of the First Division Knock-Out Cup.

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