Lady luck deserts Saffron Walden Town in March

Stuart Wardley prowls the touchline. Picture: Jamie Pluck Stuart Wardley prowls the touchline. Picture: Jamie Pluck

Thursday, August 14, 2014
9:51 AM

Saffron Walden Town manager Stuart Wardley can blame Tuesday evening’s 1-0 loss at March Town on bad luck.

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Shaun Avis celebrates scoring Walden's first goal against Debenham. Picture: Jamie PluckShaun Avis celebrates scoring Walden's first goal against Debenham. Picture: Jamie Pluck

The Bloods hit the woodwork four times, missed a penalty and happened to come up against a goalkeeper in top form. And, to make matters worse, they were sucker punched with a goal against the run of play.

The defeat ended Walden’s 10-game unbeaten run that stretched back to the end of last season.

The streak was stretched into double figures on the opening day of the season when, in front of 205 fans, the biggest attendance of the weekend in the Premier and Division One, Walden beat Debenham LC 2-1.

Last week assistant manager Jason Maher told the Reporter that the Bloods had to be ruthless in front of goal.

His plea seemed to fall on deaf ears in the first half as time and time again Walden forced their way into good areas but were unable to apply the finishing touch.

That all changed in the second half. Within five minutes of the restart Walden had broken the deadlock.

Spike Bell, who before the game received a shield to mark his 200th appearance for the club, made a surging run into Debenham territory before crossing to Graeme Turner. He teed up Shaun Avis to thunder the ball past Sam Chilvers.

A second almost followed soon after but Jamie Solkhon’s goal-bound header was blocked on the line.

Debenham were never out of the game though and on 72 minutes former Whitton United front man James Heathcote beat new-signing Floyd Croll to level the game.

Facing a third draw in three meetings with a team they always seem to struggle against, Walden found a winning goal in the game’s dying moments.

Matt Snelling capped off a solo effort with a brilliant strike into the bottom corner to send the home crowd wild.

Walden turn their attention to the FA Cup this Sunday when they travel to Ilford in the extra-preliminary round.

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