Picture: Saffron Walden Town still believe in promotion after narrow win over Long Melford

Stuart Warldey scored from the penalty spot. Stuart Warldey scored from the penalty spot.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
4:30 PM

Saffron Walden still believe as a narrow victory kept them clinging to the coat tails of the group of clubs still vying for promotion.

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Spike Bell challenges for the ball.Spike Bell challenges for the ball.

It was an important three points for the Bloods who remain in sixth place in the table, six points off a promotion spot with six games to play.

They had enough fire power to overcome stubborn opponents generally considered to be somewhat of a bogey side.

Walden took a 19th minute lead. Craig Calver made a good run into the box before being tripped. The referee blew for a foul, checked that it was inside the box, and then awarded a penalty to Walden, which Stuart Wardley calmly slotted into the corner of the goal.

For the rest of the half the Bloods had most of the play, but could not add to their tally. Jamie Solkhon, was Walden’s most dangerous player, three times getting in headers but none of them finding the net.

The second came 11 minutes into the second half, and was again created by Calver. The striker’s curling cross evaded the Long Melford defence, and the alert Shaun Avis did well to leap forward and get a toe to the ball and flick it past the keeper.

Walden could have made the game safe four minutes later when Avis found Calver, and his shot was well blocked by Sam Mansfield in the Long Melford goal. Charlie Davies put the rebound just wide of the post in a crowded box.

Melford pulled one back on 62 minutes when Jack Durey latched on to a long ball and knocked past Bloods stopper Paul Wood.

The hosts had further chances to put the game to bed, with Calver prominent in attack, but the one-goal advantage proved to be enough.

Walden are due to play at Sun Postal, leaders of the South Midlands Division One, in the quarter-finals of the South Midlands Floodlight Cup on Thursday.

The Bloods are then at home to March Town United on Saturday.

WALDEN: Paul Wood, Spike Bell, Jamie Solkhon, Matt Snelling, Chris Reid, Stuart Wardley, Craig Calver, Joe Murphy (Darren Bicknell – 30 mins), Shaun Avis, Louis Harper, Charlie Davies.

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