December 13 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 16, 2013
THE road to Wembley begins for Saffron Walden tomorrow (Saturday) as the team return to the FA Cup.
The Bloods travel to Thurlow Nunn Premier Division side Felixstowe & Walton United in an extra preliminary round clash.
It is a welcome boost for Walden, who have not been in the competition for the past two seasons.
Vice-chairman Martin Johnson said: “It is the oldest cup competition in the world and there is an element of excitement around it.
“Even though the senior team came back last season we were unable to enter. It is the first time for sometime that we will be involved.
“There is definitely a financial carrot for the club to progress, but it is more than that. It represents a step forward.
“Hopefully we can get through to the next round.”
Bloods boss Colin Wallington, pictured, is under no illusions how difficult Saturday’s draw with Felixstowe – who play in the division above Walden – will be.
“It is great for the club to be back in the competition, but they are the strong favourites and will expect to win. We’re the underdogs,” he said.
“I know a lot of their players and they’re a good side. But we’ve got some good players too and if we show the fight we need, who knows what will happen. We have got nothing to lose.”
Walden will return to action at home on Tuesday night, regardless of the result on Saturday. Draw, and they face a replay at Catons Lane. Win, and they host Haverhill Borough in a league contest. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.