Saffron Walden Town secure sixth league win on the trot

Matt Snelling was on target for Saffron Walden in the 3-1 win over Cornard United, on Tuesday evening. Matt Snelling was on target for Saffron Walden in the 3-1 win over Cornard United, on Tuesday evening.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
8:56 AM

Saffron Walden Town secured a sixth straight league win as they beat Cornard United 3-1 at The Meadow, on Tuesday night.

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Cornard looked anything but a bottom of the table side as they played with considerable organisation and skill, and the Bloods had to rely on a goal deep into injury time to see them safely over the line.

The win keeps Walden’s outside chance of promotion still a possibility as we enter the last week of a thrilling season.

Walden had most of the possession in the first half, but had to wait until the 23rd minute to take the lead when Stuart Hoskin rose highest to head home a free kick. Cornard were always dangerous on the break, and were still in the contest at the interval just one goal behind.

Cornard started the second half well, and Ezra Drann had a dangerous shot deflected over the bar in the 46th minute, and then struck the top of the crossbar with a good turn and shot in the 57th minute.

Craig Calver was providing most of the danger for the Bloods with some tantalising runs down the left wing, and it was from one of his crosses in the 61st minute that Jamie Solkhon netted with a header, only for it to be ruled out by a marginal off-side decision.

Three minutes later, however, another Calver cross was skillfully steered into the far corner of the goal by Shaun Avis to give the Bloods a more comfortable two goal lead.

In the 88th minute Cornard’s endeavour was rewarded when Stuart Wardley was dispossessed and Drann drove a powerful shot into the net from 20 yards, to give Walden a nervy last few minutes.

The nerves were finally settled in the fourth minute of added time when Calver crossed for Matt Snelling to head the ball home from close range, to keep the Bloods on course for “mission impossible”.

During the last week of the season Walden must beat Swaffham Town away on Saturday, then Halstead Town at home on Easter Monday afternoon, followed by Ipswich Wanderers away on Saturday 26th April.

WALDEN: Paul Wood, Spike Bell (John Griffin -87 mins.), Jamie Solkhon, Matt Snelling, Cameron Watson, Stuart Wardley, Craig Calver, Jake Noble (Joe Murphy – 68 mins.), Shaun Avis, Stuart Hoskin, Louis Harper (Darren Bicknell – 81 mins.).

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