Saffron Walden boys secure cup progress, while women celebrate exciting victories
PUBLISHED: 10:00 22 November 2017
Saffron Walden’s under-18 boys maintained their winning streak with a fine 4-0 win over their Chelmsford rivals in the cup.
Excellent goals from Sam Bushnell, who scored twice, Alex Newitt and Tom Grove Smith sent Walden comfortably through to the next round, which will be played in February.
The women’s thirds were also celebrating after an exciting 5-3 win over Letchworth seconds.
Walden made a strong start with Emily Hartle scoring a goal from a short corner in the opening five minutes.
Fluent and fast-paced play from the team in the first half led to a second goal from Hartle, which was assisted by Sam Pluck who then converted from a corner to make it 3-0 at half time.
Walden’s consistent defence and strength in midfield were effective in holding off the Letchworth attack and a swift goal from Galia Goddard made it 4-0 after the restart.
And although Letchworth came back strong to claim two goals, Pluck scored again to help secure a 5-3 win for Walden.
The sixes enjoyed a derby win of their own against St Albans sevenths, coming out on top by the odd goal infive.
Walden made a strong start, opening the scoring with a short corner goal from Rose Anderson and another following a cross from Katie Newman.
However, St Albans started to fight their way back and scrambled home their first goal, before drawing level from a short corner.
Walden regained the lead with just a few minutes left, though, as Newman fired home a first-time time following a tremendous hit by Daisy Collett.
And they held on for the points as goalie Amy Way made a key second in the closing seconds when a St Albans player broke upfield in a one-on-one-situation.
The news was not so good for the men’s first team, who lost 4-1 at Ipswich in their latest East Premier A outing, with Spalding set to visit this weekend.
The thirds were also beaten in Division Three, going down 4-1 to their Redbridge counterparts.
Walden showed a lot of early potential, with Freddie Colclough scoring at a short corner. But Redbridge levelled before the interval and went on to dominate the second half to take the points.
The fourths beat Basildon 4-3 in Division Six, while the fifths romped to an 8-2 win over Old Southendian in Division Seven.