Bloods looking for boost after winning run ends

PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 October 2017

Tom Lakin was Saffron Walden Town's player of the month for September

Tom Lakin was Saffron Walden Town's player of the month for September

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Saffron Walden Town travel to Ipswich Wanderers on Saturday, ahead of a home meeting with Godmanchester Rovers on Tuesday, after enduring a mixed week in the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League.

The Bloods made it four wins in a row with a 2-0 Premier Division success over Long Melford at Catons Lane in front of a crowd of 270 last Friday.

But they were brought back down to earth in midweek after a 4-1 defeat at Stanway Rovers, which leaves them in 13th place.

Buoyed by their 4-0 win over leaders Felixstowe & walton, Stuart Wardley’s men were made to work hard by lowly Long Melford.

Wardley brought Ryan Fleming back into the starting line-up in place of himself and saw Ashley Skeggs produce an impressive display against his former club.

But it took until the final minute of the first half for the home side to make the breakthrough as the ball was whipped to the far post by Dan Grindrod and man of the match Fleming rose highest to head past Darren Moyes and into the corner of the net.

The Bloods went in search of a second goal after the restart, but Long Melford showed plenty of determination to deny them.

Wardley made a change just before the hour, bringing James Crane on for Joe Murphy, and it proved an inspired move as the substitute tucked home a through ball from September’s player of the month Tom Lakin – who had run 40 yards, while holding off two defenders – with his first touch to double the lead.

Both sides had chances to add to the scoreline in the time that remained, with Charlie Portway and Graeme Turner returning from injury towards the end and causing problems for the visitors.

Wardley said: “We are really pleased with the progress we’ve made. We needed to be hard to beat and with three clean sheets it shows the training is paying off. It’s great to see some of the young lads coming in and fighting for a place in the team.”

The scoreline remained blank at half time at Stanway on Tuesday, but the hosts then netted four times after the restart before the Bloods grabbed a consolation.

Saffron Walden Town under-18s are due to entertain their Mildenhall Town counterparts tonight (Thursday, 7.45pm), while the Reserves welcome Ipswich Wanderers to Catons Lane on Saturday (3pm).

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