Bloods looks to get back on track with away-day double after ‘Beast from East’ blow

PUBLISHED: 16:00 08 March 2018

Saffron Walden Town players celebrate a goal against Fakenham (pic Jamie Pluck)

Saffron Walden Town players celebrate a goal against Fakenham (pic Jamie Pluck)

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Saffron Walden Town hit the road in the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League Premier Division with a trip to Haverhill Borough on Friday.

And the Bloods are back on their travels on Tuesday too, when they are due to visit Hadleigh United in another league encounter.

Stuart Wardley’s men saw last weekend’s home match against Ely City fall victim to the ‘Beast from the East’ as heavy snow wiped out sporting fixtures across the UK.

But following the recent thaw they will be hoping to get back out on to the pitch as they look to build on their stunning 7-0 win over Fakenham Town, which left them in eighth place.

The reserves made the trip to Haverhill Rovers in midweek and returned with a point from a 1-1 draw.

First-team players Dan Grinrod, James Crane, Ronnie Ledwith, Dan Trendall and Mason Naylor were all included in the line-up, as the hosts also fielded a strong side.

And both combined to produce an entertaining contest, with Grinrod opening the scoring for Walden in the first half with a bullet header.

Walden could have been further in front by the break and were made to pay for their missed chances as Haverhill came into the game more in the second half.

Visiting captain Coby Game was a constant threat on the right for Walden, though, and Ledwith ran at the Haverhill defence at every opportunity.

Naylor, Charlie Davies and Pedro Da Silva produced disciplined displays in midfield as 16-year-old goalkeeper Josh Bates also impressed on his way to the man of the match award.

But Walden could not hold on to their slender lead as Haverhill netted a 75th-minute equaliser to ensure honours finished even.

Walden are set to host Witham Town Reserves at Catons Lane on Saturday (3pm).

*A Saffron Walden Town Legends XI will play a Celebrity XI at Bishop’s Stortford in a special charity match on May 5 for a local three-year-old boy.

Ronnie has spastic diplegia cerebral palsy and needs an operation known as selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR), followed by a minimum 18 months of physiotherapy and rehabilitation.

A £30,000 fundraising target has been set and donations can be made at just4children.org. Search for Run, Ronnie, Run.

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