Injury time goal sends Saffron Walden Town to defeat

PUBLISHED: 10:34 02 November 2015 | UPDATED: 10:34 02 November 2015

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An injury time goal sent Saffron Walden Town down to a 1-0 loss at Haverhill Rovers in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division on Saturday.

This was the cruelest of defeats for the Bloods, as Haverhill scored the only goal of the game, for the second time this season, in the fourth minute of added time.

The best scoring opportunity of the first half came as early as the seventh minute when Jamie Solkhon missed his attempted clearance, leaving Ryan Weaver in the clear on the right, however keeper Floyd Croll did well to deflect his shot against the far post before the ball was cleared.

James Thomas hit a shot over the bar from a good position, and the ever dangerous Craig Calver had a couple of good shots saved for the Bloods while for Haverhill, Martin Farrant headed a free-kick wide, and Michael Shinn hit an angled shot wide of the far post.

Walden played some particularly nice passing football in an entertaining first half, but generally both defences were on top as each side could only create half chances.

In the second half a decisive moment came in the 68th minute when the ball bounced awkwardly for Ben Lawrence as he attempted a clearance.

He made contact with the ball but also with a Haverhill player, and the referee awarded a penalty to the home team.

Perry Moody, who scored the late penalty at Saffron Walden, took the spot-kick hitting it low and hard towards the bottom corner, but Croll guessed correctly and made an excellent save.

Seven minutes from time Chris Reid had a free header from a corner, but put it wide of the right hand post. I

n the 85th minute Graeme Turner broke clear of the Haverhill defence, and with just the keeper to beat shot under Alex Archer’s body, but the keeper did enough to slow the ball down as it rolled towards the line, and a defender was able to clear in the nick of time.

Two minutes later Walden’s cause was not helped when substitute, Spike Bell, overstretched in a tackle on Tyler Kemp, and was sent-off, while Kemp received a yellow card for his reaction.

As a draw looked likely, Haverhill won a free-kick in the centre circle in the fourth minute of added time, from which they won a corner.

Marcus Hunt was called on as a substitute, specifically for the corner, and it proved to be a master-stroke, as the deep cross beyond the far post was headed on by Hunt to Scott Kemp, who got a slight deflection with his head to put the ball beyond Croll for a dramatic late winning goal on his debut.

All of Saffron Walden’s last six league defeats have been by the odd goal, in closely fought matches, but next Saturday the Bloods need to register a win when they play away to lowly Whitton United.

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