Newmarket’s title defence ends at Saffron Walden Town

PUBLISHED: 10:25 13 November 2014 | UPDATED: 10:25 13 November 2014

Saffron Walden Town manager Stuart Wardley sends in instructions from the sideline. Picture: Jamie Pluck

Saffron Walden Town manager Stuart Wardley sends in instructions from the sideline. Picture: Jamie Pluck

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Newmarket Town’s defence of the Thurlow Nunn Challenge Cup ended at Catons Lane on Tuesday night against Saffron Walden Town.

The Bloods beat the title holders 4-2 to reach the last eight of the competition. The victory also extended Walden’s unbeaten run to 11 games.

If the streak is to continue, Walden will have to overcome their toughest test on Saturday against March Town who are the only team to have beaten Stuart Wardley’s side in the league this season.

But if Tuesday night’s win is anything to go by, the Bloods, who are second in the Thurlow Nunn First Division, should be able to turn the tables on sixth-placed March.

Craig Calver had a hand in three of Walden’s goals against Newmarket, crossing for Graeme Turner to head them in front before converting James Crane’s pass shortly after the interval.

The pair switched roles for the third goal as Calver’s shot was parried into Crane’s pass and he finished.

Newmarket fought back with two goals in eight minutes from Andrew Claydon and Darren Coe but Turner wrapped up the tie with his second of the game as he cut in from the left and fired past George Lawton.

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