Saffron Walden Town pull off best win of the season so far

PUBLISHED: 11:28 07 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:28 07 April 2016

Saffron Walden Town's Craig Calver battles his man. Picture: Dominic Davey

Saffron Walden Town's Craig Calver battles his man. Picture: Dominic Davey


Stuart Wardley’s Saffron Walden Town conjured up arguably their best Thurlow Nunn Premier Division victory of the season, winning 1-0 at fourth-placed Felixstowe on Saturday.

A measure of the achievement was that Felixstowe have the best defensive record of all 377 clubs at level five in the football pyramid, having only conceded 18 goals before Craig Calver’s match-winner.

The hosts started well but Town hit back with Calver’s venomous shot stinging the palms of keeper Dan Crump.

The attack continued and James Thomas cut inside before shooting just over the bar.

Four minutes later it was Lee Pacey’s turn to push away a shot from Kyron Andrews for a corner.

The Walden front three continued to look lively as the half progressed, but both defences were generally on top, and clear-cut chances were hard to come by.

Walden would have been the happier to reach the interval on level terms, having played against the wind in the first half.

Four minutes into the second half, Paul Abbott made a remarkable headed clearance from the goalmouth after a close-range shot, but apart from that scare, the defence looked untroubled.

Midway through the second half, the Bloods had their best chances of the match as Jake Noble sent a shot flashing over the bar, and a fine cross from Graeme Turner was just nicked off the head of Thomas, as he looked certain to score.

The pressure paid off for Walden in the 70th minute.

Thomas went past two players on the left, and then crossed to the far post for Calver to net easily from close range for the vital first goal.

Both sides came close to scoring in the last 10 minutes.

Kerridge headed a corner onto the top of the corner of bar and post in the 81st minute while Louis Harper blasted a tapped, indirect free-kick wide of the mark.

The last few minutes were tense but Walden held on for an excellent away win.

Next Saturday they face fellow promoted side Long Melford at Catons Lane.


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