Football: Saffron Walden Reserves too strong for Tiptree rivals

Josh Bates was man of the match for Saffron Walen Town Reserves

Josh Bates was man of the match for Saffron Walen Town Reserves - Credit: Archant

Saffron Walden Town Reserves had a comfortable 4-1 win over Tiptree Jobserve in the Essex Senior League Reserve Division.

That made it two wins in two for the young team, with almost half the players still playing for the under-18s, who had an impressive 5-2 win over Coggeshall.

The match started very evenly with Tiptree having more of the ball and after seven minutes they had an excellent opportunity, but Josh Bates made an excellent save with his feet.

The Bloods continued to work hard and played good passing football, which paid off on 15 minutes as captain Coby Game drilled the ball into the back of the net from 15 yards out after Tiptree failed to clear a corner.

Both teams worked hard during the first half but it was new signing Charlie Buffin who doubled the lead for Walden, after he ran onto a great through ball and slotted past the keeper.

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Tiptree hit back with minutes left in the first half when Bates made another excellent save from a corner, but Bloods could not clear and a visiting player converted from close range.

Director of football Glen Wilkinson made a change at half time and replaced Flynn Tarman with the dynamic Liam Moir as the Bloods looked to open the gap.

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But Tiptree almost levelled early in the second half when their striker got goalside from a dangerous pass, only for Bates to rush out and block te shot with his feet.

With 20 minutes remaining the Bloods got their deserved third goal, scored by Harris Onwubiko, who latched on to a loose ball after the Tiptree keeper had spilled it.

Man of the match Bates showed his athletic ability once again to make an excellent diving save before Sak Hassan tucked away a penalty in the 90th minute to complete the scoring for Bloods.

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