Edwards earns Walden a point over rivals Bishop’s Stortford

PUBLISHED: 15:57 21 October 2010

HOCKEY

Saffron Walden 4

Bishop’s Stortford 2nd XI 4

MATTHEW Edwards grabbed a last-gasp equaliser for Saffron Walden in a ding-dong derby battle with rivals Bishop’s Stortford.

With the Stortford team ranks filled with spited ex-Walden players, this encounter promised to be a fiery affair.

Early on, intentions by both teams were set out - Stortford applied a physical tactic while the home side looked to counter-strike with speed.

It was the young Walden side who drew first blood with Tom Grieg making the score sheet.

Returning striker Ash Gale then doubled the advantage with a deft finish past the hapless keeper.

The visitor’s rallied and reduced the deficit when a fortuitous short corner goal slipped past keeper Tom Bonham.

A lightening attack ended with Richard Hollidge scoring a rare goal in the purple of Walden to make it 3-1 at half time and put the hosts firmly in the driving seat.

However, Walden’s inability to kill the game off came back to haunt them – with the lead slipping away.

Stortford’s physical approach started to pay-off and managed to erase the deficit and take the lead in the match with only a few minutes left.

The home side dug in and got their reward when, from a short corner, Edwards converted a penalty corner with a deflected flick.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Saffron Walden Reporter. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Saffron Walden Reporter