Edwards earns Walden a point over rivals Bishop's Stortford

PUBLISHED: 15:57 21 October 2010

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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.

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