Edwards earns Walden a point over rivals Bishop's Stortford
PUBLISHED: 15:57 21 October 2010
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.