Hockey: Saffron Walden win promotion to East Men’s League Premier B division

Guy Flynn shoots.

Guy Flynn shoots. - Credit: Archant

Saffron Walden won promotion to the East Men’s League Premier B for the first time – but the champagne is on ice until the title is sealed.

Tom Taplin.

Tom Taplin. - Credit: Archant

Walden were too strong for Ford on Saturday, coming away with a 6-0 win. It was their 12th consecutive victory, and now leaves them needing one win from the remaining two games to become champions.

Captain Matt Wells said: “We’re obviously delighted to be promoted but it was quiet celebrations after the game. Our aim was to go up but being so close now we’d be disappointed if we didn’t to go up as champions.

“It’s been a very good season but we need to make sure we don’t waste the hard work and we get the job done. Then we can really celebrate.”

Ben Wells and Tom Kemp both scored twice in the match against Ford, with Josh Charge and a worldy from Tom Taplin wrapping up a comfortable win.

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It also took Walden over the 100-goal mark for the season.

Yet it is not in attack where Wells feels the team has most improved.

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“Our defence has been our most impressive aspect. We’ve kept four clean sheets in a row.

“Last season we scored a lot of goals and won a lot of games, but we also let in a lot as well.

“The difference this season is that it is not just our defenders who are defending. As a team we’ve been much more solid.”

Walden can seal the league title at home against Ipswich on Saturday.

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