Hockey: Walden bounce back in 11-goal thriller with Harpenden

PUBLISHED: 15:50 14 November 2013

Thomas Taplin takes on an opponent.

Thomas Taplin takes on an opponent.

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Saffron Walden got back to winning ways in emphatic fashion against Harpenden.

David Boyd celebrates his goal with Guy Flynn.David Boyd celebrates his goal with Guy Flynn.

It was important for the team to bounce back from last week’s 4-1 defeat at Havering, and perhaps just as pleasing was the five new scorers who added goals in a dominant Walden display.

Captain Matt Wells said: “It was a very good display. We had a shocker last week and it was pleasing to see that attitudes had not dropped.

“We got off to a bit of a slow start but once we found our feet and remembered we can pass the ball, we were fine.”

Wells opened the scoring, with goals from Tim O’Sullivan and David Boyd putting the team into a decent 3-1 lead at the interval.

Further goals after the break, from Marcus Booth, Anthony Colcough, Tom Taplin, Guy Flynn and another from Boyd, ptu the game well beyond Harpenden’s reach.

The visitor’s final two goals came late on as Walden experimented with players playing in different positions.

“Hopefully we can go on a bit of a run now. After the next three games we would have played everyone in the league once, so we’ll know roughly where we are.

“I’d certainly be targetting 12 points from the next four games before Christmas which should put us in a good position to push on in the New Year.”

The win pushes Walden up to second in the table. They travel to Ford on Saturday.

• Meanwhile, Saffron Walden 2s surrendered their unbeaten record at Phoenix, going down 2-1.

It all started so well with Walden opening the scoring almost from the start as Adam Farley waltzed through the opposition defence and slotted home.

But they failed to take a succession of chances which would have put the game out of sight.

And they were made to pay as Phoenix two before the break, the second a comical own goal from a harmless through ball.

Walden are at home to promotion favourites Witham 1s, on Saturday.

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