Hockey: Walden put 8 past Upminster as they start to click into gear

PUBLISHED: 14:58 22 October 2013 | UPDATED: 14:58 22 October 2013

Matt Wells

Matt Wells

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Saffron Walden are finally starting to click into gear.

After a sluggish opening to the season, notably in front of goal, the team is showing what a threat they can be in the division after rattling in eight goals against Upminster on Saturday. And it could have had more.

Captain Matt Wells said: “It is nice to put some goals on the board and it would seem we’re finally starting to click into gear. We just needed that catalyst to set us on our way.

“We could have scored 12-15 goals. Their keeper made some good saves and we hit the post a couple of times. But all in all, if you score eight goals you’ve played pretty well.”

Yet Walden were not at their best in the first half. Despite taking the lead and being 3-1 in front, the game was locked at 3-3 just moments into the second half after a couple of unfortunate umpiring decisions had gone against the visitors.

But they stepped it up and hit another five goals unanswered to comfortably take the points against lowly opposition. Tom Kemp struck a treble and Wells notched a brace, while Ben Wells, John Shipman and an own goal completed the scorers.

It was a victory that kept Walden amongst the early season front-runners, and should provide a real confidence boost going into this weekend’s clash with table-toppers Old Southendian.

“Realistically we have to win all our home games if we’re to get promotion,” said Wells. “When we’re playing well we are a very difficult side to beat.”

The game on Saturday is at home (Newport Free Grammar School) and starts at 1.30pm.

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