Men’s hockey: Walden want more goals

PUBLISHED: 12:03 01 February 2011

Saffron Walden HC vs Blueharts

Henham

January 29, 2011.

Photograph by Michael Boyton

Pic shows: Action from the match.

Saffron Walden HC vs Blueharts Henham January 29, 2011. Photograph by Michael Boyton Pic shows: Action from the match.

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MANAGER Clive Newitt saw Walden dominate on Saturday but was disappointed that his youthful side were unable to convert more chances into goals.

Saffron Walden 2 Bluehearts 2nds (Hitchin) 0

MANAGER Clive Newitt saw Walden dominate on Saturday but was disappointed that his youthful side were unable to convert more chances into goals.

Goals from Chris Boyd and a stunning second from Tom Greig sealed the points for the hosts but in truth it could have been six or seven as Walden piled on the pressure in the first half and then counter-attacked with pace in the second.

Newitt praised the effort from his players after the final whistle but asked more of them as they look to climb away from the bottom-end of the East Men’s League 2S.

“We need to convert more of our chances,” he said. “We could have, and probably should have, won this match 6-1.

“We have added to our squad and we are now looking up the table rather down. It is so tight in this division. A string of wins could really push us up.”

Saturday was bitterly could at the Newport Grammar School all weather pitch and two games scheduled before the first team game had already been called off because the surface was too hard to play on.

However, with the pitch passed fit Walden flew out of the blocks and turned up the heat on their opponents with a series of penalty corners.

With 15 minutes on the clock they took the lead. Wearing 54, Boyd pounced on a save by the Hearts goalie and tapped in from six yards out.

Walden carried on dominating their opponents with neat interchanges in midfield, and when the ball found Fraser Hill on the half hour he sliced open the defence with an inch-perfect 50 yard pass to the stick of Grieg.

The flame-haired teenager controlled instantly and tucked the ball into the bottom left corner for a two-nil lead.

Early in the second half Walden keeper Tom Chapman kept his side’s lead with a full stretch save down low to his right. Then the away team missed a penalty as the ball sailed over Chapman’s goal.

After that Walden held on comfortably to keep their second successive clean sheet and will be full of confidence going into the local derby at Bishop Stortford this weekend. Push back 1.30pm.


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