Saffron Walden get a vital win

PUBLISHED: 10:54 24 November 2010

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TWO first-half goals from sharpshooter Ashley Gale helped Walden secure all three points at a misty Vauxhall Recreation ground in Luton on Saturday.

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TWO first-half goals from sharpshooter Ashley Gale helped Walden secure all three points at a misty Vauxhall Recreation ground in Luton on Saturday.

In misty conditions under floodlights the rampant visitors netted four times in the first half and pulverised their opponents in their East Division 2 clash.

Gale opened his account after 14 minutes following a fine flowing move and excellent inter-passing by the fast and mobile forwards.

Tom Greig kept his wits about him to beat a static defence after 19 minutes and Gale followed his earlier strike with his second after 27 minutes to leave Vauxhall reeling and gasping for breath.

The hosts were limited to sporadic attacks but aided by some generous umpiring decisions had several short corners which the Walden defence dealt with comfortably.

On 29 minutes, Fraser Hill added his name to the scoresheet as Walden completed their most powerful half of hockey so far this season, in fact had skipper Andy Boyd not been confused by the misty conditions it could have been more.

As often happens, the half-time break did Walden no favours interrupting as it did their concentration and giving their opposition time to re-group.

The second half saw barrage of short corners defended by Walden as the Vauxhall team pressed forward to salvage their pride.

Despite the magnificence of Tom Chapman in goal and the determination of his defensive colleagues Chris Boyd, James Mackintosh, Tom Taplin and Alex Flynn ably marshalled by the street-wise Luke Gilson, Vauxhall did pull back two goals but it was never going to be enough.

Next: Walden host Wapping at Newport Free Grammar School. Push back is at 1.30pm.

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