Saffron Walden thirds claim overdue win as Matt holds firm to finish off Southend

PUBLISHED: 09:00 24 January 2018

Hockey balls lie on the pitch before play (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Hockey balls lie on the pitch before play (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Saffron Walden men’s third team secured their first win in seven matches against Southend in East League Three South East on Saturday.

They took a two-goal lead in the first half thanks to efforts from Kearan Roach and Garry Foster and held onto their advantage until the break.

Southend hit back after the restart with a well-worked goal from a short corner routine, only for Walden to go up the other end and restore their two-goal cushion with a great strike from Haydn Watts.

The visitors were not finished, though, and claimed a second goal to set up a tense finale for lowly Walden.

But the home side held firm at the back, with man of the match Matt Patmore keeping them in the game, as they ran out 3-2 winners to move five points clear of bottom club Waltham Forest.

Walden had started well against high-flying Colchester, with great attacking runs from Watts and Foster, but couldn’t take their chances until a stunning run by Nigel Stevenson was finished by Foster.

Colchester scrambled home an equaliser before half-time, though, and both sides created chances in the second half, forcing the keepers to make some eye-catching saves.

But it was Colchester who were able to convert two opportunities to claim a 3-1 win to show why they are challenging for promotion.

Jacob Stevenson was Walden’s man of the match.

The first team drew 2-2 with Premier A rivals Letchworth, but the women were undone by some well-worked team goals by their counterparts inn East Two South West as they fell to a 3-0 defeat.

The home side took the lead as a lifted effort looped over Alex Pargeter’s outstretched arm, but Lily Anderson raced past her marker at the other end and sent in a cross, but Georgina Turtle and Julia Westnedge could not convert.

Claire Pearce marshalled the Walden defence well, but they could not avoid conceding two more goals in the second half.

The seconds secured a valuable point from a 1-1 draw with Shefford & Sandy in the same division.

Nia Evans and Pia Mannix tried to dictate in midfield, as Nicky Bareham and Maddie Howlett used their pace in attack, with Evans netting their goal from a short corner move.

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