10-man Walden get a vital victory

PUBLISHED: 11:04 17 November 2010

Saffron Walden Town FC vs Long Melford.

Saffron Walden.

November 13, 2010.

Photograph by Michael Boyton.

Pic shows: Action from the first half.

Saffron Walden Town FC vs Long Melford. Saffron Walden. November 13, 2010. Photograph by Michael Boyton. Pic shows: Action from the first half.

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THEY say strikers win matches but defences win championships. Walden will be hoping that sentiment is true.

Saffron Walden 1 Long Melford 0

THEY say strikers win matches but defences win championships. Walden will be hoping that sentiment is true.

After a one-nil victory over Long Melford, courtesy of Mitchell Das’s eighth strike of the season, The Bloods now have the second-meanest defence in the league.

A run of good form has seen them move into sixth position in the Ridgeons First Division and has also seemingly boosted attendances as a promotion push looks on.

Over 145 people packed into Catons Lane on Saturday to see an 80th minute winner from striker Das who pounced on a rebound following a Graeme Turner free kick.

He fired home through a packed penalty area and sent the crowd into raptures. It was the least Walden deserved after dominating a side they had beaten seven-nil in their previous encounter.

Numerous chances went begging throughout the 90 minutes mainly due to a top class performance from Melford and ex-Spurs keeper Paul Wood.

Making a string of fine saves he kept out efforts from Das, Turner, Jamie Solkhon, Joe Murphy and Sean Anderson.

The only blemish in an all-action performance was a hotly disputed red card handed out to Spike Bell.

The sometime full back, sometime winger, received his marching orders just after the hour-mark for his part in a shoving match sparked by a hatful of aggressive tackles.

But even with ten men Walden continued to press for an opening goal and when it came in the closing ten minutes the relief around the ground was palpable.

Before his decisive strike Das had missed numerous chances and was unlucky not to open the scoring with a 30-yard free kick that rattled the bar with Woods, for once, beaten.

But he delivered when it really mattered and one-nil proved enough. With the three points in the bag Walden moved to within four points of Cambridge University Press at the top of the table.

Next: Walden are away at Halstead Town this Saturday. Kick off at 3pm.

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