Amazing comeback sees Saffron Walden Town denied three points

PUBLISHED: 17:10 23 November 2016 | UPDATED: 17:10 23 November 2016

James Crane takes on the full-back. Picture: Jamie Pluck

James Crane takes on the full-back. Picture: Jamie Pluck

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Wivenhoe Town staged an incredible second-half comeback to come from three goals down at the break to secure a 3-3 draw against Saffron Walden Town in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division on Saturday.

Debutant Charlie Portway notched a brace while James Crane also netted but a disastrous second period denied the visitors from leaving Broad Lane with the three points.

The Bloods had been busy in the transfer market in the week, adding Jamie Salmon, Portway and Ryan Auger to the squad and they all started this action-packed clash.

It was the perfect start for Portway, as it took him less than 15 minutes to get on the scoresheet.

The striker controlled a pass from out wide, shrugged off the defender and calmly slotted the ball past the keeper.

Moments later, Wivenhoe came close to equalising as the striker’s effort hit the bar and was cleared by Spike Bell.

Ten minutes later, Bell was called into action again, blocking the ball on the line after keeper Lee Pacey had been rounded.

Portway then doubled the lead after some great work from Crane and Auger.

Crane headed Craig Calver’s cross to Auger’s feet and the debutant’s pass found Portway on the run and he volleyed home.

Crane was using his pace to good effect and again he linked up with Auger.

His work was not done there as he pushed the ball onto his other foot and smashed it past the diving Peter Haxell for 3-0.

Wivenhoe started the second half full of confidence and within a few minutes they had scored from a corner.

The set-piece was delivered into the box and tapped in by Adam Hampson.

Walden almost regained their three-goal lead soon after.

Salmon controlled the long ball in the box and instead of shooting he played the ball to Crane but his powerful shot went wide.

It didn’t take long for Wivenhoe to score a second goal, as they managed to open up the defence.

Hampson supplied Matt Eve, who struck the ball passed Pacey.

Walden had a good chance from Auger’s free-kick.

Player-manager Stuart Wardley managed to flick the ball towards the goal but it was blocked by Haxell.

The Walden players piled in to try and convert the rebound but the ball was cleared from danger.

It was mostly one-way traffic from Wivenhoe as the Bloods worked hard to keep their lead intact.

Eve was denied a second goal as his effort was cleared off the line.

The Wivenhoe fans really got behind their team and encouraged them to push for the equaliser.

With only a few minutes remaining, Wivenhoe’s pressure had paid off and Hampson deservedly put the Dragons level.

Town host Fakenham Town on Saturday looking for a first win in four matches.

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