Angry Walden just let their feet do the talking

PUBLISHED: 12:23 15 February 2011

Saffron Walden FC vs Team Bury

Saffron Walden.

February 12, 2011.

Photograph by Michael Boyton.

Pic shows: Action from the match.

Saffron Walden FC vs Team Bury Saffron Walden. February 12, 2011. Photograph by Michael Boyton. Pic shows: Action from the match.

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THE BLOODS answered an off-the-pitch dispute emphatically, as assistant manager John Butchart revealed his players didn’t need any extra motivation from him for Saturday’s grudge match.

Saffron Walden 4 Team Bury 1

THE BLOODS answered an off-the-pitch dispute emphatically, as assistant manager John Butchart revealed his players didn’t need any extra motivation from him for Saturday’s grudge match.

Goals from Mitchell Das, Jamie Solkhon, Brad Green and Joe Murphy set up a satisfying win for the hosts who were not happy with team selections before kick off.

Butchart told the Saffron Walden Reporter: “There is a problem in this league, Team Bury did not give us their squad line-up for the match program until Saturday.

“That was because Team Bury seems to be a just a reserve side for Bury Town which would be against league rules as no reserve teams are allowed to at this level.

“The league officials turned a blind eye to it last year and they are doing it again, this is not a circus it’s football. All we want is a level playing field.”

Butchart was annoyed because the Team Bury side contained at least six players who are considered as first team for Ryman Premier League outfit Bury Town, according to the club’s official website.

However, all that did was fire up a rampant Walden team who have now bagged 10 goals in their last three games to move within six points of the top four.

After Das gave them the perfect start scoring in the first minute, full backs Spike Bell and Solkhon pushed the team forward with raid after raid down the flanks.

Bell had a hand in three of the home side’s goals, he beat two defenders to help set up Solkhon who blasted in off the cross bar.

Later he went one better and beat three defenders before setting up Green. It was then Bell’s stinging shot that was parried by the keeper in the 84th minute allowing sub Joe Murphy to pounce.

“It was a good performance from the lads,” said Butchart. “We have changed our shape and now have a middle three in midfield. All of them played well but we were a bit concerned with the stud marks on their legs after some of the challenges.

“The formation gives Spike and Jamie space to get forward as one of the midfield lads can drop in and cover. It is working well for us and it is good to see the team playing well – we knew it would take time to settle after a long winter break.”

Next: Walden faced table toppers Cambridge University Press on Wednesday night (see saffronwaldenreporter24.co.uk for a report). Then host Swaffham Town on Saturday. Kick off 3pm.


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