Arsenal v Barcelona not the only shock as Walden surprise the league leaders

PUBLISHED: 13:41 17 February 2011 | UPDATED: 13:41 17 February 2011

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ARSENAL were not the only team to spring a surprise on Wednesday night as The Bloods downed the Ridgeons League leaders with a dynamic display.

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ARSENAL were not the only team to spring a surprise on Wednesday night as The Bloods downed the Ridgeons League leaders with a dynamic display.

Spike Bell’s curled free kick opened the scoring in the first half and a Mitchell Das volley followed by a neat finish from Ross Laird finished things off in the second.

Even though it was a Champion’s League night on ITV, 120 supporters packed into Catons Lane to see Walden show off some their promotion muscle despite finishing with 10-men after Zac Collins was sent off.

Assistant manager John Butchart was delighted with his side’s performance although he questioned the need for Collins to see red.

“The sending off was a bit embarrassing really,” he said. “Zac didn’t actually do anything. He just jumped a tackle that raked down the back of his calf.”

Red cards aside Walden were brilliant. They closed down CUP and stopped them playing before imposing their own game on the champions elect. The win also moved Walden up into sixth and hopes of a late promotion charge have been rekindled.

Butchart said: “Yes we think we can get promotion, that is why we play in the end. But we are doing the right things and taking every game as it comes at the moment. It was a great result for us.

“The key was stopping them [CUP] playing – once we did that they ran out of ideas. Everyone knows how they play now and so it has become easier to face up to them. They are becoming a bit of a one-trick pony.”

With Walden out to frustrate the visitors, tempers flared in the CUP camp and the referee was forced to produce three yellow cards for some hefty challenges.

Tommy Butchart, Brad Green and Kevin Riley all limped off after being on the receiving end but all are still in line to face March Town United this Saturday.

“There were a few knocks and a lot of bad challenges, but we are looking forward to Saturday’s game and hope to carry on our good form,” added Butchart.


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