Balance just right as Saffron Walden Town show their mettle to beat Team Bury

PUBLISHED: 16:57 17 October 2013 | UPDATED: 17:00 17 October 2013

Craig Calver

Craig Calver


Goals from Shaun Avis and Craig Calver capped a superb team performance as Walden gained maximum points at Team Bury.

The Bloods kept the same side that played so well against Swaffham two weeks ago, and the balance of the team seems to be about right as they showed their mettle in an entertaining contest.

Boss Colin Wallington missed the game due to illness, but was delighted to hear of his team’s success.

“I understand it was a very good performance and that can only stand us in good stead going into Saturday’s game with Sudbury,” he said. “They beat us earlier in the season [4-1] and we were appalling in that game, so the lads should be up for it.”

Team Bury made a good start in Saturday’s encounter, playing some superb passing football. Tall centre forward David Lampshire, who has scored more than a goal a game this season, did well with a 10th minute cross which hit the Bloods’ crossbar from an acute angle.

Walden had to show determination to wrestle back control. Graeme Turner went close with three chances before glancing the ball on to Avis in the 20th minute. The forward broke for goal and slotted the ball past the keeper to open the scoring.

Avis went close again after the break with a curled effort that struck the inside of a post.

The game wasn’t made safe until injury time when Calver received the ball, turned his defender, drew the keeper towards him, and slotted the ball into the corner of the net.

Walden host AFC Sudbury Reserves on Saturday, 3pm kick off.

WALDEN: Paul Wood,Spike Bell, Jamie Solkhon, Matt Snelling, Chris Reid, Stuart Wardley, Joe Murphy, Joe Rudkin, Shaun Avis (Craig Calver – 66 mins), Graeme Turner (James Crane – 72 mins), Louis Harper (Darren Bicknell – 81 mins).

● The Bloods reserves were made to pay for missing their chances in a 2-1 defeat at home to Woodbridge.

Tom Richardson had six attempts to open the scoring as Walden dominated the first half-hour.

But the second half was a different story as Woodbridge took control and it was no surprise they broke the deadlock in the 55th minute when Schaar strolled through the Walden defence to score. The same player then added a second 10 minutes from time.

Ross Laird thumped home following a corner for Walden, but it proved only to be a late consolation.

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