Bloods’ away run ended by own goal

PUBLISHED: 09:32 31 December 2014 | UPDATED: 09:36 31 December 2014

Chris Reid scored for Walden on Boxing Day

Chris Reid scored for Walden on Boxing Day

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An own goal in the fifth minute of added time ended Saffron Walden Town’s remarkable run of 10 consecutive away league wins, and was the first goal conceded in over seven league matches, a total of 640 minutes.

To say the Bloods’ defence has been stout would be an epic understatement and the team is rightly sitting at the summit of the Thurlow Nunn First Division heading into 2015.

Stuart Wardley’s side are top by a single point from Long Melford and they also have two games in hand.

The Bloods could have had a three-point cushion if not for a stroke of bad luck in the 95th minute in their Boxing Day derby against Haverhill Borough.

An 11th consecutive away win looked assured as Walden closed in on a 1-0 win courtesy of Chris Reid’s first-half header. But they couldn’t hold out as a hopeful punt into the box was deflected by goalkeeper Floyd Croll onto Ben Lawrence and the ball trickled over the line.

The result should only be a minor setback in what has been an unbelievable season for Wardley’s troops. Fifteen wins from 18 games, and only one loss, has them on track for automatic promotion.

Chairman Martin Johnson said: “2014 has been the first full year for Saffron Walden Town FC as a fully member-owned club, and so much has happened on and off the pitch that in looking back on the year it is hard to know where to begin.

“The first thing to say is a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to making this great club what it is.

“The priority for the year ahead has to be to build on the progress we have made, and to keep working hard to bring success to the club, both on and off the field.

“Promotion to the Eastern Counties Premier Division is now a real possibility for the first team, although there is a lot of work still to do and we want to go as far as we can in the FA Vase, and the Reserves can also have some real success this season.”

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