Bloods bag Chell Trophy silverware

PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 March 2018

Saffron Walden Reserves celebrate winning the Chell Trophy

Saffron Walden Reserves celebrate winning the Chell Trophy

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Saffron Walden Town Reserves were crowned Chell Trophy winners after they beat Stowmarket Town Reserves at Halstead last Wednesday.

The Bloods didn’t take the lead until just before half time, but once they did they were always in control and Keith Dicker’s side secured silverware with a second soon after the break.

Saffron Walden had already gone close on a couple of occasions before they finally did make the breakthrough.

Greg Strong controlled a ball over the Stowmarket defence and rattled home a shot from a tight angle to show his pedigree just before the break.

Bloods made the game safe 10 minutes after half time when Coby Game chased after a loose ball and slotted home following a mistake from the opposition defence.

It could have been more than 2-0 had Stowmarket goalkeeper Ben Hicks not produced a number of fine saves.

But it didn’t matter in the end, as Walden secured the Chell Trophy to the delight of boss Dicker, who said: “The effort of the team was first class and we play to develop lads and want to work the ball from the back.

“We want to play proper football and we have won a trophy by doing that. I also want to thank Glen Wilkinson, James Hayden and under-18 manager Nike Riccio for helping develop these players.”

Saffron Walden Town Reserves: Harvey, Game (captain), Strong, Garratt, Cunning, Weeks, Davies, Naylor, Tarman, Moir, Dicker. Unused substitutes: Bates, Pluck, Brown, Kibblewhite, Lock.

*Saffron Walden Town’s first team will look to join the reserves in bringing some cheer to the club over the next few days.

March has proved to be a forgettable month for the Bloods with Stuart Wardley’s side losing three times since smashing Fakenham Town 7-0 on February 24.

They lost at Haverhill Borough (2-1), then fell short away to Hadleigh United (1-0) and went down again at Brantham Athletic (2-1) last weekend.

Charlie Portway scored a late penalty for the Bloods as they suffered a third loss in a row in the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League Premier Division.

Wardley’s men will aim to bounce back on Saturday when they host Hadleigh United at Catons Lane, before they make the trip to Histon on Easter Monday.

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