Battered Bloods in bid to bounce back

PUBLISHED: 09:30 07 December 2018

Saffron Walden Town are playing in the Essex Senior League (pic Jamie Pluck)

Saffron Walden Town are playing in the Essex Senior League (pic Jamie Pluck)

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Saffron Walden Town return to Essex Senior League action this weekend after crashing out of the Essex Senior Cup in midweek.

The Bloods will welcome Ilford to Catons Lane on Saturday as they look to secure a quickfire double over their opponents – having beaten them 3-0 away from home just last week.

Goals from Craig Calver, Marcus Crowther and Tom Lakin helped them seal the win when the two sides met at Cricklefield Stadium last Wednesday.

And Jason Maher’s men will also be hoping to bounce back from Tuesday night’s heavy 8-1 defeat to National League South side Billericay Town, the holders.

A hat-trick from Devonte Aransibia, a brace from Adam Coombes, and goals from Paul Rooney, Sam Deering and Adam Cunnington sealed the Blues’ progress into the quarter-finals.

Marcus Crowther netted a consolation goal for his side in front of a bumper 417-strong crowd at Catons Lane.

Coombes opened the scoring in the 14th minute for the visitors as he slotted the ball home with great composure.

The former Welling United attacker then grabbed his second of the match as he stepped up and fired home from the penalty spot nine minutes later.

Aransibia made it 3-0 as he netted his first goal for Billericay in the 28th minute.

Paul Rooney rubbed salt into the Walden wounds as he headed home from the back post in added time to take a 4-0 lead into the half-time break.

Billericay put the Bloods on the back foot straight after the re-start and Aransibia netted his second in the 50th minute as his shot trickled in after he scuffed it.

Nine minutes later the visitors had something to cheer about as Crowther fired a shot past experienced goalkeeper Alan Julian to reduce the deficit to 5-1.

Their fightback didn’t last long as midfielder Deering curled an effort in off the post to make it 6-1 in the 71st minute.

Aransibia then completed his hat-trick in the 85th minute, before substitute Cunnington smashed home a rebound after a Coombes shot had been blocked three minutes later to seal a comfortable 8-1 win.

The fourth-placed Bloods are now out of the county cup competition and can focus entirely onto the league campaign as they look to chase down the front-runners.

They are four points off top spot with a game in hand.

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