Bloods boss regrets errors in FA Vase exit at Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 14:40 26 October 2016 | UPDATED: 14:40 26 October 2016

Manager Stuart Wardley shows his disgust during the game. Picture: Steve Betts

Manager Stuart Wardley shows his disgust during the game. Picture: Steve Betts


Stuart Wardley says his Saffron Walden Town side ‘shot themselves in the foot’ after they surrendered a one-goal lead to crash out of the FA Vase 3-1 at Welwyn Garden City on Saturday.

The Bloods deservedly led with an hour gone through Shaun Avis’ penalty and it should have been two as Marc Abbot saw his 33rd-minute spot-kick brilliantly saved by keeper Olly Leslie.

However, things seemed to unravel from the point Taishan Griffith lashed home the equaliser.

Josh Bronti capitalised on some dodgy defending to put City 2-1 up in the 67th minute and things got worse for Town moments later as Solkhon received a second yellow card for a trip on Ben Long.

Bronti rubber-stamped the victory in added-time and although the home side also had Lewis Endacott dismissed late on, Wardley was left disappointed by Walden’s Vase exit.

Boss Wardley told the Reporter: “I thought the sending-off killed us.

“That and the second goal left us on the back foot.

“When you’re on top like that you’ve got to score goals. We missed the first penalty and we had some good chances and although the keeper made some good saves we shot ourselves in the foot.”

Town now turn their attentions back to Thurlow Nunn Premier Division matters with Long Melford at home up next tomorrow night (Friday).

“We’ve got some tough games coming up now so we’re hoping to bounce back, starting with Long Melford.”

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