Bloods boss Stuart Wardley wants FA Vase run

PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 October 2016

Saffron Walden Town manager Stuart Wardley

Saffron Walden Town manager Stuart Wardley


Stuart Wardley is relieved his Saffron Walden Town side have escaped ‘a rut’ as they head to Welwyn Garden City for their FA Vase first round proper clash on Saturday.

The Bloods thumped basement club FC Clacton 5-0 in Thurlow Nunn Premier Division action last weekend to end a five-game winless run which included a 3-0 defeat at Hadleigh United that boss Wardley described as the ‘worst his side has played in years’.

With goalscoring form and a win under their belts, he now wants Town to put a run together in the FA Vase and go further than two seasons ago when they reached the fourth round.

Wardley told the Reporter: “We were in a rut before Clacton and leaking a few goals so the reaction I got was a vast improvement from the last few games.

“Now we’re looking ahead to Welwyn Garden City and getting the win there.

“The FA Cup is always big but I said to the lads that if you win a couple of rounds in the Vase you’re soon into the latter stages like two years ago.

“Welwyn aren’t in the best of form but we know they’ll want to win as much as us so it’s about who can perform better on the day.”

One man Walden will be hoping can replicate his form from the Clacton demolition is Shaun Avis.

The forward, who only rejoined the club in August, slammed a hat-trick on Saturday and is now the Bloods’ leading scorer.

Wardley continued: “When he’s on form and scoring goals he’s a terrific asset.”

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