Bloods drawn at home to Whitton in FA Vase

PUBLISHED: 14:55 08 October 2014 | UPDATED: 14:56 08 October 2014

Spike Bell.

Spike Bell.

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Saffron Walden Town will play Whitton United in the first round proper of the FA Vase.

The clash will take place on Saturday, November 1.

The Bloods earned their place in the next round by beating Debenham Leisure Centre 3-1 in the second qualifying round on Saturday.

Four fantastic goals decided this tie.

In the first wintry conditions encountered this season the Bloods emerged victorious in a competitive match between two of the best teams in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division this season.

The deadlock was broken four minutes before the interval as Craig Calver received the ball on the left.

From at least 30 yards he took it forward a few yards before curling a superb shot into the top right hand corner.

Walden made a particularly strong start to the second half and added a second on the hour mark.

A free-kick fell to Spike Bell and he hit an unstoppable left-footed shot into the top left-hand corner from 20 yards.

Debenham, however, replied within two minutes with another excellent goal.

Substitute James Heathcote, the league’s current leading goalscorer, received the ball 30 yards from goal took it forward and unleashed a powerful drive that flew into the net just inside the right hand post.

There was a good battle for the next few minutes, but in the 70th minute Calver won the ball on the edge of the box, shielded it well before laying off a pass to Bell.

He beat a player and blasted the ball into the far corner of the goal to restore Walden’s two-goal advantage and ultimately settle the tie.

Bell briefly thought he had completed his hat-trick in the 75th minute, but the goal was disallowed for offside.

n Walden are in Thurlow Nunn League First Division Knock-out cup action against Needham Market on Saturday.

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