Bloods keep promotion hopes alive

PUBLISHED: 15:31 14 April 2015 | UPDATED: 15:31 14 April 2015

Craig Calver. Picture: Jamie Pluck

Craig Calver. Picture: Jamie Pluck

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Goals from Craig Calver and Matt Snelling kept Saffron Walden Town's promotion hopes alive in a 2-0 win over AFC Sudbury on Saturday.

Saffron Walden Town

01 Floyd Croll

02 Spike Bell

03 Jamie Solkhon

04 Matt Snelling (James Crane – 73)

05 Ben Lawrence

06 Chris Reid

07 Craig Calver (Peter Davies – 78)

08 Greg Strong

09 Neil Andrews

10 Shaun Avis

11 Louis Harper (Joe Murphy - 73)

Substitutes

12 James Crane

14 Peter Davies

15 Joe Murphy

16 Stuart Wardley

The Bloods are fourth in the Thurlow Nunn First Division, one place outside of the automatic play-off spots, and level on points with Great Yarmouth, who have a game in hand, with two games remaining.

Two wins, including a victory in a final-day showdown with Yarmouth, could be enough to salvage promotion is a season that has stuttered in its final stages.

On Saturday Walden showed no signs of the inconsistency that has plagued them recently, although their finishing touch evaded them in the first half.

They flew out of the blocks early looking to take the advantage but were frustrated by Louis Johnson in the Sudbury goal. Jamie Solkhon had the best chance, but his second-minute header was hacked off the line.

The ever-reliable Calver dug Walden out of their slump with a goal inside five minutes of the restart. Chris Reid found the striker on the left and his deep cross, somewhat fortuitously, struck the far post before nestling in the goal.

The opening goal led to the second as Walden poured forward. Calver stung the hands of Johnson before, just after the hour mark, Matt Snelling smashed Shaun Avis’ knockdown into the net to double the advantage.

With the points wrapped up, the Bloods stayed in attack mode in an effort to improve their goal difference but two was all they could muster as Johnson denied Solkhon and Peter Davies late on.

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