Bloods look to bounce back on home turf after Borough inflict last-minute heartache

PUBLISHED: 09:00 15 March 2018

Lewis Francis scored Saffron Walden Town's goal against Haverhill Borough (pic SWTFC)

Lewis Francis scored Saffron Walden Town's goal against Haverhill Borough (pic SWTFC)

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Saffron Walden Town are set to welcome Great Yarmouth to Catons Lane for their next Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League Premier Division test on Saturday (3pm).

And the Bloods will be looking to bounce back from their 2-1 loss at Haverhill Borough last Friday evening.

A last-minute header from Cameron Watson left them empty handed at a damp New Croft.

But the home side started well, with Ryan Weaver and Charlie Holmes denied by a goalline clearance and the post.

Walden took the lead before the break when a free-kick reached Lewis Francis and he fired home.

But Borough were back on level terms in somewhat fortunate circumstances when Rory Bone’s shot took a deflection to beat Neil O’Sullivan on 75 minutes.

It looked like the Bloods would claim a share of the spoils as the clock ticked down, until a late corner from Ryan Swallow found Watson to nod home.

There was disappointment for Saffron Walden Town Reserves too, as they lost 2-1 at home to their Witham Town rivals.

Relentless running by James Crane led to an own goal to put the Bloods ahead but Pedro Da Silva was then adjudged to have fouled a Witham striker and was shown a straight red card.

Charlie Dicker, Sac Hassan and Tom Pluck gave 10-man Walden a new lease of life, but Witham levelled midway through the second half and went on to win it.

Joe Brown was named man of the match for Walden, who face Stowmarket Town Reserves in the Chell Cup final at Halstead Town on March 21.

*Thaxted Rangers ran out 5-1 winneers over Clare Town in their Cambs League Division 1A clash.

Both sides were promoted last season, when Clare came back from three goals down to win 4-3 in one of their meetings.

But Thaxted followed up a 6-1 win from their first encounter this term a few weeks earlier with another convincing success to banish memories of that defeat.

The hosts deservedly took the lead on 15 minutes, but had a player sent off early in the second half, which proved a key moment.

Andy Macdowell levelled with a stunning left-footed strike, with Charlie Daniels rounding the Clare keeper to make it 2-1.

Macdowell headed a third, before Daniels struck twice more to complete his hat-trick to lift Thaxted up to second in the table.

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