Bloods Reserves wrap up title

PUBLISHED: 09:58 09 April 2015 | UPDATED: 09:58 09 April 2015

JJ Anderson, centre, is congratulated after scoring Walden's second goal. Picture: Jamie Pluck

JJ Anderson, centre, is congratulated after scoring Walden's second goal. Picture: Jamie Pluck

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Saffron Walden Town Reserves beat Whitton United Reserves 3-2 to clinch the Thurlow Nunn Reserve League Division One title on Saturday.

Danny Manser scored the Bloods' first goal. Picture: Jamie PluckDanny Manser scored the Bloods' first goal. Picture: Jamie Pluck

Ray Manser’s side sit 11 points clear at the top of the table having walked the division this season, winning 12 of 14 games and wracking up 34 goals.

Saturday’s was not the vintage performance the reserves have come to expect this year as a resilient Whitton side took the lead inside five minutes.

Ray Addison received the ball on the edge of the box, skillfully manoeuvred three players, drew out goalkeeper Jason Harvey and tucked it into the bottom corner.

It was only the 13th goal Walden have conceded this season and it took them 20 minutes to recover, Danny Manser, right, rounding the Whitton goalkeeper before passing into an empty net.

JJ Anderson gave Walden the lead for the first time shortly before the break. The Whitton defenders allowed Anderson too much space and he made them pay as he found a way through a crowded box to score.

Addison was the focal point of the visitors’ attacks and he doubled his tally with 20 minutes to play. The Bloods had threatened at the other end but Addison showed a clinical edge that eluded the hosts, passing the ball past Harvey to level the game.

With 10 minutes left, Max Drane scored the winning goal, hitting a speculative long-range shot past the unsighted goalkeeper to hand Walden the title.

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