Bloods warm up for Chesham United FA Cup showdown with gritty Ely City league triumph

PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 September 2016

Marc Abbot slams home his penalty

Marc Abbot slams home his penalty

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Stuart Wardley's Saffron Walden Town warmed up for Saturday's mammoth FA Cup first round qualifying encounter at Southern League Premier side Chesham United with a dramatic 3-2 Thurlow Premier Division win at Ely City on Tuesday night.

Marc Abbot was the hero for the visitors notching a late penalty to see Walden rise to fifth in the table.

Dan Grindrod nearly scored with a ninth minute volley, which went just wide, but within a minute Craig Calver took the ball into the box and laid it back for Matt Snelling to slam a shot home from 25 yards.

Walden settled on the lead, but in the 25th minute Jake Noble gave a free-kick away on the edge of the area and Ashley Walker equalised with a dipping effort.

The Bloods made a bright start to the second half, and regained the lead in the 48th minute when a quickly-taken free-kick on the edge of the box was spilled by the Ely keeper and Grindrod was on hand to pounce and score from close range.

Again Walden sat back and looked if they would see the game out until Ely claimed another free-kick on the edge of the box eight minutes from time and substitute George Darling struck another equaliser.

Walden didn’t back down though and three minutes from the end Perry Moody played a long pass which split the Ely defence open.

Charlie Dicker raced forward and tried to go around the Ely keeper, who bundled him to the ground, and a penalty was awarded to Walden.

Up stepped Abbot to secure the three points.

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