Boss baffled by Saffron Walden Town’s Catons Lane curse this season

PUBLISHED: 09:15 17 December 2015 | UPDATED: 09:24 17 December 2015

Saffron Walden Town manager Stuart Wardley

Saffron Walden Town manager Stuart Wardley


Stuart Wardley remains baffled after the Catons Lane curse continued in the FA Vase third round against 10-man Berkhamsted on Saturday,

The Bloods trailed 2-0 at the break thanks to Steve Hawes’ superb curler and an Adam Mead penalty but made use of the strong wind to battle back into the game. Yet despite goals from James Thomas and Jamie Solkhon, and Hawes’ 91st-minute dismissal, they exited the competition 3-2.

Despite a bumper crowd of 323 willing Walden into the fourth round for the second time in as many seasons, they could not deliver and together with just one point from their opening six home Thurlow Nunn Premier Division games, it was another case of home discomfort for Town.

Manager Wardley told the Reporter: “We do seem to play a lot better away from home than we do at home.

“I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s the big crowds and the expectations, I can’t put my finger on it.

“It’s a weird one but not something we want to continue for too much longer because we want to finish as high as we can in the league this season and dropped points at home will not help us.”

Wardley pinpointed a first half performance that “killed” Town but still praised his side’s second period fight.

He continued: “We gave ourselves a mountain to climb at half-time but the challenge didn’t phase our lads and I was proud of their spirited showing in the second half. It was a shame we just didn’t have enough to get it to extra-time.

“On another day we could have won that 4-3 with the amount of chances we made but that’s football.

“It would have great to repeat what we did last season however we won’t beat ourselves up too much because we have some important league matters to come.

“We’re not looking forward to a long trip to Gorleston in our next game [this Saturday] but we’ve been playing really well on the road so we can bounce back from this.”

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