Club record falls as Walden prosper away from home

PUBLISHED: 10:51 18 December 2014 | UPDATED: 10:51 18 December 2014

Saffron Walden Town and Dereham Town Reserves players get together before the game to remember the first world war Christmas Day truce of 100 years ago. Picture: Paul Daw

Saffron Walden Town and Dereham Town Reserves players get together before the game to remember the first world war Christmas Day truce of 100 years ago. Picture: Paul Daw

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Saffron Walden Town’s 2014/15 team set a new club record on Saturday as they notched up their 10th consecutive win away from home in the Thurlow Nunn First Division.

It’s a run that stretches back to the finale of last season, when the Bloods beat Ipswich Wanderers 3-0. The other nine wins have all come this season, with the most recent coming on Saturday at Dereham Town Reserves.

Craig Calver broke the deadlock in the 40th minute. Graeme Turner whipped in the ball from the right and, showing the confidence of a player who went into the game with 15 goals, Calver volleyed the ball past Dereham’s goalkeeper.

Louis Harper made the game safe with a thunderous strike from the edge of the box in the 81st minute to ensure Walden took their points tally away from home to 27.

More records could tumble this season as Walden look to put together one of the most dominant years in the club’s history and earn promotion to the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division.

The Bloods are closing in on the club’s consecutive clean sheet record. The 1984/85 team set the standard with seven and Walden currently have eight clean sheets in the last 10 games and five-in-a-row in the league. The Knockout Cup loss to Haverhill Borough scuppered Walden’s hopes of equalling that record before the New Year, but they have kept teams out in the last three games so it could fall as early as January.

Stuart Wardley’s charges are also unbeaten in 14 league games but they will some way to go to equal the record of 29 matches in all competitions set in the 1982/82 season.

But, they are one win away from having a very impressive feather in their cap. If Walden win on Saturday at home against Cornard United (3pm kick-off), they will have won every weekend game this season, except the FA Cup draw with Welwyn Garden City.

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