Essex Senior Cup exit for Saffron Walden Town

PUBLISHED: 10:24 01 October 2015 | UPDATED: 10:24 01 October 2015

Spike Bell. Picture: Jamie Pluck

Spike Bell. Picture: Jamie Pluck

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Saffron Walden Town lost a five-goal thriller going down 3-2 to Ilford at the Cricklefield Stadium in the Essex Senior Cup second round.

The hosts took the lead on Wednesday night with 12 minutes on the clock through Ryan Young.

Ilford were not ahead for long as James Thomas levelled from the penalty spot for Walden after he was fouled by Karolis Atutis with the Ilford player sent-off for a second yellow card.

The Bloods were then also reduced to 10 men as keeper Floyd Croll was dismissed for fouling Carl Mullings and also gave away a penalty.

The kick was converted by Glen Warwick to again hand Ilford the lead.

The entertaining clash then saw The Bloods level on the stroke of half-time as Joe Murphy netted to make it 2-2.

With 23 minutes to play Ilford grabbed the winner as Chris Weber fired in.

The drama was not quite finished though as Walden were awarded a second penalty on 86 minutes when Spike Bell was fouled.

However, keeper Ally McAnaly saved Thomas’ effort to ensure his side a place in the next round.

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