Ex-Tractor Boy strikes to extend Saffron Walden Town's below-par run

PUBLISHED: 14:32 09 November 2016 | UPDATED: 14:32 09 November 2016

Craig Calver. Picture: Steve Betts

Craig Calver. Picture: Steve Betts

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Former Ipswich Town academy striker Nick Ingram's second-half lob took Saffron Walden Town's winless run to four matches on Saturday.

Having last won in the middle of last month, a 5-0 hammering of basement club FC Clacton, the Bloods were hoping to add another three points to their tally and move away from the relegation zone. However, this wasn’t to be.

Town had an early scare from a corner, which almost gave the hosts an early lead.

Spike Bell did well to stop the ball on the goal-line and clear from danger.

The visitors’ first chance came from Graeme Turner.

The forward beat the experienced Daniel Crump with an angled lob from distance, but with the keeper beaten, the ball landed on the roof of the net.

Not long after Turner’s attempt, Ryan Fleming came close with a header from a corner that flew wide of the post.

In an even game, Town keeper Lee Pacey then denied Ingram with a smart stop.

With minutes of the first half to go, Felixstowe’s Chris William managed to get past the Bloods’ defence and looked almost certain to score, but Pacey got down well and saved his effort, allowing Wardley to clear the ball away.

Eight minutes into the second half, and Felixstowe were ahead.

Pacey came off his line to try and tighten the angle but Ingram’s finish was precise and dropped perfectly into the net.

With 20 minutes left, assistant Jason Maher replaced Marc Abbot with Joe Murphy as he looked to bolster the midfield.

Minutes later Turner believed he had scored with an excellent long-range effort from out wide, but Crane was adjudged offside before supplying Turner.

Moments later Turner had another great chance after Crump palmed away an effort from Craig Calver.

Latching onto the rebound on the edge of the six-yard box he could only smash the ball into the side netting.

The hosts almost doubled their lead before the final whistle but Pacey made a brilliant fingertip save which lifted the ball over the bar.

Walden travel to Fakenham Town on Saturday.

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