FA Cup result: Spirited town suffer 3-1 defeat
PUBLISHED: 15:05 01 September 2010
TWO spirited performances from Saffron Walden Town ensured that they left a mark on the FA cup despite coming up short against higher level opposition.
Drawn against Ryman league outfit Great Wakering Rovers, The Bloods managed a superb 1-1 result on Saturday before finally being defeated 3-1 in the replay on Tuesday night.
Catons Lane was packed for Saturday’s game as Walden strolled out alongside Rovers.
Not daunted by the fixture the home side played with gusto and spirit and scored first courtesy of a goal well taken by skilful striker Brad Green.
However, it was heartbreak for The Bloods as an 80th minute equaliser was scored by 18-year-old substitute Billy Johnson to secure a Tuesday night replay down at Burroughs Park.
In the second bout of this FA Preliminary Qualifying Round tie Walden continued to do themselves justice. But they succumbed to the quality of Rovers who no doubt played better on home turf.
Two goals either side of half time provided a devastating blow as Walden found themselves 2-0 down despite goalkeeper Ronnie Yates saving a penalty.
However, in the FA cup anything can happen, and hopes were raised when young starlet Spike Bell displayed a brilliant piece of individual skill after being set up by substitute Ross Laird.
The striker managed to cap what was arguably the best move of the match when he turned the Rovers defence inside out, beat two men, than slammed the ball home to make the score 2-1 with 20 minutes to go.
Despite the best efforts of his determined teammates however it was not to be. As Saffron pushed forward looking for a way back gaps began to appear.
The home side took advantage with ten minutes to go as Walden were breached for a third time. Rovers played the ball through the middle and striker Dan Williams had the final say firing home for a 3-1 win.
It was a tough result on a young Bloods team, but surely league and cup success will come soon.
This Saturday Walden will get another chance at cup glory. They are playing in the FA Vase away at Buckingham Town. Kick-off 3pm.
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