Fakenham Town clash is a "six-pointer" says Saffron Walden Town boss

PUBLISHED: 13:40 15 January 2016 | UPDATED: 13:40 15 January 2016

Saffron Walden Town manager Stuart Wardley

Saffron Walden Town manager Stuart Wardley

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Stuart Wardley has labelled this Saturday's Thurlow Nunn Premier League clash with second-bottom Fakenham Town at Catons Lane a "six-pointer".

The Bloods sit three places but, crucially, only two points above their weekend adversaries prior to the encounter.

Just 12 days ago, Fakenham snatched a last-minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw, preventing Walden from sealing a sixth away win of the season.

Having seen last Saturday’s trip to FC Clacton washed out, Wardley knows the importance of claiming all the points against Fakenham and taking a giant step towards maintaining their spot in the division for a second successive season.

Wardley told the Reporter: “In my view it’s definitely a six-pointer.

“I looked at the table the other day and it’s so tight at the bottom, but then again a couple of wins and you can pull yourself away from danger so it’s doable.

“We know that a defeat could be costly come the end of the season so it’s a must-not-lose game.”

Walden were much the better side in the pair’s previous meeting at the start of the month but the great leveller this weekend could be the venue. Catons Lane has not been a happy home for Saffron, delivering just one point from seven games since promotion.

Wardley continued: “Playing at home has not been that good for us this season but whenever we do have a big game, the boys step up to the plate and I expect a similar reaction on Saturday.

“Everyone knows the importance of the game so we have to be psychologically ready and put our poor form to the back of our minds.”

The hosts will be attempting to take a first league win of the season without ex-captain Ben Lawrence, who left the club 10 days ago and the boss paid tribute to his former skipper.

Wardley said: “Ben is a big loss for the club.

“He was a true leader both on and off the pitch but he wasn’t enjoying it so we couldn’t stand in his way.”

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