Felixstowe and Walton United steal the points at Saffron Walden Town Reserves

PUBLISHED: 10:15 14 January 2016 | UPDATED: 12:57 14 January 2016

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The best team does not always win in football, and Saffron Walden Town Reserves' home loss to Felixstowe and Walton United on Saturday was one of those occasions.

A young Reserves side, featuring eight youth team players, took the game to the experienced visitors, and created by far the better scoring chances, but were unlucky to suffer a narrow 1-0 defeat.

A decisive moment in the game came in the 14th minute when Ben Morrell turned his defender and fired the ball low into the corner of the goal. The Felixstowe club linesman incorrectly flagged for offside, and the referee, who otherwise had a good game, disallowed the goal, which would have been a just reward for Walden’s play up to that point.

Two minutes later, Paul Wood made a fine save from Connor Field’s shot, and Walden responded within a minute with a great through-ball from Peter Davies to Morrell, whose angled shot went over the keeper but also the crossbar.

Ryan Dewey perhaps should have scored with a free header from a corner, and in the 38th minute, Morell’s free-kick was spilled by the keeper and cleared off the goal-line.

A minute before the interval Morrell hit a low shot against the right hand post, and Jake Thompson hit the rebound inches wide of the left hand post in a first half that the young Bloods deserved to be at least a couple of goals ahead.

Early in the second half, James Richardson headed a corner just wide, but out of the blue, Felixstowe opened the scoring when a long through-ball found Kyron Andrews and his 20-yard effort flew into the corner of the net.

There was a definite difference in the style of play from the two sides. Felixstowe preferred to play long high balls forward, where-as the young Walden team played a more attractive passing and running game in the heavy conditions,

Walden’s best efforts in the second half were from a Morrell free-kick which went just wide, and a diving header from Ryan Dewey, which just missed the target.

Coby Game hit a volley just wide, and Dan Murphy-Moore had two powerful shots which both flashed over the bar.

Felixstowe held on for the win, but it was an entertaining game, and a very encouraging performance from the talented Walden youngsters.

This Saturday, Walden Reserves are away to Brantham Athletic Reserves.

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