Five-star Chesham United put paid to Saffron Walden Town’s FA Cup aspirations

PUBLISHED: 18:52 03 September 2016 | UPDATED: 14:17 07 September 2016

Stuart Wardley. Picture: Jamie Pluck

Stuart Wardley. Picture: Jamie Pluck

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Saffron Walden Town’s FA Cup run came to an end at the first round qualifying round stage as they were beaten 5-0 by Southern League Premier side Chesham United at the Meadow this afternoon (Saturday).

With two divisions separating the sides, the Bloods were understandably under the cosh for much of the cup tie and Dave Pearce’s 39th minute opener for the hosts – an 18-yard curler that left Town keeper Lee Pacey clawing at thin air – was scant reward for a domineering display.

Town needed a good start to the second half to maintain their interest in this year’s competition but Brad Wadkins’ quick-fire headed double gave Chesham, who lost to League One Bradford City in the second round proper back in 2015, a commanding lead with an hour on the clock.

Pearce hit the right note for his second, and the home side’s fourth, in the 70th minute, pouncing on a stray ball to tap home from a few yards out.

Chesham’s passage was assured with a minute to go as substitute Max Blake lashed beyond Pacey on the angle as the Buckinghamshire side waltzed into second round qualifying.

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