Football: Bloods’ reserves pick up six points to keep in promotion hunt

PUBLISHED: 09:41 10 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:41 10 April 2013

James Crane in action for Walden reserves on Saturday

James Crane in action for Walden reserves on Saturday


SAFFRON Walden Town Reserves consolidated their second place in the Thurlow Nunn Reserves League Division 1 table after taking maximum points from two games.

Two home wins – both 1-0 against AFC Sudbury on Saturday and Newmarket Town at Catons Lane on Tuesday – kept the team four points above third place.

Saturday’s victory, played in front of the best crowd of the season, was tense. Chances were hard to come by as both defences dominated. It took until the 36th minute for Walden to register an attempt on target, with when Graeme Turner’s header from a free kick was saved.

After the break, Dan Manser and Turner went close. The turning point came on 70 minutes when James Crane gave away a needless penalty, tripping a player who was going away from goal, just a couple of feet inside the box. Keeper Patrick Yates, who had only had one save to make up to that point, made a brilliant one-handed save from a well struck kick from Lee Ifield.

The breakthrough finally came in the 79th minute when Crane crossed from the left, Turner headed goalwards and Rudkin – in the team to get some much-needed match practice – got the last touch as the ball ended up in the net.

On Tuesday, against Newmarket, Dan Manser came off the bench to grab the only goal of the game to cement second place.

The reserves have another vital game on Saturday, away to promotion rivals Walsham-le-Willows Reserves, after which they have just two more games to go to an exciting climax to the end of the season.

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