Harris sucker punch at the death denies Bloods vital Premier Division victory
PUBLISHED: 10:50 07 January 2016 | UPDATED: 10:50 07 January 2016
Robbie Harris’ late, late equaliser cancelled out Craig Calver’s 86th-minute strike to deny Saffron Walden Town a sixth away league win of the campaign on Saturday.
The Bloods looked to have sneaked a vital win against their second bottom hosts thanks to the midfielder’s strike but Walden’s relegation fears could not be eased with another three points, in the end having to settle for a 1-1 draw.
It was the fifth time this season that Walden have been denied points deep into injury time.
As early as the seventh minute Joe Murphy headed a corner against the unguarded left-hand post, but other than that, clear scoring chances were hard to come by in an evenly-contested first half, and the first 45 minutes ended with the game very much in the balance.
Walden started the second half well, and Jamie Solkhon had the best chance of the game in the 48th minute with a free header from six yards out, which bounced down, hit the keeper, and was deflected over the bar for another corner which came to nothing.
At the other end, Josh Youngs headed the ball onto the top of the crossbar for Fakenham, also from a corner, and there was little to choose between the two teams as the match entered the closing stages.
However, the all-important first goal was stolen via a sweet move in four minutes from the end.
A superb diagonal pass from substitute Neil Andrews gave Calver space on the left, and his effort duly found the far corner of the net.
The Bloods looked comfortable as the match entered the fourth minute of added time, but with the ball in their possession, it was needlessly played forward, and went out for a goal-kick.
The Fakenham keeper punted the ball upfield in one last desperate attack, it found its way through to Harris who knocked the ball over the advancing Floyd Croll and agonisingly into the far corner of the net for 1-1.
Next Saturday, Saffron Walden have another tough away match against FC Clacton, before facing Fakenham again, this time at home, the following Saturday.
Saffron Walden Town: Floyd Croll, Jamie Dicker (Paul Abbot, 55), Jamie Solkhon, Marc Abbot, Stuart Hoskins, Ryan Fleming, Craig Calver, Jake Thompson, (James Crane, 55), Joe Murphy (Neil Andrews, 80), Spike Bell, Louis Harper.