James Thomas double helps Bloods to third straight away win

PUBLISHED: 12:21 10 December 2015 | UPDATED: 12:21 10 December 2015

Saffron Walden Town's Louis Harper set up James Thomas for his second goal at Newmarket Town

Saffron Walden Town's Louis Harper set up James Thomas for his second goal at Newmarket Town

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Two goals from James Thomas were enough to give the Bloods their fourth consecutive away win in difficult windy conditions away to promotion-chasing Newmarket on Friday evening (December 4).

Both teams came into the match in good form, and after a well-contested opening quarter to the game, Walden opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when Ryan Fleming skilfully skipped over a defender’s tackle on the right flank, and hit a superb cross for Thomas to head home from about eight yards out.

Craig Calver nearly increased the lead, but it only took Newmarket five minutes after the goal to equalise.

A high cross into the box caught the wind, and came down under the waiting Steve Holder, who headed home from beyond the far post.

The lively Thomas created a couple of dangerous chances as Walden thoroughly deserved to be level at the interval, kicking against the strong wind.

Louis Harper scraped the top of the bar two minutes into the second half, and Graeme Turner headed inches wide, before Walden keeper Floyd Croll made a fine save from a header from Jake Wayne.

The decisive moment of the match when Harper slipped the ball to Thomas on the right in the 61st minute, and he did tremendously well to squeeze the ball past the keeper from an acute angle, and in off the far post to make it 2-1.

Both teams found it difficult to play in the strong wind, and clear chances were hard to come by in a competitive conclusion to the match.

Croll held on to a long-range shot from Scott Patterson, and Dan Grindrod had a free-kick pushed away at full stretch by Dan Heath in the closing minutes, as Walden held on for a fine victory that lifts them to 14th in the table.

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