Laid takes his chance as Saffron Walden Town sink Fakenham in Ridgeons League

PUBLISHED: 08:42 26 August 2010

Saffron W alden Town FC vs Fakenham.

Saffron Walden.

August 21, 2010.

Photograph by Michael Boyton.

Pic shows: Action from the match.

Saffron W alden Town FC vs Fakenham. Saffron Walden. August 21, 2010. Photograph by Michael Boyton. Pic shows: Action from the match.

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SAFFRON Walden Town FC clinched a 2-1 victory over Fakenham Town in the Ridgeons League First Division on Saturday.

SAFFRON Walden Town FC clinched a 2-1 victory over Fakenham Town in the Ridgeons League First Division on Saturday.

Striker Mitchell Das continued his scoring form to put the Bloods in the lead at Catons Lane by curling his free kick around a four-man wall after six minutes.

Making a rare appearance for the first team, Ross Laid doubled the Bloods’ lead in the second half after beating Fakenham’s defence with his pace and then goalkeeper Tom Rix with his shot on 54 minutes.

Das was unlucky not to grab a second in the match. His shot found the back of the net, but the linesman blew for offside. From the free kick the ball was launched into the Bloods’ penalty area and the referee blew for a handball off Dan Hammett.

Fakenham’s Stephen Harvey knocked in the spot kick for a consolation goal deep into extra time after 96 minutes.

Assistant manager John Butchart said: “We looked comfortable at 2-0 up and I think we should probably have won 3-0. The referee made some poor decisions at the end of the match by disallowing Mitchell’s 
goal and then giving a penalty against us.

“We had to rely on the depth of our squad for this match and I think that the players we drafted in played really well.

“Ross has come up through the ranks at Walden and he’s impressed playing for the A team and the reserves. He holds the ball up well and it was great for him to get on the score sheet.

“We try to give as many other players as we can the opportunity to play for the first team. It’s a real incentive to try hard and play well – anyone could get a call up.”

Saffron Walden created plenty of chances throughout the game with Graeme Turner and Brad Green both making opportunities to grab themselves a goal.

At the back Ronnie Yates made two good stops against danger man Julian Delicata. Defenders Hammett and Dan Debley both put in solid shifts and were unlucky to concede in the final moments.

On Saturday Saffron Walden are in action in the FA Cup at Catons Lane. The Bloods face Ryman League Great Wakering Rovers in the Preliminary Round.

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