Lucky Clacton see off Saffron Walden Town
PUBLISHED: 17:23 24 February 2016 | UPDATED: 16:40 25 February 2016
There are some football matches where the final score bears no resemblance to the game that has taken place, and this was one of those occasions.
Following Saturday’s fourth straight home league win, this time 3-2 over Gorleston, Walden dominated the opening 22 minutes with some delightful football but Clacton scored with their first attack, completely out of the blue.
A hopeful diagonal ball bounced very high, enabling Jack Clampin to get a leg to it before Lee Pacey could clear, and his high lob dropped under the bar and into the net.
Four minutes later, Clacton’s Louis Newland tried an outrageous header from 18 yards, which dropped into the corner of the goal for 2-0.
Walden continued to press forward, and deserved to get on the scoresheet in the 35th minute when Craig Calver made a stunning 60-yard run down the left, and sent over a fierce low cross to Graeme Turner. His first-time shot flashed inches over the crossbar though.
Four minutes before the interval a long clearance down the right, enabled FC Clacton’s winger, Aaron Condon, to knock the ball forward and score from an acute angle from Clacton’s third chance of the game.
The second half was dominated by the Bloods, but Clacton were determined not to surrender their lead.
Virtually all of the play was in the Clacton half, but on the one occasion when the ball was in the Walden penalty area, the ball bounced up and struck Stuart Wardley on the arm, when there appeared to be no danger. A penalty was awarded, but justice was done when Pacey made a fine save.
Turner and Calver continued to torment the Clacton defence, despite their depth in numbers, but a consolation wasn’t to come.