Mourning Bloods win one for Dennis

PUBLISHED: 10:36 20 November 2014 | UPDATED: 10:36 20 November 2014

Man-of-the-match Spike Bell.

Man-of-the-match Spike Bell.

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Saffron Walden Town took to the pitch with heavy hearts on Saturday following the passing of Dennis Savill, but they honoured the one-time board member with a 1-0 win over March Town.

Savill was an ever-present member of the Bloods family since the club’s reinstatement in 2012. A fiercely loyal supporter, he played an integral role in the six months before the team’s first game and beyond.

Even after he stepped down, he could still be seen at the games, either as a supporter or with his camera.

It was somewhat apt then that the goal that settled Saturday’s tie against March, the only team to beat Walden in the league this season, was a wonder goal from Spike Bell that Savill would have proudly snapped from his perch next to the pitch.

It was also appropriate that Walden put in a full-team performance in memory of a man who held so many roles and did so much for the club.

The Bloods started the game brightly and only the post denied Greg Strong’s rasping volley in the opening five minutes.

In the reverse of this fixture, Walden did everything but score as they peppered March’s goal and hit the woodwork seven times in a 1-0 loss. Any fear of a repeat performance were quickly diminished when Bell, from fully 25 yards out, smashed the ball past Dave Beeny.

The goalscorer wheeled away in celebration and, in a poignant moment, kissed the black armband all the players were wearing to remember Savill.

With their noses in front and tails up, Walden went in search of as many goals as possible. Bell volleyed just the wrong side of the post and Ben Lawrence headed wide.

Chances continued to pile up for Stuart Wardley’s side but they couldn’t add to their slender advantage.

Then came the March fightback. With Walden clinging onto their third successive clean sheet, the hosts’ struck the post from a free-kick and somehow hacked the resulting goal-mouth scramble away. Divine intervention.

Saffron Walden are in FA Vase action this weekend when SSML Premier Division side Kings Langley come to Catons Lane, 3pm kick-off.

The Bloods reached this stage of the competition after a 2-1 win over Whitton Town. That game drew a crowd of over 300 and, with Kings Langley expected to bring a large support, the club is hoping to boast the biggest attendance of the round.

• Walden were knocked out of the First Division Cup by Haverhill Borough on Tuesday at Catons Lane. The visitors won 2-0.

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