Murphy and Avis send Walden up to second

PUBLISHED: 14:38 30 September 2014 | UPDATED: 14:38 30 September 2014

Joe Murphy scored for Walden against Dereham Reserves. Picture: Jamie Pluck

Joe Murphy scored for Walden against Dereham Reserves. Picture: Jamie Pluck

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Joe Murphy and Shaun Avis were on target as Saffron Walden Town picked up their third win in two games, pushing them up to second in the Thurlow Nunn Division One table.

The Bloods proved too much for a defensively sound Dereham Reserves side that was downed 2-0 at Catons Lane.

Walden’s showed early signs of what was to come when Jamie Solkhon’s fourth minute header was cleared off the line. Fifteen minutes later Murphy breached Dereham’s goal, heading home Louis Harper’s corner.

Scoring chances started to come thick and fast, with good efforts from Avis, Spike Bell, Greg Strong, Matt Snelling and Solkhon.

Three minutes before the break Harper broke clear and hit a fine low cross to Avis who scored from close range to make it 2-0.

Walden made a bright start to the second half with Bell having two early chances, and Murphy hitting a first time ball over the keeper but just wide.

In the 52nd minute Harper’s free kick was headed by Solkhon against the crossbar, and 10 minutes later Dereham had their first chance when Lewis Gibson dragged a shot wide after a swift breakaway.

Two minutes after coming on as a substitute Graeme Turner headed Bell’s cross just wide, and in the 73rd minute he turned provider for Avis to hit a powerful shot which the keeper saved at the second attempt.

With eight minutes remaining Avis took the ball forward and rattled the right hand post, and Walden made a strong finish as they tried to add to their score. The closest they came to scoring was in the 90th minute when James Crane won a corner. Strong ‘s dangerous cross was headed powerfully down by Solkhon, and Joe Simpson in the Dereham goal made a miraculous one handed save from close range.

Tonight the Bloods have a chance to go top of the table, if they can win away to Cornard United, which would be a boost for their difficult FA Vase match next Saturday, away to Debenham Leisure Centre, who are currently top of the table.

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