Narrow loss for Saffron Walden to Ipswich Wanderers

PUBLISHED: 11:43 22 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:43 22 October 2015

Stuart Wardley. Picture: Jamie Pluck

Stuart Wardley. Picture: Jamie Pluck


Saturday saw Saffron Walden Town go down 1-0 away to Ipswich Wanderers in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division.

All of Saffron Walden’s first three choice goalkeeper’s were unavailable so Scott Traveller was called in as stand in keeper.

Traveller had an easy game, and did not really have a save to make, apart from having to pick the ball out of the net in the 18th minute.

The only goal of the game came about after a deep Ipswich cross, which was going out for a goal-kick, was inexplicably played back across goal by full-back Paul Abbot, where Wanderers’ Billy Holland headed home from a few yards out.

Ipswich had started the better side and, despite the fortitude of the goal that was to decide the game, they deserved to go ahead.

From that point onwards the Bloods had much the better of the play, and the Wanderers on loan keeper, James Bradbrook, gave a man-of-the-match performance, making some outstanding saves to prevent Walden from levelling.

After the break, Walden pressed for a point and perhaps even more, but Louis Harper and Stuart Wardley were both denied by the in-form custodian.

Walden were guilty of missing many good scoring chances, none more so than in the 77th minute when Craig Calver beat two defenders, drew the keeper, and laid the ball back to James Thomas who shot over the bar from close range.

Ipswich survived and hung on, much to Town’s frustration.

Walden host Stanway Rovers at Catons Lane in more Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division Action this Saturday.

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