Overdue home win for Saffron Walden Town

PUBLISHED: 09:54 21 January 2016 | UPDATED: 09:54 21 January 2016

Spike Bell. Picture: Jamie Pluck

Spike Bell. Picture: Jamie Pluck

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Graeme Turner's double and single strikes from Craig Calver and Spike Bell handed Saffron Walden Town their first league triumph at Catons Lane since last April, and a vital one it certainly was.

Having scored just three goals in their opening seven home games, Walden finally found their rhythm and in front of another healthy crowd of 226 they earned a well-deserved three points.

The highlight of the early play was a stunning one-handed save by Fakenham keeper Thomas Rix from Louis Harper’s powerful shot in the 16th minute.

With little to choose between the two teams, it was the Bloods who opened the scoring in the 27th minute after a nice passing move saw Harper touch the ball to Calver who sent a shot flashing into the bottom corner of the net.

The lead only lasted three minutes when a Fakenham free-kick on the right found the towering Kyle Plumb who headed the ball firmly into the net for the equaliser.

Walden responded well and regained the lead in the 39th minute when Rix came out of his penalty area to head away a through-ball, but Turner quickly lobbed the ball back goalwards, and it dipped under the crossbar to put the hosts ahead at half-time.

Early in the second half Bell had a shot saved low down, but Fakenham hit back with several corners.

The match was firmly in the balance until Bell rose highest to a Calver cross in the 66th minute to head the ball inside the left-hand post for Walden’s third.

Seven minutes later the match was won when the impressive Turner ran onto a through-ball and slotted the ball past the keeper to make it 4-1.

Three times in the closing stages Turner broke clear and came desperately close to completing a hat-trick. An added-time lob was even cleared off the goal-line.

The Bloods are without a game this Saturday due to Ipswich Wanderers’ trip to Bodmin Town in the FA Vase.

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