Picture gallery: Football: Saffron Walden Town put five past March to keep promotion hopes alive
PUBLISHED: 12:47 09 April 2014 | UPDATED: 12:47 09 April 2014
Saffron Walden remain in with an outside chance of promotion after a fifth straight win, on Saturday – although boss Colin Wallington is fast running out of players.
The Bloods have five league games left and a cup semi final to contest tonight (Thursday). But the injuries at Catons Lane are stacking up to the extent that tonight’s bench for the Hinchingbrooke Cup clash with Stotfold will consist of two youth team players.
Wallington said: “We are running out of players because we’ve had so many injuries. We’re living hand to mouth. It’s becoming a bit of a problem.
“In an ideal world I would rest players [on Thursday] to play on Saturday, but we can’t do that.”
But, he added: “Some managers moan about but I don’t think you can do anything about it. So we’ll do what we can and keep fighting.
“We’ve got five league games left and I honestly believe that, if we can win them all, we will be somewhere near.”
Shaun Avis continued his good run of goalscoring form at the Meadow with a hat-trick against March.
The Bloods made the perfect start with two goals in the first five minutes. The opener in the third minute came from a low Jamie Solkhon cross from the left, which Avis fired high into the net from close range.
Two minutes later Craig Calver turned provider with another low cross which Avis accepted from three yards out.
Both sides had a flurry of chances as an entertaining half came to a close.
And the Bloods signalled their intention to press forward for more goals after the break.
Calver was a constant danger down the left hand side, but March defended well, and stayed in the game until the 80th minute. Louis Harper’s corner kick was turned into the net with some style by Avis for his treble.
March then won a penalty in the 85th minute for a trip in the box, and Sean White scored from the spot.
But Darren Bicknell, on as a late substitute, made the game safe with a driving shot into the net from 10 yards after good work by the hardworking Matt Snelling.
There was still time for Harper to score Walden’s fifth with a fierce drive.
Walden now have a vital home match against second in the table Fakenham Town on Saturday. Cornard United visit the Meadow on Tuesday.
WALDEN: Paul Wood, John Griffin, Jamie Solkhon, Matt Snelling, Alex Riches, Stuart Wardley, Craig Calver, Stuart Hoskin, Shaun Avis (Darren Bicknell – 85 mins), Joe Murphy (Louis Harper – 70 mins), Spike Bell.