Picture gallery: Saffron Walden Town back to winning ways after 6-0 rout of Stowmarket Town
PUBLISHED: 15:58 09 September 2013 | UPDATED: 15:58 09 September 2013
SAFFRON Walden bounced back from their shock defeat at Sudbury in midweek with an emphatic 6-0 win against Stowmarket Town on Saturday.
The Bloods, who crashed 4-1 away at AFC Sudbury last Wednesday (September 4), made a bright start and took an early lead after six minutes following a foul on Graeme Turner. Stuart Wardley’s low free kick to Craig Calver saw the Walden forward turn his defender and drive a firm shot into the far corner from an acute angle.
Walden continued to press forward and increased their lead in the 23rd minute when Turner scored with a curling left-footed shot.
The third goal arrived in the 33rd minute when Calver laid the ball off to Spike Bell whose fierce shot took two or three quick deflections before rolling over the goal line.
A long range effort from Duka landed on top of the Walden crossbar in the 37th minute, but it was Walden who scored the fourth when Calver scored the penalty spot after being tripped in the box.
The Bloods made another strong opening to the second half. Matt Snelling scored from close range in the 50th minute, and three meinutes later a long throw into the box enabled Calver to complete his hat-trick with a powerful shot from 10 yards which the keeper could not hold.
Shortly afterwards Calver nearly added to his tally with a curling shot which struck the far post, and although the scoring chances kept coming for the Walden forwards, they missed the opportunity to improve their goal difference further.
Yet it was a comfortable win and will boost confidence for the difficult match away to unbeaten Whitton United on Saturday.
WALDEN: Paul Wood, Spike Bell, Justin Crissell, Matt Snelling (Joe Murphy – 65 mins.), Alex Riches (Cameron Watson – 45 mins.), Stuart Wardley, Louis Harper, Jake Noble, Craig Calver, Graeme Turner, Jamie Solkhon (Dan Grindrod – 56 mins).