'Plenty left in the tank' says Walden's Butchart

PUBLISHED: 11:00 25 January 2011

Saffron Walden Town FC vs Thetford Town

Saffron Walden.

January 22, 2011.

Photograph by Michael Boyton.

Pic shows: Action from the match.

Saffron Walden Town FC vs Thetford Town Saffron Walden. January 22, 2011. Photograph by Michael Boyton. Pic shows: Action from the match.

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AFTER a six-week league break forced by inclement weather, Walden managed to surprise the visitors with a high-tempo start and a classy goal in the first 30 minutes.

Saffron Walden 1 Thetford Town 2

AFTER a six-week league break forced by inclement weather, Walden managed to surprise the visitors with a high-tempo start and a classy goal in the first 30 minutes.

Despite Graeme Turner’s precision lob over the Thetford keeper however, it was not to be for Walden as they fell away during the remaining two thirds of the game.

It took ten minutes for Thetford striker Matt Dixon to level the sides up before the half time break.

And minutes after Walden keeper Ronnie Yates had saved a penalty, Henry Scott pounced onto a parried shot and slid the ball in to gain the visiting side three points.

Walden were missing a few big names, winger Spike Bell was suspended and captain Tommy Butchart injured, but flew out of the blocks spurred on by a crowd totalling 148.

They took the lead when a huge kick from Yates sent Turner on his way and from 20 yards out the tall forward lobbed the on-rushing keeper neatly for a deserved lead.

Dixon then replied on the 40th minute with a superb half volley on the spin 12 yards out from goal.

It was even-stevens either side of the break but, as Thetford started to shade possession, Dixon went clean through and was upended by Yates.

With the ball running wide the referee deemed it to be a yellow card offence and Yates kept his nerve to save comfortably low down to his left.

With half an hour to go Scott provided the finishing touch to a goalmouth scramble and claimed the win for mid-table Thetford who jumped above the hosts in the Ridgeons League Division One.

Walden now lie in ninth place but promotion hope are not fading just yet, because of two reasons – one they are still in touch with the leaders, and secondly a meeting, led by Walden officials, has been called to discuss a league shake up.

Assistant manager John Butchart said: “We didn’t really deserve to win the game, but we are still looking up the league because the lads have plenty left in the tank.”

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