Poor Thurlow Nunn Premier Division run goes on for Saffron Walden Town

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 October 2016

Stuart Wardley. Picture: Jamie Pluck

Stuart Wardley. Picture: Jamie Pluck


It’s now three Thurlow Nunn Premier Division defeats in a row for Stuart Wardley’s Saffron Walden Town after a comprehensive 3-0 loss at Hadleigh United on Saturday.

After a midweek away win against Halstead in the Essex Senior League Cup, Walden fans believed that Walden’s league form would start to improve.

The Bloods started the match the better and Joe Murphy saw his shot saved after good work from Charlie Dicker.

Hadleigh responded brilliantly on the counter-attack, which brought keeper Lee Pacey into action.

It was level after 30 minutes, with both sides having decent chances.

Hadleigh’s Tom Discoll forced an excellent diving save from Pacey.

However it was soon 1-0 to the hosts.

Kyle Cassell received the ball and drilled it passed Pacey into the corner.

Looking to gain a way back into the game, Walden’s Graeme Turner had an excellent opportunity but his long-range effort flashed over the bar.

Then disaster struck again.

From a corner, the ball dropped for Sam Sharp who struck it perfectly through a pack of Walden defenders, taking the slightest deflection before rippling the back of the net.

The hosts then made the perfect start to the second half.

Breaking against the run of play, Mansfield threw the ball out for Sharp to run onto.

He sprinted forward before squaring to Cassell who curled a shot beyond Pacey for 3-0.

Wardley decided to make a double substitution and replaced Jake Noble and Dicker with Matt Snelling and Max Drane.

Snelling made an instant difference to the Bloods and improved the tempo.

His diagonal pass for Turner was timed perfectly. Turner went to cross the ball but it was deflected for a corner.

Ryan Fleming had a decent opportunity from a corner, but he headed the ball straight at Sam Mansfield.

As Walden pushed to get on the scoresheet, Cassell almost got a hat-trick when he brilliantly played the ball away from the defence, but his shot was slightly wide.

Walden’s last and best effort of the half was from Richard Chadwick but his header was saved easily by Mansfield.

Walden are back at home in the league on Saturday as they entertain bottom of the league FC Clacton.

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