Saffron Walden 2 March Town United 3 - Butchart laments slow start

PUBLISHED: 13:54 13 December 2010

Walden come out for the second half

Walden come out for the second half


FIVE-GOAL games are often described as ‘thrillers’, but Walden assistant manager John Butchart was far from thrilled with his players after a “rusty” day back at the office.

Mitchell Das

Saffron Walden 2 March Town Utd 3

FIVE-GOAL games are often described as ‘thrillers’, but Walden assistant manager John Butchart was far from thrilled with his players after a “rusty” day back at the office.

After a three-week break caused by freezing weather the hosts were quite literally caught cold, conceding a sloppy goal in the first eight minutes, and as a result were on the wrong end of the 3-2 scoreline at the final whistle.

Things might have been different had Walden burst out of the blocks, but with four key first team members missing it was tough-going throughout Saturday’s defeat.

Butchart said: “We were rusty, and we were poor in the first half. We were lucky to go in level. In the second half we played better but March pressed us very well all over the pitch and we never had any time to get the ball down and play.

“We were very disappointed afterwards but we have to bounce back for next week’s cup quarter final. The club needs some silverware this season.”

After the first goal, scored by Juliano Gomes De Menezes with a near post flick from a dubiously awarded left sided free-kick, March, known as the Hares, raced into the game and dominated the first half.

Walden keeper Ronnie Yates can take a lot of credit for keeping his side in it as he produced six fine saves during the game, three with the score still at one-nil.

Striker Mitchell Das, forced to play wide left after Brad Green dropped out on the morning of the game with a virus, became the hero then the villain as he won his side a penalty with a surging run but then put the kick wide of the right hand post.

On the stroke of half time Walden did manage an equaliser, through a superb move down the right. Ross Laird showed some neat footwork and then delivered a telling cross for Joe Murphy to head in his ninth of the season.

The home side looked better in the second period but March were not to be denied as Kyle Plumb scrambled in a second after Yates had done well to save his first attempt.

The game rumbled on and Walden threatened to equalise – the best chance fell to Das who skimmed a rifled shot over the bar from 12 yards. But in injury time March made it three with Luke Pepper scoring easily after a swift counter attack.

The game wasn’t finished there though, Das finally got his goal to make it 2-3 with seconds on the clock but it wasn’t enough for a depleted Bloods side.

Butchart added: “We had Tommy Butchart and Spike Bell out though suspension, and a couple off sick, so it was good to see some of the fringe players come in and play well.

“We are not finished in the league, there is a long way to go, but the cup competition this week could be our best chance at wining something.”

Next: Walden host Whitton Town in the first division cup quarter final. Kick off at 3pm.

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