Saffron Walden FC run riot in the Ridgeons League Cup

PUBLISHED: 09:43 29 September 2010




IT WAS seven-heaven for Saffron Walden as they cruised into the next round of the Ridgeons League Cup thanks in part to hat trick hero Joe Murphy.

With Melford arriving at Catons Lane third in the league the home side should have been in for a tough challenge – but they gave assistant manager John Butchart the perfect going away present.

Butchart, who left for a holiday in Tenerife on Wednesday morning after the game, was delighted with the 7-0 win and challenged the players to improve further.

He said: “The lads have now set down a marker for the rest of the season. We battled well, but we also have some good ball players in this squad. This team could go far.”

The action started frantically and it was difficult to see a winner in the first five minutes but as the game settled down Walden took control.

The visitors’ only chance came when Jamie Williams lobbed wide early on. Walden replied when captain Tommy Butchart scuffed an effort wide when well placed.

But 25 minutes in, Murphy broke the deadlock with his first. A great run from Mitchell Das took the ball down the left flank. Brad Green crossed and the ball rebounded off ex-Spurs goalkeeper Paul Wood for the 21-year-old to tap home.

The cushion was doubled right on half time. Das thundered down the right touchline crossed to Graeme Turner who then unselfishly laid on a six-yard pass for Green to fire in.

After the break Walden controlled the pace and it was only a matter of time before they increased the lead.

Turner popped up in the box to volley in. Then moments later Murphy had a header cleared off the line.

The striker then made it four with his second of the game on 75 minutes. Das then also added his second ten minutes later when he capitalised on a mistake by Melford defender Justin Crissell to coolly slam the ball into the bottom corner.

It was sweet six as Murphy rounded off his hat trick as he poked in from a corner after a goalmouth scramble on 89 minutes.

Then substitute Jamie Solkhon completed the rout as he bundled in at the back post following a corner from Spike Bell in injury time.

Three-goal hero Murphy said after the game: “I was a bit nervous because I usually play centre midfield. But it was great to get three goals and the lads played well.”

John Butchart revealed that Murphy’s performance might warrant an extended spell in the forward line.

- On Saturday Walden had to make do with a share of the spoils away to Swaffham Town in the league.

It was a good result however, as The Bloods fought from two-nil down to get a 2-2 draw. Goals came from Joe Murphy and Peter Flack.

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