Saffron Walden get back on home ground after mixed results on their latest travels
PUBLISHED: 17:12 26 April 2018
Saffron Walden Town host FC Clacton at Catons Lane on Saturday and Great Yarmouth on Tuesday after a mixed week in the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League Premier Division.
The Bloods travelled to Felixstowe & Walton on Saturday and the first half was evenly matched, with Stuart Wardley’s men going close early on.
Dan Davis fired wide for the hosts, while Neil O’Sullivan then produced a fine save to stop the Seasiders taking the lead.
But the visitors enjoyed a good spell midway through the first half, with James Crane and Ollie Emsden causing problems.
The deadlock was broken on 27 minutes when Scott Chaplin put Felixstowe ahead, after Sheriden Driver’s shot came back off a post.
And in a frantic finish to the first half, Ben Trendell and Crane went close for the Bloods, before Driver forced O’Sullivan into another good save at the other end.
The second half saw Walden mount more pressure early on, before the home side gradually began to impose themselves.
Chaplin hit the post on the hour, before Francis headed Felixstowe into a 2-0 lead following a corner from the left.
These efforts followed the introduction of Kye Ruel for Callum Bennett and Henri Okosi replacing Dylan Bradford for the away side.
With Chaplin busy in midfield, a tiring Walden made their final change as Billy Bradley relieved Mason Naylor with 15 minutes left. But it was becoming more and more evident that Felixstowe were beginning to boss things.
A third goal from Ruel from inside the box after a free kick from 25 yards was followed by Sam Ford converting from the penalty spot in the dying seconds following a handball and perhaps a harsh red card for the offending Joe Murphy.
The Bloods bounced back to win 3-2 at Great Yarmouth on Tuesday, though, and are dedicating Saturday’s match to Alec ‘Alf’ Ramsey, who sadly passed away last year.
Sunday sees Catons Lane play host to a European qualifying match between England Deaf and Czech Republic Deaf at 1pm.
The match is part of the Ethan Linwood Fun Day, with stalls and attractions for the family. Doors open at 12pm and it is ‘pay what you want’ with all gate donations go towards the Ethan Linwood REAL fund and to help pay for the England teams travel expenses.