Saffron Walden local football round up

PUBLISHED: 17:55 26 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:55 26 February 2013

Milton Mendes, the  leading marksman who grabbed the Saffron Dynamos' equaliser on Saturday

Milton Mendes, the leading marksman who grabbed the Saffron Dynamos' equaliser on Saturday

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Local football round up

Saffron Dynamos 1 Kedington Utd 1

NMC League Division 5A

SAFFRON Dynamos went very close in claiming the scalp of Kedington with another battling performance, showing how much they are making improvements as the season progress.

After a goalless and well-contested first half the Dynamos, playing at home for the first time in six weeks, started to push for the opener and made some probing attacks down the wings.

However, it was Kedington who took the lead 15 minutes, the striker pouncing on the loose ball and tapping home after Keith Hill had failed to collect a shot.

But Dynamos upped the pressure and, after a neat ball from Cleveland Meyerhoff, leading marksman Milton Mendes beat a string of defenders before hammering home the equaliser.

Despite piling on the pressure late on, the hosts could not find the finishing touch.

Dynamos travel to Clare Town on Saturday for a 3pm kick off.

Saffron Crocus 5 Newport 3 (abandoned 85 mins)

NMC league, Div 5A

THIS match turned out to be a tale of two halves amid a hot tempered and controversial affair.

Crocus came back from three goals down with goals from five different goalscorers before Newport walked off the pitch in protest of refereeing decisions from the stand-in official.

Newport took the game to their hosts in the first half, with Nathan Cox scoring twice with well-taken lobs over the Crocus keeper to give the visitors a deserved lead at the break.

Crocus tried to work a foothold in the game but conceded a soft third when Daniel Bennett sliced a clearance into his own net.

The hosts rallied and played some positive football.

Top scorer Adam Daniels was able to run clear and smash the ball home before Ross Millard coolly placed the ball into the corner from the penalty spot.

Matt Hall was sent clear by Rob O’Brien and he poked the ball home from a tight angle to equalise, and Bennett made amends for his earlier own goal with a neat finish to put Crocus into the lead.

The game’s flashpoint arrived after Michael Eldred poked home a free kick that had been headed back across goal. The linesman flagged for an infringement that the referee overruled. The visitors expressed their disapproval before the Newport manager ordered his players off the pitch.

It was a disappointing end to thrilling game that contained some superb attacking football from both teams.

Crocus entertain Saffron Rangers Reserves on Saturday.

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