Saffron Walden: Local football round up
PUBLISHED: 08:19 23 April 2013
Local football round up
Saffron Rangers 4 Gransden 1
SAFFRON Rangers gained promotion to NMC Division 2A - a fantastic achievement having been promoted to NMC 3A the previous year.
A 4–2 home win on Tuesday against Eynesbury Rovers with goals from Pill Dillon (3) and Dan Foster set up a promotion decider with Gransden.
Gransden were then brushed aside on Saturday, as Rangers hit three second half goals. The visitors came out fightings and took the lead on 30 minutes as Rangers struggled to get going.
On 40 minutes Rob Frost struck a shot from the edge of the box which eluded everyone and rolled into the net to bring Rangers level at half time.
The second half was a different story as man-of-the-match Callum Hicks began to drive Rangers forward. The midfielder was in the grove having a number of impressive runs and crosses that provided good scoring opportunities that were not taken. Top scorer Dillon put Rangers in front with a cool finish, followed in quick succession by goals from Mat Anthony and Leke Ojumu.
Rangers now need four points from the last three games to seal the title, starting away at Steeple Morden on Saturday.
Saffron Crocus 0 Clare Town Reserves 0
NMC League Divison 5A
A FIRST goalless fixture of the campaign for Crocus meant another point earned towards promotion - but after dominating long periods of the game without making too many clear cut chances, they will feel it was two points dropped.
Crocus’ best chances fell to Dan Walker, who clipped a post, and a header from a corner that Jim Trott put just over, while at the other end Clare’s best chance was a one-on-one opportunity that was mopped up by keeper Scott Smith.
The hosts did manage to find the back of the net on two occasions after the break, only to have the goals disallowed. Ross Millard and Scott Cummings also had good opportunities to score.
Crocus travel to Clare for the reverse fixture on Saturday.
Saffron Dynamos 2 Finchingfield 1
NMC, Div 5A
SAFFRON Dynamos made it five consecutive wins on the bounce on Saturday, but were made to work hard for it by Finchingfield.
They went in front on 26 minutes when Andy Sell headed in Matt Comstive’s cross before the visitors equalised on 40 minutes.
Both sides went down to 10 men just prior to the interval when Dynamos’ capatain Ryan Barry clashed with an opponent.
The winner came on 82 minutes, Sell finding leading marksman Milton Mendes who hit home from inside the penalty area to claim his 25th goal of the season.
Dynamos are away at Saffron Rangers Res on Saturday.
Radwinter 3 YMCA Cambridge 2
RADWINTER ran out deserved winners in a hard-fought game with YMCA.
The game was played at a high tempo which suited Radwinter as they took the lead after only five minutes through a 25-yard lob from Terry Heath. The same player doubled the lead, volleying home after latching on to captain Adam Ashenden’s shot-cross.
YMCA pulled one back but Radwinter took control after the break, producing a host of chances. Terry Duck put the game to bed with a strike from the edge of the box.
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