Saffron Walden pick up first points of the season

PUBLISHED: 14:29 25 September 2015 | UPDATED: 14:29 25 September 2015

Matt Snelling runs with the ball.

Matt Snelling runs with the ball.

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Saffron Walden Town gained their first Thurlow Nunn League victory of the season with an emphatic 3-0 win away to Long Melford.

The first half was evenly contested on a slick surface, but after a good second half performance the Bloods fully merited their comfortable win from a fine all -round team performance.

After a quiet opening, Walden took the lead just after the half-hour mark.

Louis Harper’s shot was deflected for another corner, and this time Ben Lawrence headed the ball back to Craig Calver who kicked the ball over his head back into the goalmouth. There, Jake Jackson headed past his own keeper, under pressure, to put the visitors ahead.

For the first time this season Walden reached the interval leading in a league game, although there was little to choose between the two sides at this point.

In the 54th minute, a Long Melford corner was headed over by captain Steve Adams, but a minute later Walden won a free-kick on the left, and the ball fell to Spike Bell who scored with a fine shot from the edge of the box which flew into the top left hand corner, despite Sam Mansfield getting a fingertip to it.

Just three minutes later, in the 58th minute, a nice Walden move resulted in Calver being put clear down the left. He beat the full-back and drove over a low cross for Matt Snelling to smash the ball into the back of the net to put the Bloods 3-0 up.

Last season, in a vital promotion battle Walden were 3-0 up away to Long Melford, but conceded late goals to draw the match 3-3 but there was not to be any such slip-up here as they rallied to take all three points.

A minute from time Snelling was injured by a late tackle which earnt Long Melford substitute Nathan Rowe a red card.

Walden comfortably saw out any added time to gain their first league points in the Premier Division and a vital league win.

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