Saffron Walden remain in scoring form with a 4-1 win

PUBLISHED: 12:52 10 November 2010

Saffron Walden Football Club, Catons Lane, Saffron Walden.; Saffron Walden in red against Downham Town in blue.

Saffron Walden Football Club, Catons Lane, Saffron Walden.; Saffron Walden in red against Downham Town in blue.

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OVER 140 supporters turned out at Catons Lane on Saturday as Walden thrashed Downham 4-1 with a superb double from the Wembley-bound Spike Bell.

It took just five minutes for the Bloods to get their noses in front.

Saffron Walden Football Club, Catons Lane, Saffron Walden.; Saffron Walden in red against Downham Town in blue.

Captain Tommy Butchart slipped the ball through the defence to Mitchell Das who beat his marker and set up the flame-haired Bell to blast in from close range.

Making a rare start, promising youngster Ross Laird doubled the lead on 20 minutes when he was picked out by a superb Jamie Solkhon cross.

The full back danced around his opposite number and spun the ball into Laird with what can only be described as a perfect cross. This meant Laird couldn’t miss as he simply headed home for a two-nil lead.

One way traffic continued to as the first half rumbled on – Butchart went close with a header at the near post.

Hammett fired in a pile-driver that was tipped around the post before Solkhon out jumped the defence to narrowly head over the bar.

The second half provided more of the same and the Bloods continued with their direct approach – Brad Green providing ammunition from the right hand side.

Subsitute Joe Murphy who has been in great form came on and only boosted the Walden cause. With his first touch he volleyed at goal but saw his shot saved.

On 73 minutes Bell turned provider. He outpaced his marker on the and played in Murphy who fired in for an unassailable 3-1 lead.

More opportunities came through Das and substitute Graham Turner but it was the visitors who pulled an unlikely goal back with two minutes remaining.

A free-kick from the edge of the box was rifled in and Jason Knight deflected the ball past keeper Ronnie Yates who was unsighted.

Walden had the last laugh however as Bell, who has been invited to play in a Wembley charity match in aid of the Bobby Moore Fund on December 4, blasted into an open goal following pacey wing-work by hotshot Das.

With 14 goals scored in the last five matches and just three conceded, Walden are on a great run of form and will hope to continue their climb up Ridgeons Division One when they host Long Melford, a team they put seven past in the challenge cup in September.

Kick off 3pm.

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