Saffron Walden suffer extra time heartbreak
PUBLISHED: 14:35 06 October 2010
DESPITE leading for 70 minutes against Ridgeons Premier League high flyers Wivenhoe Town, Walden crashed out of the Essex Senior Cup on Tuesday night.
Bloods striker Graeme Turner scored is second of the season to put his side one-up within seven minutes of the first half but it was not enough as the visitors missed a host of chances to put the game to bed.
With the score 1-1 at full time, it took two late goals in extra time to finally divide the teams and send the 10-man hosts through to round three.
Manager Marc Das said his lads had been “unlucky to lose” after seeing 14 shots on target to Wivenhoe’s seven, but added that he was proud of the team as they should have beaten opposition placed one league higher.
Walden dominated the first half and deserved their one-nil lead. Although 21-year-old Mitchell Das will wonder how he didn’t get himself a goal after seeing three gilt-edged chances stopped by keeper Adam Wilding.
Wivenhoe only managed one shot in the first half but came out fighting in the second.
With 69 minutes on the clock they equalised through the pacy Jonathan Carr.
But two minutes later ex-Dagenham striker Wale Odedoyin was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for swearing in the face of Bloods midfielder Spike Bell.
With the hosts down a man Walden pressed for a winner. Numerous chances came and went and in the 90th minute Das had an effort cleared of the line.
The game rumbled on into extra time and, as fatigue set in, it became more and more stretched – both sides producing efforts from distance.
With just three minutes to go Walden were to suffer cup heartbreak – not once but twice.
The hosts scored a freak goal direct from a corner courtesy of Andy Gibbons and then they finished The Bloods off with a calm finish from Luke Rogers following a neat through ball.
Walden are back into league action this Saturday (October 9) at Catons Lane when they host Gorleston FC.
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