Saffron Walden suffer heaviest defeat of season

PUBLISHED: 15:30 23 November 2010

Sean Anderson may have to lead Walden out

Sean Anderson may have to lead Walden out

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INJURIES and defensive errors have given Walden assistant manager John Butchart something to think about after his side crumbled to their heaviest defeat of the season.

Halstead Town 3 Saffron Walden 1

INJURIES and defensive errors have given Walden assistant manager John Butchart something to think about after his side crumbled to their heaviest defeat of the season.

Despite an early goal from Peter Flack, The Bloods failed to make the most of a bright start and allowed Halstead, under new management, to take control.

Two goals in four minutes did the damage on the half hour mark.

John Root was given the freedom of Rosemary Lane to blast in the first, before Walden keeper Ronnie Yates allowed the ball to travel under his boot setting up an easy second for Farley-Hearn.

Sixth-placed Walden battled on in the second half but were left with too much to do when Chris Rayner popped up to curl the ball into the corner with 15 minutes left.

Flack’s headed goal will be of little consolation as a list of absentees, including captain Tommy Butchart, grows ahead of a clash against third-bottom Team Bury this Saturday.

Butchart said: “Tommy is suspended for one game, and Alex Riches who may have been captain in his absence is away in Las Vegas.

“We also have Danny Hammett struggling after taking a knock and we may have to give Sean Anderson the armband because he has the experience to lead the side.

“We were all very disappointed with Saturday’s result and will be looking to make amends against Bury – they are a team we expect to get three points against.”

But Butchart is taking nothing for granted after accusing his team of taking their foot off the gas against Halstead following Flacks fourth-minute goal.

“We thought we would win easily on Saturday,” he said. “But we didn’t play how we can. After scoring first we even wondered on the bench how many we would get.

“But it didn’t happen and we have ourselves to blame – Halstead played well but we should have won it in the first half.”

Next: Walden play Team Bury away on Saturday. Kick off 3pm.

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