Essex Senior League: Saffron Walden Town 3 West Essex 3

PUBLISHED: 16:29 04 August 2019 | UPDATED: 16:29 04 August 2019

Saffron Walden Town began the new season with an exciting 3-3 draw (pic Jamie Pluck)

Saffron Walden Town began the new season with an exciting 3-3 draw (pic Jamie Pluck)


Saffron Walden Town snatched a point in the fifth minute of injury time as the new season got off to a thrilling start at Catons Lane.

Ryan Fleming was the late hero for the Bloods, after the visitors appeared to have won it with a stoppage-time goal of their own.

Lewis Francis opened the scoring for the home side on the quarter-hour mark with a superb individual effort and that was how it stayed at the break.

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West Essex levelled within five minutes of the restart, though, as the ball fell kindly for Gray to slot home and they took the lead on 68 minutes with a penalty from Callum Bloss.

It looked like being the winner, until Spike Bell squared matters in the last minute of normal time with a stunning free-kick into the bottom corner, but Saffron Walden's joy was shortlived as West Essex moved 3-2 up through Michael Mignot.

Fleming had the final say, however, as he headed home from a corner to cap a frantic late spell and ensure honours finished even.

Saffron Walden Town are back in action on Tuesday with another home match against Sawbridgeworth Town.

Saffron Walden: O'Sullivan, Bell, Strong, Fleming, Pethers, Adams, Francis, Isherwood, Cockman, Pullen, Thomas. Subs: Bowes, Crane, Riley.

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