Saffron Walden Town are ready to kick off 2011 with a win at Stowmarket

PUBLISHED: 11:21 07 January 2011

SAFFRON Walden Town resume their season this Saturday after the winter weather forced a three week lay-off.

The Bloods, whose last game was a 3-2 lost to March Town on December 11, will be hoping to get 2011 off to the perfect start when they visit Stowmarket Town.

Despite the extended period without matches or training due to the snow, assistant manager, John Butchart remains confident ahead of the tie.

“The whole game will come down to attitude; if we go in with the right mentality then we should win. We beat them 2-0 at the start of the season so if we go with a positive attitude we should be able to get a result.

“It will be a tough game but they’re all tough games at this level. It would have been nice to get a couple of fixtures under our belt before we played Stowmarket so we will have to play well and sharpen up in front of goal.

“If we can get all three points it would be a good start to the year and we push us in the right direction.”

The winter break has been bitter sweet for the Bloods. They have welcomed back Tom Richardson, who resumes training after recovering from an injury to his cruciate ligament.

However, the lost of revenue because of the cancellations is a problem for any club, at any level.

Butchart said: “The main aim of any season is to finish afloat financially; the day you’re in the red is the day you should pack it in. We’ve been in this situation before and we know how to deal with it so we should be fine.

“Fortunately we didn’t have any fixtures on Boxing Day or New Year’s Day but we did have to cancel a function because the boiler broke down.”

With over half the season left and the potential of a crammed schedule over the coming months Walden will be looking to get the year off to a flying start and make a push towards the top of the table.

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