Saffron Walden Town beat Biggleswade in FA Vase

PUBLISHED: 10:11 23 November 2015 | UPDATED: 10:11 23 November 2015

Saffron Walden Town celebrate. Picture Jamie Pluck

Saffron Walden Town celebrate. Picture Jamie Pluck


Saffron Walden Town scored after 90 seconds and went on to beat Biggleswade United 3-1 away in the FA Vase second round on Saturday.

Right from the kick-off the Bloods overwhelmed Biggleswade, and after a minute-and-a-half James Thomas chipped a shot over the home goalkeeper to open the scoring.

In a panic a home defender kicked the ball against his own post, and Craig Calver had an almost identical chance to score as Thomas, but his effort was saved.

The strong, cold wind was a strong influencing factor, and Biggleswade used it to their advantage in the 17th minute to win a corner.

From it Town keeper Floyd Croll made a good save from James Cooper, but could not stop the rebound from Nyash Sagwete who equalised from close range.

The Bloods had deserved to be ahead, and restored their lead from a corner in the 24th minute when Ben Lawrence netted with a powerful header.

Seven minutes later Thomas hit a stunning dipping volley which hit the underside of the bar from 25 yards and came down on the goal line.

With the wind at their backs in the second half, Town’s keeper Croll hardly had anything to do in the Walden goal.

The inevitable third goal came in spectacular fashion in the 62nd minute as Dan Grindrod smashed home a volley from 35 yards off the corner of the post and crossbar.

Walden could have scored more, and Louis Harper rattled the right hand post five minutes from time, as Walden made sure they are in the draw for the third round.

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