Saffron Walden Town boss believes “dizzy heights” of Premier Division mid-table are within reach

PUBLISHED: 17:04 17 February 2016 | UPDATED: 10:32 18 February 2016

Manager Stuart Wardley made an 15-minute cameo in Saturday's 2-2 draw. Picture: Jamie Pluck

Manager Stuart Wardley made an 15-minute cameo in Saturday's 2-2 draw. Picture: Jamie Pluck


Stuart Wardley believes his side can start dreaming of the “dizzy heights” of a mid-table Thurlow Nunn Premier Division finish rather than a relegation scrap after their terrific upturn in form in 2016.

Despite Jamie Solkhon’s second-half dismissal, Graeme Turner’s goal ensured a 1-0 win for 10-man Walden at struggling Thetford Town, their fourth league victory in six games since the start of the calendar year which leaves them 10 points clear of the Norfolk side and the drop zone.

Should they beat Gorleston this Saturday and other results go their way, they could bounce into the top half, a far cry from the position they had been expecting to be in at this stage of the season just a few weeks ago.

Player-manager Wardley told the Reporter: “We had a few players missing (Marc Abbott, Paul Abbott, Ryan Fleming and Dan Grindrod) so 35-year-old Neil Andrews and myself had to pull on the jersey again which wasn’t ideal and in the first half the team struggled.

“With a bit of encouragement we got ourselves going in the second half and I think earlier in the season we might have lost that game but now we’re more confident, I felt we were always going to win.

“Once you get a couple of wins under your belt like we have recently, some of the pressure of thinking about where the next win is coming from goes away.

“There’s a really good feeling around the club at the moment and with a few more wins, we can start thinking about the dizzy heights of mid-table this season.”

Walden’s levels of evolution can be measured in this weekend’s clash with Gorleston.

Wardley was left frustrated by his side’s poor 3-0 loss at The Greens in mid-December but believes the same won’t happen again at Catons Lane.

He continued: “We didn’t play anywhere near what we are capable of in the away game. It was one of our worst games of the season because we just gave up.

“Now we are on this great run, we can put that performance behind us and show just how far we’ve come.”

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