Saffron Walden Town boss happy with progress despite Norwich United defeat

PUBLISHED: 17:11 23 March 2016 | UPDATED: 17:11 23 March 2016

Saffron Walden Town manager Stuart Wardley

Saffron Walden Town manager Stuart Wardley


Stuart Wardley says his side’s showing in Saturday’s plucky 2-1 home defeat to table-topping Norwich United shows just how much his Saffron Walden Town side have evolved this season.

Marc Abbot’s spot-kick, created after James Thomas was felled five minutes before the break, put the Bloods in the driving seat at half-time.

However, in true champions fashion, United stormed back and left Catons Lane with the three points thanks to a pair of headers from, first, Josh Carus and then Ben Jones.

Nevertheless, former Queens Park Rangers man Wardley was full of praise for Town’s efforts in defeat.

Wardley told the Reporter: “We gave a really good account of ourselves for most of the game and I was really disappointed we didn’t get anything from it at the end.

“They’re [Norwich] a really good side though and that’s why they’re up at the top so on the one hand you’re annoyed with the result but as I said, I think we played really well.

“From the start to the season we had it looked like there was only one place we were going to go [relegation] but credit the lads for turning it around and the last couple of months have been excellent.

“We only lost 2-0 up at Norwich earlier in the year but we didn’t have as much confidence as we do now and that really showed in our all-round play against them in this game.”

Next up for Walden is a visit to Walsham le Willows this Saturday,

Goals from Thomas and Dan Grindrod saw Town past Walsham in their last meeting back in November and a similar performance would surely land a 13th win of the season.

He continued: “We don’t fear anyone in this league now so for us, every game is one there to be won.

“We’ve already beaten them this season so psychologically we’ve got the edge but we just need to make sure we play to our best.

“Another win would give us more optimism that we can finish in the top 10 and that would be a great season for us.

“It’s another big game but they all are at this stage.”

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