Saffron Walden Town boss praises Bloods despite late concession

PUBLISHED: 11:18 04 August 2016 | UPDATED: 11:18 04 August 2016

Stuart Wardley. Picture: Jamie Pluck

Stuart Wardley. Picture: Jamie Pluck


Saffron Walden Town boss Stuart Wardley says his side ‘paid for their misses’ as they were held to a 1-1 draw with Swaffham Town in their Thurlow Nunn Premier Division opener at Catons Lane on Saturday.

Walden had bossed the game from start to finish but found visiting keeper Aaron Watson, who made numerous vital saves, in inspired form.

The Bloods finally managed to breach the staunch Swaffham defence courtesy of James Crane’s 74th-minute close-range effort but with virtually the final action of the encounter, Jake Platten popped up to head a dramatic equaliser.

Player-manager Wardley told the Reporter: “It was a disappointing result because we dominated the game.

“We had all the play but after I thought about it over the weekend there were a lot of positives to take from the game so we need to put the disappointment behind us.

“We paid for our misses and our killer instinct was lacking but there were a lot of positives.

“The way we knocked the ball around, kept possession and our general build-up play was really good.

“I’d have been worried if we’d have come off the pitch without creating anything. I couldn’t fault the boys for effort.”

The Premier Division is on the back-burner this weekend as Town host Mildenhall Town in the FA Cup extra preliminary round.

He continued: “Hopefully we can get a couple of good home ties in front of some big crowds this year. Two or three rounds would be nice.”

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