Saffron Walden Town boss Wardley says lessons have been learnt from FA Cup exit

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 September 2016 | UPDATED: 16:22 14 September 2016

Manager Stuart Wardley. Picture: Jamie Pluck

Manager Stuart Wardley. Picture: Jamie Pluck

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Stuart Wardley says the experience of Saturday’s 5-0 loss at Southern Premier side Chesham United in FA Cup first round qualifying round will stand them in good stead for future challenges.

The Bloods fought valiantly but four second-half goals at the Meadow eventually put paid to their cup dreams this season.

Dave Pearce and Brad Wadkins both struck doubles with substitute Max Blake wrapping up a convincing win for the hosts but Wardley tried to draw positives from the day.

Wardley told the Reporter; “It’s never nice to get a bit of a drubbing but I said to the boys, you’re coming away to a quality side who have got a decent budget and some good old heads in there. It’s a learning curve for us.

“It’s good to come away and play teams like this because it gives the lads a bearing to see how good a team like this is and see how good you’ve got to be to go to a level higher.

“I was a little bit disappointed with some of the goals we conceded but apart from that it’s been a good experience for the boys.”

Town were back in league action on Tuesday night as they lost a thrilling home contest with Newmarket Town 4-3 at Catons Lane (turn inside for a full match report).

Speaking at Chesham on Walden’s league form, he continued: “We’ve made a good start to the season and I’ve been really impressed with how the lads have applied themselves. We’ll keep on working and improving and hopefully we’ll still be near the top at the end.”

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