Saffron Walden Town continue fine home league run with Gorleston triumph

PUBLISHED: 17:28 23 February 2016 | UPDATED: 17:28 23 February 2016

Saffron Walden Town's Craig Calver takes a touch against Berkhamsted

Saffron Walden Town's Craig Calver takes a touch against Berkhamsted

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Saffron Walden Town moved up to 10th place with a fourth successive home Thurlow Nunn Premier Division victory, this time a feisty 3-2 win over Gorleston.

The first half was fast and furious, and the deadlock was broken in the 21st minute when some good running and interplay by Matthew Brown saw the Gorleston full back score a well-taken goal from an acute angle.

The Bloods responded five minutes later when a firm cross from Craig Calver was brilliantly turned into the net at speed by Joe Murphy from six yards out to equalise.

Walden at last seemed to get in gear, and in the 34th minute a flowing move saw Graeme Turner flick the ball on first time to James Thomas, who ran on 30 yards before stroking the ball past the advancing keeper to make it 2-1 to the Bloods.

Walden started the second half strongly and Jamie Solkhon headed a corner against the left hand post in the 51st minute, before the ball was scrambled clear from the goalmouth. Town were in the ascendency, and it came as no surprise when they increased their lead in the 71st minute.

A lovely passing move in the sticky conditions culminated with Thomas finding Calver in enough space to shoot into the corner of the goal to make it 3-1.

A couple of minutes later Walden nearly wrapped the game up, but Louis Harper’s curling shot hit the inside of the Gorleston angle of post and crossbar.

Gorleston, who received four yellow cards for their robust play, were in no mood to give up and won a fortunate corner in the 82nd minute, when Lee Pacey dived on the ball, but was then knocked over the dead-ball line following a strong challenge. The resulting corner, was only partially cleared, and substitute Connor Ingram netted from close range.

The closing stages were fiercely contested, but Walden had the confidence to hold on for a deserved win.

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