Saffron Walden Town crash out of FA Vase

PUBLISHED: 17:12 21 September 2010




IT WAS a bad day at the seaside as Walden failed to imitate the sunny conditions and succumbed to a dismal 4-0 defeat – knocking them out of this year’s FA Vase.

Despite having a similar amount of chances it was the home side, FC Clacton, which proved to be far more clinical in front of goal during Saturday’s second qualifying round tie.

Walden found themselves three-nil down inside the first 25 minutes and, despite a strong second half performance, never really managed to bounce back.

The defeat was disappointing for the players said assistant manager John Butchart, but he pointed to the fact that they can now concentrate more on their league performances.

“You always go for promotion when you start the season, and this year we believe we have a squad capable of that,” he said.

“It was a tough defeat on the lads, because we did actually create just as many chances as them. Clacton were just more clinical in front of goal.”

That clinical finishing was displayed as early as the third minute.

New Clacton signing Liam Coleman combined with James Dunkley to set up Sean Hillier who headed in for the first.

Joe Murphy came close to equalising for the visitors but with just 15 minutes on the clock the seasiders doubled their lead.

Keeper Ronnie Yates parried a stinging shot, only for striker Paul Hillier to follow up and smash the rebound into the top corner.

Ten minutes later and things got worse for Walden. Ray Turner beat the offside trap and slotted a ball through to Sean Hillier who converted his second with a fine strike.

Half time and three-nil down, Walden had to dig deep to stop a mauling by the Ridgeons Premier League side.

In the second half they came out stronger and created a host of chances but were not able to find the finishing that could have brought them back into the game.

Faraj Hammali tested the goalkeeper and then the goalposts with a strong header and a fierce shot, and 17-year-old substitute Ross Laird had a strike ruled out for offside.

As the visitors pressed however Clacton took full advantage and added a fourth late on. Liam Morley set up Liam Coleman who duly slotted home past the diving Yates for a 4-0 win.

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