Saffron Walden Town down leaders as unbeaten Premier Division run continues

PUBLISHED: 16:00 08 February 2017 | UPDATED: 16:00 08 February 2017

Craig Calver on the ball. Picture: Jamie Pluck

Craig Calver on the ball. Picture: Jamie Pluck

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Stuart Wardley’s Saffron Walden Town continued their fine Thurlow Nunn Premier Division form with two superb victories this week.

James Crane’s 85th-minute strike saw the Bloods past basement club Swaffham Town 1-0 on Tuesday night to extend their unbeaten stint to eight matches.

That followed Saturday’s excellent 2-1 win at league leaders Mildenhall Town.

Richard Chadwick and Craig Calver were on target for the visitors.

It took just 11 minutes for Walden to take the lead from a fine goal from Chadwick.

The attacker took hold of the ball in space and calmly lifted the ball over keeper Josh Pope and into the net.

Mildenhall responded well and came close to a headed equaliser but it went wide of the post.

Chadwick and Calver were causing the home defence many issues and Chadwick almost made it 2-0.

Calver dribbled the ball through the defence and squared it into the path of Chadwick but his effort was saved by Pope

The pressure paid off for the away side.

Calver ran with the ball from around 30 yards before curling it into the top corner.

Mildenhall’s Dan Brown then had an excellent opportunity and whipped the ball across the six-yard box but his effort went wide.

Crane came close to making it 3-0 but he couldn’t keep Calver’s pacey cross down and his effort went over the bar.

Into the second half, Walden youngster Connor Molloy was proving himself to player-manager Wardley as he showed his strength and battled well to help protect the lead.

Keeper Lee Pacey was called into action, blocking Stephen Spriggs’ one-on-one attempt.

At the other end Pope pulled off a brilliant finger-tip save to deny Calver’s vicious strike, lifting the ball over the bar for a corner.

It started to become a battle of the keepers as Pacey had to be precise and catch the ball from a Mildenhall free-kick.

Another one of the ‘Bloods’ talented youngsters, Olly Borley, was introduced and almost got his first senior goal.

He ran onto Crane’s through-ball but Pope again made an excellent save.

Mildenhall continued to test the Town defence with a series of attacks and crosses but they stood strong and worked hard to keep Mildenhall from scoring.

Walden didn’t sit back and defend and decided to push for another goal and see the game off.Crane and Calver had two further chances denied by Pope.

With seconds remaining, Mildenhall’s Chris Bacon scored but the visitors had done enough and deservedly took all three points.

Saffron Walden host Hadleigh United on Saturday.


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