Saffron Walden Town go four unbeaten in league

PUBLISHED: 08:44 12 October 2015 | UPDATED: 08:44 12 October 2015

Saffron Walden Town v Swaffham Town

Saffron Walden Town v Swaffham Town


A goalless draw at home to Swaffham Town on Saturday saw Saffron Walden Town extend their unbeaten run to four Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division games.

The clash, which resulted in The Bloods first home point of the season, was much more interesting than the score might suggest.

A 3-3 draw might have reflected the game much better, as both sides created a fair number of scoring chances.

Alex Vincent was by far Swaffham’s most dangerous player, and in the 14th minute he rattled the top of the Walden crossbar with a snap shot from 30 yards.

Two minutes later, from a Walden corner, Craig Calver laid the ball back to Chris Reid, whose downward header was brilliantly tipped over the bar by Swaffham’s keeper Luke Holt.

In the 28th minute Walden had a lucky escape when a Swaffham free-kick was missed by home keeper Floyd Croll and turned into the net at the far post only for an offside flag to disallow the goal.

After 37 minutes Calver had a shot blocked in the penalty area, but James Thomas was quick to react but put his snap volley just over the bar.

Three minutes before the interval Croll made a good near post save, again from Alex Vincent, as Swaffham just edged the first half

Four minutes into the second half Ryan Fleming hit a deep cross to the far post and Craig Calver came within inches of scoring with a rare header.

Both sides continued to create chances in the second half, but gradually Walden built up their momentum.

Vincent was still the most dangerous player for Swaffham, but in the 63rd minute, substitute Graeme Turner missed the best chance of the game when he blazed the ball over the bar from no more than 10 yards out, drawing a big groan from another large crowd at the Meadow.

Walden had two long throws that caused danger, but Dan Grindrod shot wide from the first, and Fleming’s header was saved from the second.

Croll was kept busiest by Vincent, who took the corners and free-kicks, although generally he dealt comfortably with his skillful kicks.

The Bloods steeped up the tempo towards the end of the game, and won several free-kicks in dangerous positions, which they did not take advantage of, until Calver curled a set-piece onto the face of the crossbar in the 89th minute as the game was drawn.

On Tuesday, Walden are at home again against Halstead in the League Cup, and next Saturday they play a team below them for the first time this season, although an away trip to Ipswich Wanderers will not be easy as they have performed very well in the FA Cup this season and are hard to beat.

TEAM: Floyd Croll, Paul Abbot, Dan Grindrod, Jake Noble (Joe Murphy – 55 mins.), Ben Lawrence, Chris Reid, Craig Calver, Ryan Fleming, Spike Bell (Graeme Turner – 58 mins.), James Thomas, Louis Harper (James Crane – 73 mins.). Substitutes (not used): Max Drane, Mark Abbot.

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