Saffron Walden Town go top of Premier Division thanks to Godmanchester Rovers thrashing

PUBLISHED: 15:49 10 August 2016 | UPDATED: 16:12 10 August 2016

Walden celebrate Shaun Avis' goal

Walden celebrate Shaun Avis' goal


The returning Shaun Avis was on the scoresheet as Saffron Walden Town climbed to the top of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division with a 4-1 home win over Godmanchester Rovers last night (Tuesday).

Having created Craig Calver’s winner in Walden’s 1-0 FA Cup victory over Mildenhall Town on Saturday (turn inside for report), the 2014/15 fans’ player of the year notched on his league comeback for Stuart Wardley’s men.

“Walden is where my heart is and I can’t wait to start scoring goals for the Bloods again,” said Avis after his year-long stint away from Catons Lane, at West Wratting, and it seems like he’s never been away.

Walden got off to the best possible start with two goals in the opening 16 minutes.

First, in the 11th minute, Graeme Turner ran on to a long clearance by Lee Pacey, and took advantage of a defensive lapse as he calmly slotted the ball past the helpless Aaron Chapman.

Five minutes later, and from a corner, Turner found the back of the net again with a fine header twisting his body to get the ball on target.

Godmanchester continued to play some nice passing football and deservedly pulled a goal back on 27th minutes. Chris Jones, who had earlier hit the bar, swept in from 16 yards.

Walden took the game by the scruff of the neck after the interval and notched two more to complete the win.

Calver’s 66th-minute corner was firmly headed home by Ryan Fleming before, deep into added time, substitute Avis netted with a super header of his own.

Walden are next in action at Long Melford on Tuesday.

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