Bloods ‘best’ yet sends them third in table

PUBLISHED: 13:00 25 October 2018

Saffron Walden Town goalkeeper Neil O'Sullivan (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Saffron Walden Town goalkeeper Neil O'Sullivan (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Jason Maher’s Saffron Walden Town have achieved two fine victories this week and visit Southend Manor next

Saffron Walden Town moved up to third in the Essex Senior League table with a 5-1 victory at home to Sawbridgeworth Town on Tuesday night.

The Bloods produced arguably their best performances of the season to make it four wins in a row in the division.

It backed up a hard-fought 2-1 success at Woodford Town on Saturday to cap a brilliant few days for the Catons Lane club.

Walden have 28 points from 13 league games this season, having only lost once, and the display on Tuesday left boss Jason Maher delighted.

He said: “It was probably one of the best performances I’ve seen from a Saffron side since I first joined the club.

“Our attacking play was a joy to watch.”

In front of a decent crowd of 175, Bloods took the lead early on against Sawbridgeworth as Daniel Trendall continued his good form with another goal.

Although the Robins levelled soon after, Ashley Skeggs put the hosts back ahead minutes after the equaliser and they never looked back.

Trendall completed a brace and Anthony Da Silva and man of the match Craig Calver added second-half goals to wrap up a superb 5-1 triumph.

Calver and Trendall had also impressed during the one-goal victory at Woodford Town on Saturday in front of 285 fans at the Harlow Arena.

Bloods took the lead after 22 minutes, much to the delight of their big travelling support, when Trendall headed home a dangerous cross from Calver.

Woodford responded in style though, with a long-range strike to ensure it was 1-1 at the break.

Both sides went for it after and eventually the winner arrived when good play by away substitute James Crane set up Spike Bell for a headed chance and he powered home to make it 2-1 with 83 played.

Saffron held on during the final few minutes and manager Maher added: “I was very proud of the players.

“They listened to the game plan and implemented it perfectly against a very good Woodford Town team, who won’t lose many playing at home this season.

“We had excellent away support as ever from our fans.”

Walden will expect to see a big following once again this weekend when they make the trip to Southend Manor.

Manor are 17th in the table after a slow start to the term, and after visiting the seaside, the Bloods will travel to West Essex on Tuesday looking to keep up their excellent recent run of form.

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