Saffron Walden Town snag second successive home league victory

PUBLISHED: 17:13 27 January 2016 | UPDATED: 17:13 27 January 2016

Saffron Walden Town's Craig Calver takes a touch against Berkhamsted. Picture: Jamie Pluck

Saffron Walden Town's Craig Calver takes a touch against Berkhamsted. Picture: Jamie Pluck


Wins can sometimes be like London buses. Wait ages for one and two come along at once and that has certainly been the case for Stuart Wardley’s Saffron Walden Town in the past couple of weeks.

Having picked up just one point from their opening seven home Thurlow Nunn Premier Division games, the Bloods saw off Fakenham Town 4-1 the previous week and delivered another three-goal winning margin last Saturday against Ipswich Wanderers.

Wanderers’ FA Vase trip to Bodmin Town was cancelled just 24 hours before meaning this clash was back on the menu much to the glee of Walden as they took the lead in the sixth minute.

Graeme Turner was held back when through on goal and Craig Calver beautifully flighted the resulting free-kick into the corner.

Marc Abbott then smashed the ball against the underside of the bar but it somehow stayed out as Walden went into the break only 1-0 up.

Into the second half, Walden won a corner in the 58th minute, and from Dan Grindrod’s cross, Turner attacked the ball which went into the net with a deflection off an Ipswich defender.

Two minutes later Walden cut open the Ipswich defence once more with a flick-on by Calver to Spike Bell who calmly side-footed the ball past the keeper to make it 3-0.

A sparkling Walden move saw Joe Murphy strike the underside of the bar again with a shot from Calver’s cross in the 79th minute, and three minutes later, Craig Jennings hit the top of the Walden bar from 30 yards out, as the visitors consistently attacked with pace.

Both teams could have scored more goals, although Floyd Croll was mainly restricted to save long-range shots but there was to be no late twist in the tale.

This Saturday, Walden travel to Stanway Rovers in the league, where a year ago 450 Walden supporters made the trip for an FA Vase tie.

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