Saffron Walden Town still searching for first point of season

PUBLISHED: 09:48 10 September 2015 | UPDATED: 09:48 10 September 2015

Craig Calver. Picture by Jamie Pluck

Craig Calver. Picture by Jamie Pluck


Saffron Walden Town fell to their fifth defeat from five Thurlow Nunn Premier Division games on Tuesday night.

Stuart Wardley’s side were beaten 1-0 by near neighbours Haverhill Rovers as a late penalty handed the visitors the win as two controversial refereeing decisions cost the Bloods their first league points of the season.

As early as the ninth minute a throw was headed in by Ryan Fleming, but Walden’s celebrations were short-lived when the referee disallowed the goal for a foul throw.

The game was played at a frantic pace, and clear chances were hard to come by.

Mark Abbot drove wide a couple of times, Craig Calver shot against the left hand post and Matt Snelling had an effort saved as the Bloods finished the first half strongly.

Both sides traded long range shots after the break that did not bother the keepers.

In the 90th minute Michael Shinn hit a drive from 40 yards out that Floyd Croll pushed away, but just when it looked like the game was heading for a draw, the referee awarded a controversial penalty in the third minute of added time.

A Haverhill throw bounced up hitting Ben Lawrence in the midriff.

The linesman was nearby but did not raise his flag, although the referee, who was unsighted, pointed to the spot and Perry Moody netted to win the game.

The loss leaves Walden third bottom of the table.

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