Saffron Walden Town stun Thurlow Nunn Premier Division promotion chasers

PUBLISHED: 16:04 11 January 2017

James Crane takes on the full-back. Picture: Jamie Pluck

James Crane takes on the full-back. Picture: Jamie Pluck


Goals from James Crane and Charlie Portway saw Saffron Walden Town claim a surprise 2-1 Thurlow Nunn Premier Division victory at second-placed Stanway Rovers on Saturday.

The Bloods were good value for their third win in four league games, racing into a 2-0 lead before the hosts pulled one back.

The triumph sees Town up to 12th in the table and eyeing a mid-table finish after a rocky beginning.

Walden showed no fear and took the game to Stanway in the opening quarter of the match.

Portway had an excellent chance and almost lifted the ball over the experienced Nick Punter but the keeper saved well.

Stanway reacted well and tried to test Lee Pacey from distance, but Tyler Kemp’s effort whipped across the box, but was just wide of the post.

Kemp was causing issues for the Bloods and had another attempt at goal but failed again to hit the target.

It was the Bloods who deservedly took the lead.

Dan Grindrod headed down a cross for Portway to strike at goal.

The striker’s effort hit the post, deflected off Punter and into the back of the net.

It was end-to-end action at the Hawthorns when Jamie Solkhon bravely threw his body at a powerful strike from Stanway, to deflect the ball for a throw-in.

Shortly after, Solkhon came close to making it 2-0 as he tried to steer in Bell’s corner with his head but Punter made a great save and held onto the ball.

Jamie Salmon came within inches of opening his account for the Bloods.

His thunderous header smashed against the crossbar and onto the goal line.

Walden didn’t let the pressure get to them in the second half and continued to work towards a second goal. The tactics paid off and the goal came from Crane as he nodded in Craig Calver’s perfect back-post cross.

Stanway’s pressure finally did pay off and they got a goal one back with a wicked long-range effort, which curled away from Pacey and tucked inside the post.

The Bloods worked hard to maintain their lead with every player giving their all.

The action continued and Walden could have wrapped it up late on but Punter brilliantly denied both Solkhon and Calver.

Walden host struggling Ely City on Saturday looking to extend their unbeaten league run to five games.

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