Saffron Walden Town stunned by super Stanway Rovers

PUBLISHED: 17:22 04 October 2016

Saffron Walden Town's Joe Murphy. Picture by Jamie Pluck

Saffron Walden Town's Joe Murphy. Picture by Jamie Pluck


Ten-man Saffron Walden Town conceded four goals for the second successive league game as they were well beaten 4-1 by Stanway Rovers on Saturday.

After conceding four goals against Newmarket Town the previous midweek, Walden were hoping for an improved performance.

Unfortunately this was not to be the case.

Walden started the match confidently but soon found themselves 1-0 down in the 11th minute.

Billy Hunt broke free and calmly struck the ball past Lee Pacey to give the away side the lead.

Just moments later, Stanway had an excellent shot, heading for the bottom corner, saved by Pacey. The ball rebounded back into play but Walden managed to clear the ball out of danger.

On the quarter-hour Graeme Turner tested the Stanway custodian.

Walden won a free-kick which was played short to Turner.

Turner span past the defender but his powerful shot was saved at full-stretch.

This sparked confidence as Walden upped their tempo and looked for an equaliser.

Dan Grindrod came close with a long-range effort but it went over the bar.

Moments after, at the other end, Grindrod made a goal-line clearance which the Stanway players believed to have crossed the line.

Both sides were working hard for the next goal but it was Stanway who doubled their lead. Jamie Shaw tapped in from close range after capitalising on a rebound off the bar.

Stanway were given a penalty with just five minutes remaining of the first half.

After debate the penalty stood and Craig Hughes drilled the ball down the middle for 3-0.

Manager Stuart Wardley made a second-half substitution which saw the injured Matt Snelling replaced with Charlie Dicker.

Dicker’s pace troubled the Rovers left-back, and within minutes of coming on, he had got the better of him.

Dicker ran half the pitch with the ball at his feet and managed to square it back to Spike Bell. Bell’s long-range effort was well-saved by Sam Clowler.

Then, the Bloods were very unlucky to concede the fourth goal.

Stanway’s initial shot was parried by Pacey but the rebound fell perfectly for Tyler Kemp who, without hesitation, rattled the ball home.

Even at 4-0 down, Walden continued to work hard to give the fans something to cheer about.

Shaun Avis did well and battled hard to win the Bloods a corner.

From the resulting corner, Turner flicked the ball over the defence for Avis to comfortably head home.

The goal gave Walden confidence as they looked for a second, but with only a few minutes remaining, any sign of a late comeback was out of the question.

The game didn’t finish without more drama as Joe Murphy was shown a red card for a late challenge.

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