Saffron Walden Town take derby spoils to advance in FA Vase

PUBLISHED: 15:52 14 September 2016 | UPDATED: 15:52 14 September 2016

Saffron Walden Town's Matt Snelling. Picture by Jamie Pluck

Saffron Walden Town's Matt Snelling. Picture by Jamie Pluck

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Goals from Matt Snelling and Craig Calver helped Saffron Walden Town claim the derby bragging rights and book their spot in the next round of the FA Vase with a 2-1 first qualifying round win at Stansted on Saturday.

In the two sides’ first meeting for 14 years, the Bloods started the better and deservedly led in the 13th minute.

Calver went past several players on the left and crossed low and hard for Snelling to score from close range.

Town continued to push but could not find a second before the break despite good efforts from Dan Grindrod, with a shot that flew over the bar, and Jamie Solkhon’s header that drifted wide.

Snelling had to be replaced at the interval owing to a niggling injury and was replaced by Charlie Dicker, causing a further re-shuffle to the side.

However, undeterred Stuart Wardley’s men made a great start to the second half, and within 90 seconds of the restart had scored again.

Joe Murphy slipped the ball to Calver whose low shot from just outside the box took a slight deflection into the bottom corner.

Just as it looked as though Walden were looking comfortable, Stansted pulled a goal back in the 57th minute.

A quick break down the left saw a first-time low cross turned into the net at the near post by Sam Ashford.

Two minutes after the goal Stansted nearly levelled, but Isherwood, falling back, hooked his shot wide.

Graeme Turner could have sealed it late on but was twice denied as Town hung on. They will face Spartan South Midlands League Premier side FC Broxbourne Borough in the next round.

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