Saffron Walden Town: The Bloods held to goalless draw at 10-man Debenham LC

PUBLISHED: 14:36 03 September 2013 | UPDATED: 14:36 03 September 2013

Jame Crane

Jame Crane


ONLY time will tell whether this was a point gained or two points dropped as Walden were held to a goalless draw at Debenham LC on Saturday.

Having played the last 50 minutes with a one man advantage, after Jerome Haynes was sent off for the home side, the 0-0 final score certainly came as a disappointment.

Walden laid siege to the Debenham goal in the final minutes but could not find a way to break through a determined home defence.

Debenham were first to threaten with two corners but it was Walden who carved out the first clear chance on 15 minutes, winger James Crane slicing the ball wide after being teed up by Dan Grindrod.

On the half hour it was Debenham’s turn to threaten as Ben Golding looped a header inches over Paul Wood’s goal.

Things looked to be turning in Walden’s favour when, on 38 minutes, Haynes received a straight red for a dangerous two footed lunge on Jamie Solkhon.

Ross Laird’s shot then hit the frame of bar and post from a tight angle as Walden failed to get in front before the interval.

Substitute Martin Westcott twice went close, with two fine efforts well saved by Debenham custodian Sam Chilvers.

It wasn’t all one-way traffic in the second half with Debenham keen to catch Walden on the break. Jack Seccombe twice bore down on goal only to be denied ob both occasions by Bloods’ keeper Paul Wood.

Walden almost nicked it at the death when, five minutes into injury time, Crane’s shot was well save by Sam Chilvers, before Charlie Davies’s rifled rebound was incredibly cleared off the line by Tom Fenner.

Walden were due in action last night (Wednesday) away at AFC Sudbury Reserves.

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