Stuart Wardley positive despite Stanway Rovers defeat for resurgent Saffron Walden Town

PUBLISHED: 16:11 04 February 2016 | UPDATED: 16:16 04 February 2016

Saffron Walden Town manager Stuart Wardley

Saffron Walden Town manager Stuart Wardley


Stuart Wardley drew plenty of positives from Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at promotion-chasing Stanway Rovers but knows more point-less away days will leave them fighting for their lives at the bottom of the Thurlow Nunn Premier League come the end of the season.

Jake Noble found the net to level the scores midway through the first half but a well-rehearsed corner routine put Rovers back in front and they closed out the game thanks in no small part to keeper Nick Punter’s heroics.

The custodian made several terrific second-half saves to maintain his side’s advantage and, although the creation of chances pleased player-manager Wardley, he knows missed opportunities could cost his team, who are currently fifth bottom, in the long-run.

Wardley told the Reporter: “We were under the cosh for much of the first half but despite them going ahead, we got one back through Jake.

“We looked to be doing okay but gifted them a second goal. It was a totally different game in the second half but their keeper was on fire so we just have to accept it.

“There were positives from the game because they’re a good side and in that second half I’d say we were the better team so I’m pleased in that regard.

“We just know good performances and not results can cost you so we’re going to have to fight for our lives at the bottom by picking up points wherever we can and in any circumstances.”

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