The Bloods have a shot at promotion

PUBLISHED: 10:50 22 February 2011

Mitchell Das helped himself to a brace

Mitchell Das helped himself to a brace

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MARCH, or more accurately marching, is the best way to describe Walden’s upward surge as they continue to hunt down the Ridgeons First Division’s leading pack.

March Town United 1 Saffron Walden Town 3

MARCH, or more accurately marching, is the best way to describe Walden’s upward surge as they continue to hunt down the Ridgeons First Division’s leading pack.

Six goals in two games with only one reply, including a 3-0 victory over current league leaders Cambridge University Press, have established John Butchart’s and Marc Das’s men as genuine promotion contenders.

Speaking after Saturday’s 3-1 away win against March, assistant manager Butchart said: “All the lads are firing on all four cylinders at the moment and the performance on Saturday was very good. Everyone is really pleased at the club and we want to carry on this run because confidence is high.”

One of the secrets to Walden’s recent resurgence – 16 goals and 13 points in five games – is that they have developed a settled team and free-flowing formation which allows them to attack with width.

This paid dividends again on Saturday as a goal from Graeme Turner, in the first ten minutes, and two from Mitchell Das before half time sealed all three points.

Walden even had a Jamie Solkhon goal ruled out for offside when he appeared to be behind the ball from a Spike Bell cross with the score at 2-1. The home side’s solitary effort came from the penalty spot courtesy of Ashley Brand.

Solkhon’s disallowed effort was not the only controversy during a competitive match though as Butchart questioned some of the refereeing on show when Zac Collins took a blow to the head.

“It was a serious head injury and blood was pouring from Zac’s head,” said Butchart. “But the referee wouldn’t let us go off the quickest way to the changing rooms and instead told us to around the pitch which was ridiculous – our only aim was to get Zac treatment as early as possible but he threatened to give us both a red card.”

Collins was joined on the treatment table after a bruising encounter by Kevin Riley who took a knock on the ankle and Mitchell Das who fell awkwardly on his shoulder.

With Spike Bell being rested ahead of this Saturday’s clash with Swaffham Town Butchart is hoping all three will be fit: “I spoke to them all on Monday and they all seem to be fine so apart from Spike we should be at full strength again.”

Next: The Bloods host Swaffham Town at Catons Lane this Saturday. Kick off 3pm.


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