Two late Newmarket Town goals stun Saffron Walden Town
PUBLISHED: 11:00 08 September 2016 | UPDATED: 16:23 21 September 2016
Two goals in the final eight minutes saw promotion-chasing Newmarket Town leave Catons Lane with the three points on Saturday.
Walden had more of the play in the first half, kicking down the slope, but the Newmarket defence remained solid, and restricted the Bloods to few chances.
The deadlock was broken in the 40th minute when in a rare Newmarket attack the returning Jamie Solkhon was harshly adjudged to have committed a foul on the edge of the box.
Jamie Thurlbourne stepped up and sent a stunning free-kick past keeper Lee Pacey.
Few in the excellent midweek crowd of 197 spectators could have expected the second half goal rush as Walden surged out of the blocks in search of an equaliser.
The goal soon came in the 51st when Graeme Turner got on the end of a right wing cross, and although his first shot was blocked by a defender on the line, he scored from the rebound.
Walden were now well on top, and came close to scoring several times, but it was Newmarket who scored next through Lewis Whitehead with 23 minutes left on the clock.
Within 90 seconds Walden were level again with a magnificent goal.
A left wing cross from Solkhon was met by Joe Murphy’s powerful header.
Not long after James Crane had rattled the post with a shot, he got the goal he deserved in the 70th minute, following up to drive the ball into the net.
Walden looked as though they might add to their score but Newmarket made a late rally, and in the 82nd minute Scott Patterson levelled.
It was now anyone’s game as both sides went for the win, but heartbreakingly for Walden Newmarket scored a fourth goal with four minutes remaining through Whitehead, his second of the game.
Substitute Shaun Avis did get a header on target in the 89th minute, but Newmarket held on for the narrowest of wins.
On Saturday Walden have a rare local derby with Stansted in the FA Challenge Vase first qualifying round.
Stuart Wardley’s men return to league action on September 17 as they host Wivenhoe Town.
The visitors currently lie three places and two points higher than ninth-placed Walden after six games.