Walden fight back to earn a point against Needham

PUBLISHED: 15:20 26 January 2015 | UPDATED: 15:20 26 January 2015

James Bradbrook, Needham's goalkeeper, had a busy day against Saffron Walden. Picture: Jamie Pluck

James Bradbrook, Needham's goalkeeper, had a busy day against Saffron Walden. Picture: Jamie Pluck

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Two goals in six minutes saw Saffron Walden Town fight-back to earn a point at home against Needham Market Reserves in the Thurlow Nunn First Diivsion.

Playing their third game in seven days, the Bloods started slowly at Catons Lane and were punished in the 10th minute. A clearance went over Ben Lawrence allowing Kyran Field to race on to the ball and dispatch it past Floyd Croll.

Needham’s goalkeeeper, James Bradbrook, was busier than his opposite number but he wasn’t trouble by any of Walden’s efforts in the first half. Connor Ward doubled the visitors’ lead just past the half hour mark when Taylor Bannister, after a surging run in the penalty area, cut the ball back to him and he finished with aplomb.

The Bloods upped their output in the second half but still couldn’t find a way past Bradbrook as he denied, Graeme Turner, Charlie Gray and Craig Calver. He was finally beaten in the 73rd minute as Dan Grindrod found the net from outside the box. The second wasn’t long coming. After manager Stuart Wardley brought himself on for Stuart Kingham, he won a penalty with a shot that struck a defender’s arm. Calver converted the spot kick to bring Walden back on level terms.

Two minutes later, Calver had a good chance to score the third goal but pulled his shot wide. Turner did the same thing with seven minutes remaining. He did all the hard work but missed the target when he should have scored. There was still time for Wardley to force Bradbrook into a diving save but Needham’s custodian was up to the task and earned his side a point.

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