Walden slip to shock defeat at Needham Market

PUBLISHED: 13:10 13 November 2013 | UPDATED: 13:10 13 November 2013

Keeper Paul Wood clears the ball.

Keeper Paul Wood clears the ball.


A breakaway goal with the last kick of the game condemned Saffron Walden to a frustrating defeat at lowly Needham Market Reserves.

The shock goal brought an end to Walden’s five-game unbeaten league run, and appeared to have dealt a severe blow to their promotion hopes, but other results in the league conspired to limit the damage.

Shaun Avis, twice, Spike Bell, Matt Snelling and Louis Harper all went close to breaking the deadlock, while Marcus Taylor headed against the bar at the other end, as the frist half ended goalless.


The slippery surface was a leveller, with scoring chances hard to come by.

Keeper Paul Wood, who had little to do in the game, was nearly caught out by a long range effort which he spilt against the post before saving in the 82nd minute. Two minutes later the odds moved into Walden’s favour when Crane was brought down by Paul Seward when breaking through, and the Needham player was sent off.

Walden pushed on in a desperate bid to take maximum and their best opportunity came in the 86th minute when Avis’ powerful shot was saved by home keeper James Broadfoot.

Although the traffic was one way, a goal would not come for the visitors. And in the last minute Needham broke quickly from defence and from 35 yards out substitute Connor Ward lofted a high curling shot which Wood could only palm into his own net, to leave the Walden players devastated at the shock defeat.

WALDEN: Paul Wood, Spike Bell, Jamie Solkhon, Matt Snelling, Chris Reid, Stuart Wardley, Joe Murphy (James Crane – 64 mins.), Ross Laird, Shaun Avis, Darren Bicknell (Cameron Watson – 80 mins.), Louis Harper (Jake Noble 85 mins.)

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