Walden want to build on good year to climb

PUBLISHED: 09:00 04 January 2018

Saffron Walden Town chairman Jonathan Scripps is hoping the club can build on a strong 2017 and push towards the top of the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties table in the new year.

The Bloods are set to welcome Walsham le Willows to Catons Lane for their first outing of 2018 on Saturday, having beaten Haverhill Rovers on Boxing Day.

They saw Saturday’s trip to Hadleigh United postponed due to waterlogged pitch, but Scripps is hoping they can pick up from where they left off in front of their own supporters.

He said: “The Bloods looks to continue the hard work from 2017 and push for a top six finish in May. This will be an amazing achievement in a very strong league.

“Walsham Le Willows will be a tough match. They currently sit in 19th place and came close to getting a result against promotion contenders Stowmarket.

“Our away match against Hadleigh was called off, so we haven’t played since our 1-0 win against Haverhill Rovers, which had our best gate so far this season of 420.

“It would be great if we could have this every week. The fans play a huge part and encourage and motivate the players.

“Catons Lane is always a difficult place for any team to come and get a result, which has shown in the home form this season.”

Walden are currently ninth, four points behind fifth-placed Godmanchester with a game in hand.

Scripps added: “Stuart Wardley and Maher have worked hard to make us difficult to beat and I am hopeful if the players play with the same drive as they did on Boxing Day, then we shall earn all three points.

“I’d like to wish all our fans, sponsors, players, management, board and volunteers a happy new year and we look forward to seeing you soon. Up the Bloods!”

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