Walden want to end well after a happy Christmas

PUBLISHED: 13:00 28 December 2017

Saffron Walden Town celebrate a goal (pic Jamie Pluck)

Saffron Walden Town celebrate a goal (pic Jamie Pluck)

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Saffron Walden Town head to Hadleigh United on Saturday looking to end the year on a high note.

The Bloods enjoyed a decent Christmas weekend, after taking four points from a possible six in the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties Premier Division.

Stuart Wardley’s men had to settle for a point at bottom club Wivenhoe Town, following a goalless stalemate on Saturday.

But they earned the Boxing Day bragging rights over rivals Haverhill Rovers with a 1-0 win at Catons Lane thanks to a second-half goal from substitute Dan Trendall.

Joe Murphy went close early on, as he controlled the ball on the edge of the box and sent his effort narrowly wide.

Joe Maybanks beat three visiting defenders and sent a dipping shot onto the roof of the net, before Connor Molloy went close with a header from a free-kick, which was well saved by Charlie Turner.

Bloods keeper Neil O’Sullivan produced an excellent save to deny the visitors at point-blank range before half time, then Rory Jebb saw his effort cleared off the line in the second half, after Walden’s Spike Bell had a shot tipped over.

Trendall almost made an instant impact after joining the action but his curling effort beat Turner and went just wide.

Man of the match O’Sullivan pulled off another stunning save to keep out Jebb’s shot on the turn from close range around the 70-minute mark, before Walden grabbed the only goal of the game soon after.

Molloy’s excellent through ball put Trendall in space and he calmly lifted his shot over Turner and saunder the crossbar.

Trendall also had claims for a penalty turned down, while Mitch Burr and Rafa Wozniak spurned late chances for Haverhill.

And Walden chairman Jonathan Scripps was delighted to see his side hol, saying: “The match could have gone either way, but the Bloods showed great determination and deserved all three points. Thanks to the 420 fans who came along to watch, which created an excellent atmosphere for all.”

Walden welcome Walsham-le-Willows on January 6.

Walden: O’Sullivan, Bell, Ledwith, Molloy, Moody, Fleming, Emsden (Simon-Parsons), Murphy, Maybanks (Trendall), Portway, Crane. Unused subs: Skeggs, Lakin, Naylor.

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