Walden win in the heat, but will thirst for more

PUBLISHED: 17:46 25 April 2011

Mitchell Das in action

Mitchell Das in action

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A SECOND half demolition job has sparked promotion hopes among supporters as they begin to see a young side shaping up for a top three challenge next season.

Ridgeons First Division

Saffron Walden 5 Halstead Town 1

A SECOND half demolition job has sparked promotion hopes among supporters as they begin to see a young side shaping up for a top three challenge next season.

In the Easter Monday warmth both teams looked lethargic in the opening 45 minutes, and only a Joe Murphy tap in at the near post divided them at the break.

In the second half, the Bloods conceded an equaliser via a Jordan Palmer header, but it was the home side, not the weather, that turned up the heat.

Halstead could not live with the counter-attacking speed of Marc Das’ men and goals from Brad Green, Sean Anderson, Joe Murphy, and Danny Butchart soon followed.

The talk after, and during a dominant second period, was of the aims and objectives for next season. The 183-strong might be right.

Some ground improvements are a possibility but if the red and blacks can stay injury free, the belief at Catons Lane is that a promotion push in 2011/12 is the ultimate, and achievable, goal.

Monday’s thrashing of mid-table Halstead followed hot on the heels of a 2-2 draw at Fakenham Town with Spike Bell and Mitchell Das on the scoresheet.

Das has 19 goals for the season and is only a hat-trick away from being joint top of the scoring charts. The last game of the season against Gorleston is a big opportunity.

The fixture is also a chance for Walden to test themselves against a team that has already been promoted and a win could see them finish as ‘best of the rest’ in fifth place.

Next year though you get the feeling that ‘best of the rest’ will simply not be enough as the loyal fans thirst for more.

- Saffron Walden looked to have finished top of the attendance league with just over 2,200 people coming through the gate this season – an average of 136.

Next: They travel to Gorleston on Saturday for their final game of the season. Kick off 3pm.


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