Wardley praises 'vastly improved' Walden

PUBLISHED: 09:17 19 March 2015 | UPDATED: 09:17 19 March 2015

Jamie Solkhon. Picture: Jamie Pluck

Jamie Solkhon. Picture: Jamie Pluck

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Saffron Walden Town put in an improved performance to arrest their recent run of bad form and pick up a vital three points at home to Halstead Town on Tuesday.

The Bloods were comprehensively beaten by Swaffham Town two weeks ago and narrowly edged by Great Yarmouth on Saturday.

Another loss could have ended their quest for automatic promotion but Walden put in a good performance to beat Halstead.

“It was a vast improvement from the last two games,” said manager Stuart Wardley. “We got back to where we were prior to a few weeks ago.

“I was really pleased with the performance; we bossed the game and, to be honest, we created a lot of chances.”

He added: “We looked hungry and the lads looked like they enjoyed it. Of course, you always enjoy it more when you’re winning, but there was a lot of positives to take from the game.

“We had a shakey 10 minutes after they scored but we thoroughly deserved it; we played well and scored two good goals.”

Wardley insists Walden will have to reproduce the performance to beat a tough Braintree side on Saturday.

“They’re a good side with a lot of youth players so they have willing runners and don’t stop for the whole game,” he said. “They have a quality front three, too, so they will pose a threat.

“Hopefully we can do what we did on Tuesday: stay hard to beat and create plenty of goal-scoring opportunities.”

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