We’re back on track, says Wardley after Halstead win

PUBLISHED: 13:00 19 March 2015

Chris Reid clears his lines.

Chris Reid clears his lines.


Stuart Wardley believes Saffron Walden Town are ‘back on track’ after picking up their first win in three outings on Tuesday night.

The Bloods had suffered a critical loss to Swaffham Town two weeks ago and followed it up with defeat at Great Yarmouth on Saturday. Those results saw Walden surrend top spot in the Thurlow Nunn First Division to Long Melford and fall behind Swaffham in the standing.

They bounced back at Catons Lane on Tuesday with a 2-1 win over Halstead Town - see inside for report and reaction - to rekindle their promotion push and stay in touch with the top two teams.

“For me, it was a must-win game. It was three points that we had to win to keep in contact with Long Melford and Swaffham,” said Wardley.

“The teams behind us [in the league] were catching us as well, so it eased a bit of pressure. We needed it to keep spirits up; the last couple of games were deflating, but the boys showed great character to get us back on track.”

The loss to Swaffham was Walden’s first since August and to follow it up with defeat at Yarmouth, it looked like they were running out of steam at the worst possible time.

But, following Tuesday’s win, Wardley believes his side are back to where they were two weeks ago, when they set a new club record after going 24 games unbeaten.

“Tuesday was all about getting the lads’ enjoyment back into the game,” he said.

“They worked hard for one another, which was key. They pulled together well and got the win they deserved.”

He added: “All we can do is keep winning games and see if we can put pressure on the top teams.”

Walden welcome Braintree to Catons Lane this Saturday, 3pm kick-off. The last time the teams met Chris Reid scored the only goal of the game for Walden.

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