Youth product helps Saffron Walden Town bag Thurlow Nunn Premier Division win at rivals
PUBLISHED: 13:24 27 December 2016 | UPDATED: 12:51 28 December 2016
Saffron Walden Town picked up back-to-back Thurlow Nunn Premier Division victories for the first time since August with a come-from-behind 2-1 win at rivals Haverhill Rovers on Boxing Day.
Danny Hill had put the hosts in front early in the second half but Joe Murphy and James Crane hit back for the Bloods to see them rise to 14th in the table.
Rovers started the match with more possession and were passing the ball well but it didn’t take long for Walden to settle.
Five minutes in captain Spike Bell, playing his 300th game for the club, delivered a cross into the area for Murphy but the off-balance forward could not beat keeper Charlie Turner.
Ten minutes later Murphy was causing the defence issues again.
He connected well with Perry Moody’s cross but his header flew just wide of the post.
At the other end, Rovers had a good chance in the 16th minute.
The ball flashed across Walden’s six-yard box but Justin Leavers couldn’t guide the ball on target.
Turner then pulled off a great save at the near post to deny Charlie Dicker his first goal of the season.
Dicker ran on to Crane’s through-ball but with the Rovers defence closing the angle and his strong shot was beaten away by the keeper.
With five minutes to go, Rovers came very close to opening the scoring.
Leavers dribbled the ball into the box but his goal-bound shot was deflected for a corner.
Walden started the second half well but it was Rovers who took the lead.
Hill was given too much time on the ball, dribbling along the edge of the box and striking well past it keeper Lee Pacey.
This didn’t knock the Bloods’ confidence as they continued to attack Turner’s goal.
Dicker was unlucky not to score as his looping header went over Turner but hit the crossbar.
Walden’s pressure finally paid off and Murphy got the Bloods level.
Murphy chested down Bell’s corner and slotted it through the Rovers defence and into the net.
Moments later they were ahead.
U18s striker Oliver Borley, on for Dicker, bravely jumped for the ball and headed it into the path of Crane who tucked it past Turner.