Saffron Walden focus on FA Cup after successful Essex Senior League start

Gavin Cockman Saffron Walden Town

Gavin Cockman netted Saffron Walden Town's last-minute winner against Clapton - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Saffron Walden Town turn their attentions to the FA Cup this weekend, after starting the Essex Senior League season with a win.

The Bloods beat Clapton 2-1 at Catons Lane thanks to a last-minute goal from Gavin Cockman, on his 100th appearance for the club.

Palvy Manduakila was also on target in front of an opening-day crowd of 294 for Jason Maher's men, who travel to Barking to take on Romford in an extra preliminary round tie on Saturday.

The winners will bank £1,125 in prize money and host Redbridge or Takeley in the preliminary round on August 20.

Walden have also announced a testimonial for long-serving Jason Crane later this season, ahead of his return for a 10th campaign at the club.

Crane made his debut against Swaffham in 2012 and Maher said: "I’m sure James will be delighted to raise some money for charity over the next year.

"It’s pretty special at any level to serve a club for 10 years and I hope that he will finish his playing days at the club."

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Steven Ince has also been announced as the new U23/reserve-team manager.