Walden overcome tough challenge to see off the seasiders
PUBLISHED: 11:18 06 October 2010
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ON the second weekend of the new season, Saffron Walden Men’s first team ventured into the heartlands of Essex to face a tough challenge from a physical Southend side.
With a couple of young debutants to the top team, and under the watchful eye of Clive Newitt, this match was always going to be a David and Goliath contest.
After the initial exchanges Walden romped into an early lead. Chris Boyd slipped the ball down the right wing where Tom Grieg ghosted past the watching defence. His pass across the D found the waiting Frasier Hill who swept the ball home.
The home team rallied and capitalised on a period of lunacy from Walden, first wiping out the deficit and then moving into the lead with two opportunistic goals.
However, after an improvised short corner routine, Matthew Edwards deceived the keeper with the pace of his strike and managed to trickle the ball into the goal to bring the scores level at half time.
After the break, the speed and energy of Walden’s young side started to take hold.
After some sustained pressure, Edwards was able to take the visitors into the lead with a rifled shot fired between the keepers legs.
Showing maturity beyond their years, Walden were able to manage the game from this point, defending strong and hitting Southend on the break.
In the dying minutes, and after another period of sustained pressure, Jonathan Shipman took advantage of a deflected short corner strike by slotting the ball into the back of the net - the performance and the result sparking flickers of optimism for the team this season.