Walden trounce Thurrock
PUBLISHED: 09:30 23 February 2012
SAFFRON Walden continued their push towards promotion with an emphatic 4-0 trouncing of a combative Thurrock at home on Saturday.
Toby Watson opened the scoring early on with a tap in from a short corner. Walden continued to control the game through Alex Flynn and Ben Wells, although Tom Chapman was called to make a couple of outstanding saves in goal and Ali Cowper did make a vital stick save on the Walden goal line.
The hosts went 2-0 up early in the second half through a second from Watson with a flick low to the keeper’s right from another short corner.
With the defence in almost complete control Walden continued to dominate with the pace of Robert Hartle a continuous threat to the sluggish Thurrock left back.
Andy Boyd scored the third before Watson scrambled home his third and Walden’s fourth. The result keeps Walden in second place just one point behind Southend with a game in hand.
• Meanwhile, Walden slipped to an 8-2 defeat away at Wisbech in the National Cup on Sunday.
Playing against a team two divisions above with players in their prime, Newitt’s young side were given a lesson in how to play total team hockey.
Wisbech, even after their long journey, were quicker out of the blocks and were two up in five minutes, one from a simple short corner routine and the second a rasping reverse stick strike.
Walden did play with some control for long periods of the game but were outdone by a side with greater control over the basics. The visitors played down both flanks while Walden persisted with attacking down the middle, a tactic that has worked against much weaker opposition in the league.
Wisbech took a six goal lead into the break. Walden pulled two goals back in the second half through Watson and Wells, before two more clinical finishes from the excellent Wisbech strikers put the game out of sight.