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1st Team - Match centre

Saffron Walden Town
Kirkley & Pakefield
S Bell (40', 88')
Full time
Sat 16 Sep 15:00 - Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties - Premier Division

Saffron Walden Town FC 2 - Kirkley & Pakefield FC 2

Bloods captain Spike Bell came to the rescue as he found the back of the net twice in a fairly even match that could have gone either way.

Stuart Wardley’s men had to come from behind twice to earn them selves a point in very difficult conditions.

After some good pressure from Walden, it was Kirkley opened the scoring minutes after Greame Turner headed effort was denied by the cross bar. 9 found himself in space just outside the area and skillfully chipped the ball over O’Sullivan and in into the back of the net.

This didn’t let the Bloods heads drop and they continued to show good attacking form. The pressure finally paid off after some great work from Graeme Turner. Turner skillfully held up the ball in the six yard box; slipped the ball wide to Bell, and Bell smashed the ball into the back of the net.

Walden started the second half brightly, and looked favorites to take the lead. Chances came for both sides but neither keeper was really tested, but with ten minutes remaining it was Kirkley again who took the lead from a long range curling effort, which nestled into the back of the net.

With minutes remaining the Bloods piled on the pressure and showed no sign of giving up. Walden needed something special, and Captain Spike Bell ran onto a loose ball. He smashed the ball through three defenders and into the back of the net to rescue a point for Stuart Wardley’s me.

MOTM went to Spike Bell

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Key moments

Goal Spike Bell scores for Saffron Walden Town
Goal Spike Bell scores for Saffron Walden Town


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88:00 Goal 2 - 0
Spike Bell scores for Saffron Walden Town
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40:00 Goal 1 - 0
Spike Bell scores for Saffron Walden Town
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As it happened

  • Saffron Walden Town
  • Kirkley & Pakefield
  • 0
  • Spike Bell Goal 40:00'
  • Spike Bell Goal 88:00'

Team selection

O'Sullivan, Neil O'Sullivan, Neil
Bell, Spike Bell, Spike
Fleming, Ryan Fleming, Ryan
Emsden, Oliver Emsden, Oliver
Skeggs, Ashley Skeggs, Ashley
Tarman, Flynn Tarman, Flynn
Crane, James Crane, James
Noble, Jake Noble, Jake
Lakin, Thomas Lakin, Thomas
Turner, Graeme Turner, Graeme
Murphy, Joe Murphy, Joe

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
9. Newmarket Town 46 73
10. Kirkley & Pakefield 45 68
11. Saffron Walden Town 46 67
12. Thetford Town 46 66
13. Wroxham 46 66
14. Ely City 46 63
15. Great Yarmouth Town 46 59


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