Bloods secure a memorable victory on Armistice Day match
Thurlow Nunn Premier Division
Saturday, 11 November 2017
Saffron Walden Town 3
Ipswich Wanderers 1
Saffron Walden Town struck two late goals to beat Ipswich Wanderers at Catons Lane on an Armistice Day match, following a two-minute silence which was observed respectfully by both teams and the 217-strong crowd.
The home boys created the first chance of the match in the 2nd minute as Daniel Trendall found himself through on goal on the right hand side of the box, but fired the ball straight at the goalkeeper.
The bloods came close again inside 12 minutes, as skipper Spike Bell’s floated free kick from the left came agonisingly close to reaching a Walden head before it was just about cleared out of play by an Ipswich defender.
The first goal of the game came for Saffron Walden in the 17th minute. James Crane’s lay off on the edge of the box was smashed home by Charlie Portway with a brilliant long range shot.
Following their goal, Walden came close twice again in quick succession, the first through Trendall’s well-timed header from a cross rattling against the crossbar, and the second coming from Joseph Murphy’s header from a corner sailing inches over.
The visitors had kept pretty quiet thus far, but 10 minutes before half time Joe O’Hare fired the ball into the bottom left corner of Neil O’Sullivan’s goal. Bell’s sliding attempt to try and clear it off the line wasn’t enough to stop Walden being pulled back to 1:1.
Moments later, Crane had a half chance to make it 2:1 to the Bloods. His quick dribbling enabled him to cut inside from the left of the box, but he couldn’t find the target.
HT SWT 1:1 IPS
Saffron Walden got things going again in the second half as Murphy’s shot from the centre of the penalty area forced a good save from the Ipswich keeper, Daniel Joyce.
In the 59th minute, Wanderers found themselves with a very similar chance as their striker’s shot inside the box gave O’Sullivan some work to do, but he dealt with it well.
Walden thought they had taken the lead once again in the 62nd minute, but Portway’s tap in from close range was deemed offside by the linesman on the right hand side.
However, this didn’t matter to Walden. In the 82nd minute, Bell’s free kick from the halfway line found Ashley Skeggs in the centre of the box, and he was able to tuck it away to put the Bloods back in front.
Five minutes later, Walden sealed the deal through scorer of the opening goal, Charlie Portway. He dummied two Ipswich defenders in the penalty area before driving the ball into the bottom left corner in tremendous fashion.
Team: O’Sullivan, Bell (C.), Ledwith, Murphy, Skeggs, Moody, Emsden, Trendall, Portway, Simon-Parsons, Crane
Subs: Maybanks (65), Gray (88), Game, Cunning (90+1), C Dicker
Reported by James Moloney