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Saffron Walden Town FC
Sawbrigeworth Town FC
C Portway (65')
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Sat 9 Sep 15:00 - Cup

Saffron Walden Town FC 1 – Sawbridgeworth Town FC 2

Stuart Wardley’s men were knocked out of the FA Vase on Saturday after losing 2-1 against Sawbridgeworth Town. A heroic comeback was on the cards, but Sawbridgeworth did enough damage in the first half, and deserved to advance into the next round.

Saffron Walden Town FC 1 – Sawbridgeworth Town FC 2

FA Vase – 1st Round Qualification 9th September 2017

Stuart Wardley’s men were knocked out of the FA Vase on Saturday after losing 2-1 against Sawbridgeworth Town. A heroic comeback was on the cards, but Sawbridgeworth did enough damage in the first half, and deserved to advance into the next round.

Sawbridgeworth started the match well, and took control from the kick off with two opportunities from set pieces. Both attacks were well defended by Walden. The Bloods had a very good opportunity to open the scoring, but couldn’t find the back of the net.

The first goal was brilliantly taken by Sawbridgeworth’s talented forward Lewis Francis. Francis took hold of the ball in space, and smashed it past Martin Guest and into the back of the net.

Three minutes later they should have made it two nil, but captain Spike Bell’s sliding block sent the ball away from the goal and off for a corner.

This gave the Bloods confidence and they looked for an equaliser, but struggled to test keeper Matt Ponter.

Half an hour into the match, and Sawbridgeworth won a corner. There first effort on goal was well blocked by Ryan Fleming, but the ball rebounded kindly from Francis, and his first time strike was buried into the corner of the net.

At half time goalkeeper Martin Guest was substituted for manager Stuart Wardley after breaking his hand minutes before half time. Wardley didn’t have a substitute goalkeeper, so took on the role for the second half.

Within ten minutes of the second half, Jason Maher replaced Jamie Dicker with Connor Molloy and Joe Murphy with James Crane to add more attacking options.

Wardley was cheered by the fans every time he was called into action, and 18 minutes into the match made an excellent safe by tipping a shot over the bar, giving the fans hope of a dramatic last half an hour.

Last week’s ‘man of the match’ Tom Lakin ran into the Sawbridgeworth area, and was tripped, giving the referee no choice but to award the Bloods a penalty. With heavy raining coming down, Charlie Portway beat Ponter and gave the Bloods a chance.

Walden continued to attack and were working hard to get an equaliser, but found themselves down to ten men after Connor Molloy was sent off for a late challenge.

Despite being a man down Walden continued to push and work hard for another goal, to send the game into extra time, but unfortunately for the Bloods, they were unable to do so.

Full Time: Saffron Walden Town FC 1 – Sawbridgeworth Town FC 2

Fans MOTM went to Stuart Wardley.

The first team are at home again this Saturday against Kirkley and Pakefield. The U18s also have a match this Thursday against Ely City.


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Goal Charlie Portway scores for Saffron Walden Town FC

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Charlie Portway scores for Saffron Walden Town FC
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  • Charlie Portway Goal 65:00'

Team selection

Guest, Martin Guest, Martin
Bell, Spike Bell, Spike
Ledwith, Ronnie Ledwith, Ronnie
Lakin, Thomas Lakin, Thomas
Dicker, Jamie Dicker, Jamie
Fleming, Ryan Fleming, Ryan
Emsden, Oliver Emsden, Oliver
Noble, Jake Noble, Jake
Portway, Charlie Portway, Charlie
Murphy, Joe Murphy, Joe
Turner, Graeme Turner, Graeme

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