Who can stop Wardley’s Warriors?
It’s all smiles at Caton’s Lane, as the Bloods won again to continue their great run in the Thurlow Nunn League. Walden welcomed fourth place Wroxham FC, and they trashed them 5-1.
Saffron Walden Town 5 – Wroxham FC 1 - 27th October 2017
It’s all smiles at Caton’s Lane, as the Bloods won again to continue their great run in the Thurlow Nunn League. Walden welcomed fourth place Wroxham FC, and they trashed them 5-1. This is the third weekend in a row that they have beaten teams above them on the league.
The Bloods still remain 7th, but are now on level points with big spending Coggeshall, who currently occupy 3rd place. Walden also have the league cup and the Essex Senior cup to play for. Assistant Manager Jason Maher said, when asked what the difference was between this squad and previous squads. He stressed the fact that the team spirit is better than ever, with every player playing for each other.
Both teams started the match cautiously and focused on keeping the ball, and not allowing any goal scoring opportunities. The first great opportunity fell to Julian Simon- Parson, when he won the ball on the 18 yard box; used his strength to give himself a yard of space, but his strike was well save by Viner.
Ryan Fleming came close in the 25th minute, when he connected with Spike Bell’s fee kick, but his headed effort floated over the crossbar.
The Bloods first goal was from a penalty, after Dan Trendall was tripped over in the box, as he was about to pull the trigger. Up-stepped player manager Stuart Wardley who scored from the spot. Viner all most saved it, but the power was too much to keep it out of the goal.
In the second half the Bloods pushed for a second goal, and started to look like the better team.
60 minutes into the match, the Bloods were awarded another penalty after Julian Simon- Parson was tripped by Plumstead. This all came from
Dan Trendall’s excellent work, by chasing down the ball and keeping it in play. James Crane took the penalty and smashed it into the corner of the net.
Wroxham had to improve their game, and started to increase pressure on the Bloods defence. They had three back to back opportunities from free kick and two corners, but each time the Bloods swallowed up their efforts.
Dan Trendall was causing issues throughout the match, and ran onto James Crane lobbed through ball. He switched the ball onto his right foot, and buried into the corner of the net from a tight angle for Waldens third goal.
Walden continued to dominate, and five minutes later found themselves 4-0 up. Julian Simon-Parson, intercepted a pass from Viner to Plumstead. Simon-Parson played the perfect touch towards the goal; and with a thunderous strike, rattled the back of the net.
The fans were enjoying every minute, and wanted more. Charlie Portway was introduced into the match with 10 minute to go, and game very close to scoring with an excellent header, but Viner pulled of an excellent save. The trouble was not over, and both Portway and Murphy tried to scramble the ball into the goal. It was Joe Murphy; who celebrated his 200th cap, with the 5th goal for a few yard out.
Minutes to go, Wroxham got a consolation goal after they connected at the far post from a few yards out.
FT: Saffron Walden Town FC 5 – Wroxham FC 1
Fans MOTM went to Julian Simon-Parson
The first team are on the road for a few weeks but are back at Catons Lane on the 11th November against Ipswich Wanders. The impressive U18s are at home on Thursday evening and welcome St Neots and the Reserves are at home on Saturday 4th November in the cup.