Bloods suffer heavy defeat
Thurlow Nunn Premier Division
Saturday, 14 April 2018
Saffron Walden Town 1
Stowmarket Town 5
Saffron Walden Town hosted Stowmarket Town in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division fixture which saw six goals, unfortunately with five being against the Bloods, but a nonetheless entertaining game for the gathered crowd of 282. The fixture was dedicated to the late Eric
Barker who enjoyed two spells as a bloods player, as well as having played for Cambridge United in between. Eric was a Royal Engineer and also played football for the army command side while stationed in Hong Kong.
The first action of the game came as the opening goal for the visitors in the 10th minute. Attacker Josh Mayhew was able to lob bloods keeper, Neil O’Sullivan to open the scoring.
Five minutes later, Stowmarket doubled their lead, this time through Remi Garrett. His shot from the centre of the box took a slight deflection as it crept in past O’Sullivan.
In the 33rd minute, Walden’s troubles were made worse as they conceded their third of the half. Similarly to his first, Mayhew was able to loop the ball over the keeper from the right hand side of the box.
Just as the half was coming to a close, Lewis Francis received a straight red card for a dangerous challenge down by the left corner flag of the end Walden were attacking.
HT SWT 0:3 STO
The first talking point of the second half came through a second straight red card for the home side. Julian Simon-Parsons saw red after his sliding challenge was deemed unacceptable by the referee.
However, ten minutes later, Stowmarket’s goalkeeper was awarded a straight red card after handling the ball outside of his area in a one on one with James Crane.
Stowmarket scored the fourth goal in the 74th minute, again through Mayhew as he headed it off the left post and into the goal.
Mayhew bagged his fourth five minutes later as he smashed it home from the centre of the box after a low driven cross in from the right.
Finally, late in the game, the home side managed to grab a consolation goal. Joe Murphy fired it in over the goalkeeper from the edge of the box after a lay off from Tom Lakin.
Team: O’Sullivan, Bell ©, Ledwith, Mallett, Moody, Fleming, Okosi, Simon-Parsons, Lakin, Portway, Francis
Subs: Emsden (>57), Murphy (>49) (*90), Crane (>65), Grindrod, Wardley
Report by James Moloney