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East Div 3: Saffron Walden II 4 Redbridge 1

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Redbridge’s men were undone by three goals either side of the break, before succumbing to a strong Saffron Walden side.

They may have lost 4-1 but the Reds were looking in good shape when Jake Forman gave them the lead.

But two goals just before the break and one immediately after turned the game on its head before second-placed 
Saffron scored another late on to complete the victory.

Captain Charlie Paddon felt his team were handicapped by a lack of substitutes, saying: “We normally have one or two substitutes, but we didn’t on Saturday, you could tell the players tired towards the end of the half.

“We played really well and were the better side at the start, but they’re a fairly fit side and it told.”

There was better news for Redbridge’s women, who gave a rousing performance to thrash Old Southendian 4-0 to maintain their four-point lead at the top of the Essex Premier.

Bronwyn Wood converted a short corner to give the Reds the lead.

Southend fought back, but failed to put Redbridge’s goal under any real pressure and the league’s top scorer, Tanya Hurst, made it 30 goals in just 17 games soon afterwards.

Two more goals were added in the second half as there was no let-up from the hosts.

Wood doubled her tally and Zoe Meades pushed the ball past the Southendian keeper to complete the rout.

The seconds were thrashed 9-0 by County Wanderers and remain rooted to the foot of the Essex Division Two standings.

But the men’s seconds gained a much-needed victory against Ramgarhia to move away from the foot of the Division Five table.

The third string were left to rue dropped points as they were held to a 1-1 draw by their Maldon rivals.

Danny Dicker struck to give Redbridge the lead, but they allowed Maldon to equalise as they lost their shape in the 
second half.

The hosts were denied by a succession of late saves from the visiting goalkeeper as they were forced to settle for a point.

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