Saffron Walden see off Woodford in battle of the Towns
PUBLISHED: 09:30 22 October 2018
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Essex Senior League: Woodford Town 1 Saffron Walden Town 2
Woodford Town’s recent winning streak came to an end against Saffron Walden Town in front of a season’s best crowd of 285 at the Harlow Arena.
The encounter lived up to the billing of match of the day in the Essex Senior league with the Bloods in fourth place at the start of play and one of the favourites for promotion this season after a strong start.
It was Walden who started stronger in front of a large visiting prescence who had made the trip down the M11 from Junction Nine to Junction Seven.
The visitors were denied what looked like a clear cut penalty in the opening exchanges, but were not to be denied and took the lead on 19 minutes.
Good play by Craig Calver set up Dan Trendall for a chance and he headed home after some slack marking from the Woods.
The Bloods continued to dominate with Woods goalkeeper Alex Reed continuing his recent fine form with a string of saves, but before half time the hosts’ levelled.
Dee Safer’s men produced their first real moment of quality in the 40th minute as some precise interplay set up Connor Leon for a superb 25-yard strike to delight the noisy home fans.
Woodford upped the tempo in an end-to-end second half which saw the visitors create the better opportunities, but with time running out Walden delivered the final blow after a fine cross by James Crane was headed past the excellent Reed by Spike Bell.