June 19 2013 Latest news:
Michael Edwards, Sports Reporter
Friday, September 21, 2012
WALDEN boss Colin Wallington has waved away suggestions his team is ill-disciplined following two red cards in three games – both for violent conduct.
Creative midfielder Lee Owen misses Saturday’s game against Braintree Reserves as he starts a three-game ban after being sent off in the 5th minute of a 1-0 win over Brightlingsea Regent for “striking out” at Scott Page.
James Abbott also faces time on the sidelines after his red card in Saturday’s FA Vase tie against Haverhill Rovers after a scuffle with Dan Cornwell – both players were given their marching orders with Rovers going on to win 4-2.
Despite having to see two key players sidelined through suspension, Wallington does not believe his side lacks discipline.
“I don’t think it’s a problem,” he told the Reporter.
“Nicky and I are asking them to get in players faces and be aggressive because we want to win.
“I always knew they had low breaking points – for lack of a better phrase – but when you are striving for success you want winners and they are definitely winners.
“Lee’s sending off was a flash of temper – he did something stupid and he knew it, but he is not that kind of player and I thought James was unlucky – there have been games where he’s been lucky to stay on the pitch but he should not have been sent off against Haverhill. I thought it was harsh.”
Saffron Walden fans will hope the manager is right - they can’t afford to lose players with clashes against three of the top six teams in the Thurlow Nunn League Division 1 in the next three weeks.