Hockey: Wells to the double as Walden ran out winners at St Ives
15:50 30 January 2014
Saffron Walden’s promotion push took a massive injection to the arm during a weekend of results which went in their favour.
The team, minus skipper Matt Wells who was unavailable for the match, registered an important three points at St Ives and, elsewhere, table toppers Old Southendians (OS) did them a favour by beating third-placed Havering.
Walden remain in second spot, a point behind OS, but now have a five-point cushion over Havering.
Wells said: “Southendians beating Havering is probably the best result we could have asked for.
“I know Southendians are a point in front of us, but I’d much rather the five-point cushion over third place because it takes the pressure off a bit.”
Walden had to overcome a tough start on Saturday, and remained defensively solid for the opening period of the game as St Ives dominated.
But, once they’d gained a foothold in the match, they began to create chances and eventually ran out worthy winners. Ben Wells hit two and David Boyd registered on the scoresheet.
On another day it could have been six or seven, but Matt Wells was pleased with the result.
“St Ives are a useful side and they’ve picked up a couple of players. They had some dangerous forwards,” he added. “It is important to win these sort of games.”
Walden return to action in another important game on Saturday as they host Upminster. Wells, who will return to the fray for the match, urged his team not to take anything for granted.
“Upminster are in a mix of clubs at the bottom but it’s hard to tell,” he said. “Everyone [in the division] has something to play for, particularly as four teams go down, and there are no easy games now.”