Picture gallery: Hockey: Walden pick up point against Colchester

09:11 04 October 2013

Tom Kemp celebrates one of his goals

Tom Kemp celebrates one of his goals

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Saffron Walden’s promotion bid in a new season has got off to a good start – although the team were left kicking themselves for not taking maximum points against Colchester on Saturday.

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Walden have opened with four points from six games, having won the first 2-1 at West Herts.

A Tom Kemp hat-trick on Saturday should have been enough to seal another three points, but Walden could not take advantage of a host of chances in front of goal.

Skipper Matt Wells said: “We can’t complain too much with four points from six but it was disappointing [against Colchester] because we should have won.

“We had lots of chances but just couldn’t find the back of the net. It was one of those games where we needed one to go, and the floodgates would have opened.”

Colchester took an early lead against the run of play before Kemp struck from two short corners to give the hosts a 2-1 half-time advantage.

A third, from Kemp, put his team firmly in the driving seat. But Colchester hit back immediately, before grabbing a late equaliser after some sloppy defensive play from Walden.

The points put Walden into second place in the table.

“We’re looking for promotion but the aim is to finish top,” said Wells.

“It’s a more experienced-looking squad – we’ve had players come back and there are three of us in there who’ve played at a national level, so we’re looking strong.

“If the team can gel quickly we’ll be in with a good shout.”

Walden travel to newly-promoted Bourne Deeping on Saturday, 12.30pm start.

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