Football - Rich pickings

PUBLISHED: 10:18 12 January 2006 | UPDATED: 20:09 28 May 2010

Dave Pledger's drive at the feet of Ashley Brand is in vain

Dave Pledger's drive at the feet of Ashley Brand is in vain

MARCH TOWN UTD 1 (A Brand) SAFFRON WALDEN 4 (R Chadwick 2, K Vallis, B Green) RICHARD Chadwick was on target twice as Walden ended their run of six draws with a comfortable victory at strugglers March. The victory Walden's seventh in the Ridgeons Leagu

MARCH TOWNUTD 1 (A Brand)SAFFRON WALDEN 4 (R Chadwick 2, K Vallis, B Green)RICHARD Chadwick was on target twice as Walden ended their run of six draws with a comfortable victory at strugglers March.The victory - Walden's seventh in the Ridgeons League Division One this season - saw the Bloods complete their first double of the campaign.Chadwick gave the Bloods the perfect start when he opened the scoring after just two minutes.Gareth Lippiatt, making his first start for Marc Das' side, won the ball in midfield and held off a defender before passing to Ben Riches.He played the ball to Chadwick, who sent a fierce shot into the net.Riches went close 14 minutes later when he fired over after the visitors broke out of defence. Matt Danbury and Kevin Vallis both had good chances to double the lead during a first half in which the hosts failed to produce a worthwhile chance.Riches twice went close to making it 2-0 in the opening minutes of the second half.An inspired substitution from the hosts saw top scorer Ashley Brand join the action in the 59th minute, and with his first kick he levelled the score when he drilled home a cross.March were on level terms for just 90 seconds, following a superb effort from Kevin Vallis. Ben Riches won the ball with his back to the goal and laid the ball off to Vallis, who sent a 30-yard screamer into the netWithin three minutes it was 3-1, with Riches again the provider for Chadwick to power the ball home.Home keeper Andrew Bryan did well to save from Riches in the 70th minute. But he could do nothing to prevent Walden's fourth goal.Darren Wardley intercepted the ball in midfield and cut out to the right before passing to Brad Green. He Green beat two men before laying it off for the impressive Lippiatt to blast home.Walden: D Pledger, D Wardley, M Wright, A Riches, M Danbury, K Vallis (M Clarke), B Green, S Anderson, B Riches (T Richardson), G Lippiatt (J Harvey), R Chadwick. Unused subs: M Das, S Leys.- The Bloods return to Catons Lane, on Saturday, against Fulbourn Institute.

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