Football: Walden Ladies are well worth their attractive win
Basildon Town 1 Saffron Walden Ladies B 4 A FINE performance saw Walden get back to winning ways on Sunday Walden started the game the brighter of the two teams and passed the ball around with ease. The opening goal came from a corner which was not cle
Basildon Town 1
Ladies B 4
A FINE performance saw Walden get back to winning ways on Sunday
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Walden started the game the brighter of the two teams and passed the ball around with ease.
The opening goal came from a corner which was not cleared. Rissa Cahill saw her volley blocked but Kim Jeffery sent an unstoppable shot into the back of the net from just inside the box.
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The visitors dominated the game after this and played a real team game with attractive attacking football.
Their dominance was rewarded soon after as captain Julia Lockley picked up a perfect pass from Lauren Hepburn and scored with a sublime lob from twenty yards out which left the keeper stranded.
Jeffery claimed her second of the game early into the second half after she exchanged passes with Julia Cornell to round her marker and score with a low drive.
Basildon thought that they had begun a mini revival shortly after as they finally penetrated the Walden defence to beat keeper Monica Scully.
Their delight was to be shortlived though as Jeffery ran the ball to the left bye-line before being hauled down.
Harrison stepped up to take the resulting free-kick and curled the ball into the top right hand corner of the net to score her first ever goal for the club.
Walden were very deserving of the three points and will be full of confidence heading into the clash away to Beacon Hill on Sunday in the League Cup.
Walden Spirit U-12 1 Royston Town Colts 7
SPIRIT knew from their previous encounter that this was always going to be a tough return match but Royston were by far the more committed of the two teams and having taken an early lead never looked likely to lose the tie.
Despite going 1-0 down in the first minute Spirit played some really good football in the first 15 minutes.
Flora Warren had a shot saved and Emma Jenkins saw her shot go wide but when Royston pinched a second goal, somewhat against the run of play, it was always going to be difficult for Spirit to get something from the game.
Royston continued to build on their lead and despite some good goalkeeping from Anna Carter-Gladwin two further goals before hal-ftime gave Royston a comfortable 4-0 lead.
Another quick goal from Royston early in the second half temporarily spurred Walden Spirit into action. Hannah Parker forced the Royston keeper to pull off a good save, persistence from Jodie Atkins nearly forced Royston to score an own goal and Emma Jenkins fine solo run ended with her shot going high over the crossbar. Royston, however, were always a threat in attack and a couple of quick breaks together with some clinical finishing saw the visitors snatch two good goals.
To their credit Walden never gave up and were rewarded late on in the game with a well-worked goal from Parker.
n A late goal from Emma Griffin gave Spirit under-11s victory at Burwell Swifts.
n Kate O'Sullivan's early goal for the under-14s proved to be only a consolation as they lost 6-1 at St Neots.